Well, there are sort of two books to write about this week. Things went a bit wrong with the first one, as you will see. The second book was a lot more satisfying.
My first choice for the week was All the Rage by Cara Hunter (#04 DI Adam Fawley). If you are following these weekly posts, you may remember that I have really enjoyed this series so far. I was looking forward to reading this book and, in fact, got about two thirds of the way through. Then, suddenly, the actual ebook didn’t work. The pages went blank and took ages to load. The first page would open and then the whole thing froze. I tried to get it working a few times, but then gave up.
At first, I feared that the whole BorrowBox app was not functioning and tried to reinstall it, but then realised that other ebooks on the app were fine. So, I have deleted the book from my account and will try again at a later date. There is quite a long reservation list for it, so it will be quite some time before I can look at it again. I won’t paste the blurb here until I do manage to finish the book, although, knowing my poor memory, I may have to start reading from the beginning!
I did manage to complete my second choice of the week: The Holiday by T M Logan. This is the blurb:
Seven days. Three families. One killer.
It was supposed to be the perfect holiday – a group of families enjoying a week together in the sun. Four women who have been best friends for as long as they can remember making the most of a luxurious villa in the south of France.
But Kate has a secret: her husband is having an affair. And a week away might just be the perfect opportunity to get the proof she needs – to catch him in the act once and for all. Because she suspects the other woman is one of her two best friends.
One of them is working against her, willing to sacrifice years of friendship to destroy her family. But which one? As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined . . .
Because someone in the villa may be prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden.
Here is my review from the Goodreads website:
I am not quite sure how to rate this book or what to write about it! But I will try…
What was good – the setting. Oh, how I would love to be able to have a holiday in the sun in such a gorgeous place: a luxurious villa in the South of France. The twists in the plot really kept me reading. Just when I had worked out what had happened, I would realise my mistake. The author is certainly very clever at building tension and suspicion and also at misdirecting the reader.
On the other hand, there was plenty to dislike. One issue for me is that I couldn’t like any of the main characters. The women were pretty awful caricatures. How on earth did they ever become friends in the first place? The men were no better and as for most of the children!!
All in all, I am glad that I read the book and I was satisfied by the ending. I am just so thankful that my friends are not at all like these people and when (if) we do go on holiday together in that lovely villa that we saw online, our vacation will be wonderful…
…or will it!!
I have very poorly since finishing this book and have not been able to read anything new due to patchy concentration. Hopefully, all will be well in a few days and I will be able to choose my next book.
Until next week: Happy Reading to you all!
Love and best wishes,