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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  18,995 ratings  ·  2,259 reviews
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 opport
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 13th 2019)
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Mitchel Maree Jennifer, because she was so overprotective of her clearly out of control teenagers. Though Alistair, the psychologist wasn't much help either. It sou…moreJennifer, because she was so overprotective of her clearly out of control teenagers. Though Alistair, the psychologist wasn't much help either. It sounds like a great concept to let kids be kids and give them freedom, but our role as parents is to teach and train them to be valuable contributions to the world around them; not disrepecting a-holes. (less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, truly I hate the guts of the characters. I didn’t care what will happen to them! I didn’t care one of them die, hurt, get abused, terrorized, kidnapped, wounded etc. But I have to admit they’re the ensemble to get awarded as the worst unlikeable characters, have no idea why they’re created!

If I would be the author of this book, at the first chapter I would have killed them at a bloody massacre ( So bloody that Tarantino movies look like Disney movies if you compare it with my harsh, vulga
Mary Beth
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Jaw Dropping Stars

Rowan, Jennifer, Izzy and Kate were best friends and they all were. marking their fortieth birthdays with a week together in the South of France, husbands and children included.

And this is where it all begins... They are all in France and Kate sees 3 unread messages on messenger on her husband's phone. She clicks on them and sees that the messages are from Coral Girl...
Message me later when you can X...
Need to be careful this weekend like we discussed... Remember to delete m
The year that four best friends turn 40, they travel to France with their families, to stay at a luxurious villa together. Kate is on edge though because her husband Sean has been acting distracted, uninterested in her, and she suspects that he is having an affair. When she checks his messages on his phone, she realizes that he must be having an affair with one of her three best friends. This week long vacation just goes downhill from there, as Kate frets about what to do, how to save her family ...more
Kate, Jennifer, Izzy and Rowan have been friends since their university days. Now years later with families of their own, they decide to include husband s and children in their “girls” vacation. Maybe that wasn’t the best idea ladies! You know...worlds colliding and all that!🙄

Upon arrival Kate spies a text in her husband's phone. And surprise of surprises, it’s from another woman! The obvious conclusion is an affair. So why does this mystery text sound familiar? Kate has a sneaking suspicion it
Holly  B
A slow-burn of a mystery involving 4 best friends vacationing together.

I had high expectations for this one after enjoying  Lies (2017) by this author. I really wanted this one to be a winner. The beginning was intriguing as one of the wives suspects her husband of having an affair with one of the "friends".

The second half involves the couples teenagers and this story line totally lost my interest. These are not the kind of people I would call friends and certainly not a dream vacation. I
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Perfect friendships. Perfect families. The Perfect vacation...a perfect mess!

Kate, Izzy, Jennifer and Rowan have been friends forever. They decide to take their families and vacation together at a luxurious villa in France. Sounds wonderful right? Beautiful location, good friends, good food, relaxing times -- except it is not for Kate who believes her husband is having an affair with one of her friends!

So instead of a perfect holiday, this trip becomes a nightmare. Think you have everything figu
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book begins with this epigraph: It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” William Blake

Three Families

Seven Days


It’s supposed to be the perfect vacation, until Kate comes across a thread of text messages between her husband, Sean and CoralGirl.

The texts suggest an affair and a plan to figure out “what to do” while they are both in France...which means that the woman involved is also on this trip, and that means it’s one of her best friends..

But whi
Kelli Wilson
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
A Vacation to Boringville!!

(Warning! This is a 2.5 Star minority report among many 5/4 Star reviews)

The reader is whisked off to France, with a beautiful house and surrounding vineyards where four best friends and their families will be spending a long overdue vacation together. The four women have been friends since their first days at university.

One woman has recently noticed her husband becoming distant. Little changes here and there, such as him working out at the gym more often. She has
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great setting is key for all perfect mystery novels, this riveting thriller has that in abundance.

As this secluded but familiar setting is the perfect modern take on a genre, as Kate and her friends and families week long holiday to the south of France is about to turn into a trip from hell.

For university friends Kate, Rowan, Izzy and Jennifer reunite to celebrate turning 40 this year, this novel introduces an interesting dynamic of people who’ve got a tight bond but slightly different lifesty
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. -- William Blake

I liked this one, y'all.
The misdirection was flawless.
I suspected every character at some point throughout the story.

Told primarily through Kate's point of view (though there are occasionally chapters from a few of the other characters), The Vacation is a slow-burning, captivating domestic thriller. That is, until the final twenty percent of the book...then the shocks come in a fast and furious manner.

So many puzz
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

Eh, meh.  I like my fiction to ring a mite truer than this did.  It felt contrived and full of unnecessary subterfuge.  It may work for some families to vacation together, kids and "baggage" included.  If you are planning such a thing, you might want to reconsider, assuming you want to keep these friends of yours.  I thoroughly enjoyed this author's Lies, but this one just didn't track for me.
Katie B
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I have read three books by this author and I would give this one the slight edge for being my favorite. I was immediately hooked by the premise and it was shaping up to be a quick read. But at some point in the second half, the story petered out. However, the story does go in a rather unexpected direction so points for that at least.

Kate has been friends with 3 other women since college. Now that most of them are busy with careers and family life, it's difficult for them to find the ti
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
In fairness to the author I’ll first say that I am definitely an outlier on this book. Many others have read and enjoyed it, however for me it was very mediocre.

