The Honeymoon [review]

The Honeymoon - Tina Seskis

[Synopsis]

There’s trouble in paradise. . .

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight’s retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy. It should be paradise, but it’s turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes. After everything they’ve been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all – where has her husband gone?

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[My Review]

The Honeymoon is a gripping mystery that had me intrigued from the synopsis alone – and happily the book itself did not disappoint!

Told from a few different perspectives (but mainly from Jemma’s in both first and third person), the book takes us through what happens on the idyllic island in the Maldives that Jemma and her husband are honeymooning on, and the way her husband’s disappearance pans out, and also the lead up to this happening, travelling back in time to when they first met and their subsequent relationship. We also see some of the story from Chrissy’s point of view, who is also on holiday there with her husband.

Jemma herself is very difficult to like. She’s spoilt, shallow and quite harsh in her treatment of boyfriends. She also seem incredibly flaky. I feel like as the reader you’re supposed to dislike her a little, as it only adds to your uncertainty over whether she is to blame for the nightmare unfolding in the book. All along we are wondering who has something to hide, and whether we’re getting the full story from Jemma and those around her?

The story is fast paced and utterly addictive. I loved Tina Seskis’s writing and loved the various twists and turns that The Honeymoon presented. One of them (which is fairly early in the book but still a good twist, I think ) seems to have been given away in some reviews thay I’ve seen (after I read the book, luckily not before!) so I’m keeping all of those out of this review so as not to ruin any of it. Part of the enjoyment of this book is in being surprised, I think!

I absolutely loved the ending and was left feeling suitably satisfied, something I can’t always say about novels in this genre!

Great writing and a fun, easy to read storyline that kept me guessing makes this a fantastic summer read – or ‘any-time-of-the-year’ read, really! It’s fun, twisty, and surprisingly dark at times – I loved it!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Penguin and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

The Honeymoon is out in the UK on 1 June.

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