As you’ve read from the blurb 4 college friends decide to take a trip to France, including their husbands and kids. The decision is helped along by the fact that one of them, Rowan, has been able to secure a beautiful vacation spot for them. What could be more perfect than a vacation to a vineyard with a beautiful pool with luxurious acc
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - rounded up! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

WOWZA! This was quite the spectacular read, friends!

The Vacation was a slow burn, yet electrifying thriller that has all of the devilishly good elements I look for in a book!

Kate, her three best girlfriends from college and their families all meet for a holiday at a fabulous Mediterranean villa in France. After reading some text messages on her husband’s phone prior to the trip, it’s discovered that he is having an affair - she suspects that it’s one of her fr
Susanne  Strong
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Say It Isn’t So!

If Only the Couples in “The Vacation” by T.M. Logan had Communicated with Each Other.

Doing so would have saved a whole lot of angst, and it would have saved me from reading an entire novel.

Can you say RUH ROH?!

I Can.

Oh Well.

In case it’s not obvious, “The Vacation” just wasn’t for me. I’ve read quite a few of T.M. Logan’s novels and I’ve really liked them, however, the premise of this one simply fell flat. As this book has received high marks, I might just be the wrong reader
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this author thinks women = paranoid schizophrenics. They all acted mental but we, the reader, are supposed to just accept it as natural. The MC sees one small text on her husband's phone and suddenly goes psychotic towards him AND her three best friends, thinking he could be having an affair with any of them. She literally hides in bushes taking pictures of them.

But the men are ALL heros. Even the character who's 40 years old and watching a 16 year old girl in the pool, noticing her b
The setting is France and Kate is minutes away from meeting her three college friends for a long overdue joint vacation with them and their families. They were the best of friends and roommates in college and spent vacations together every year until they drifted away from the tradition five years ago. She’s looking forward to it, her husband Sean, teenaged daughter Lucy and 10-year old son Daniel all in tow. Soon after their arrival, Kate notices her husband being overly protective of his phone ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Holiday by T.M. Logan is a thriller about four women who were friends from college and decide to go on holiday to France together with their families.
Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair with one of her friends and plans to find out which one by spying on them.
A book about secrets and lies and dysfunctional families.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
No postcards necessary.

This is the vacation from Hell and all the demons are wearing bathing suits and sun block.

Must have been too much champagne on a girls' night out when these four former college friends planned a week together in the South of France. While clinking glasses, they all masterminded a plan including husbands and kiddies. One five year old kiddie, one ten, and the rest restless teenagers packed with problems. Green with envy, right?

The caravan of vacationers begin to arrive with
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nothing like going on a vacation with friends to find out how compatible you really are. A week of everyone’s spouses and kids can be a little too much, especially with different parenting styles and marital secrets. Add on top of all that, the idea of discovering your husband may just be having an affair with one of the other women. That’s the situation that Kate finds herself in. As a celebration of the wives, old school chums, all turning 40, they gather at a lovely villa in southern France. ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Vacation by T.M. Logan is my favorite type of novel: one that surprises me, not just at the end, but throughout the entire book. Kate and her three college friends have been meeting every year since they left school. This year, they decided to include their families: Kate is there with her husband Sean and their two children, Jennifer and her spouse and two teenage boys, Rowan, her husband and young daughter, and Izzy, a single woman. They will all be spending this vacation at a luxurious vi ...more
This book was intense, I listened to it on Audio and speed through it in one day. Its a family drama, centered around 4 woman who have been friends for over half their life. They book a holiday in the south of France, bring their husbands and children together for a week in the Sun.

Kate suspects her husband is having an affair and thinks one of her "trusted" friends has betrayed her and is having an affair with her husband. She decides to use this holiday as an opportunity to expose the truth..
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4 vacation getaway stars

I loved the setting in this one, a tucked away gorgeous home in the south of France during a week in the summer. The four women are college friends and have gathered with their families for a vacation. However, this group is a rather unlikeable lot and not very well behaved!

We have Kate, the main narrator, and she has some serious suspicions that her husband is having an affair – he’s been working out more lately, spending more time away, and she just read some damning te
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Seven days. Three families. One killer.
It was supposed to be the perfect holiday, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40. Four best friends and their husbands and children in a luxurious villa. While they are there, Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair, and that the other woman is one of her best friends.

Started OK and held my attention but fell flat in the middle for me. Most of the characters needed to be slapped. Especially all of the children. The story then quickly un
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Bit slower than his previous books but still enjoyed it, although the ending was rushed. I picked what was going on early on. Would not want to be friends with these people!!
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I really liked this one, with all of its twists and turns! The one thing I will say is that I think the tag line on the cover of the book gives away too much. I guess this isn't a spoiler since it's literally on the cover, but the event referenced in the tagline doesn't happen until toward the end of the book. I think it would be have been nice to leave that a surprise for the reader - let them think it's a domestic suspense up until the moment someone died. I think that would have had a larger ...more
Michael David
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
THE VACATION is the story of a woman who goes on vacation with her husband and children, along with her three best friends and their husbands and children. She soon realizes that one of them seems to be having an affair with her husband.

I really debated between 3 and 4 stars, and settled at a 3.5. I wanted to find out who was doing what with who, and for the most part, found the writing to be mostly gripping and leaving enough hanging to force me into the next chapter, but I had two minor issue
Laura Rash
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d just start to think that THIS is where this story is going...then, nope, THIS is where it’s going. Let’s just say it didn’t go where I saw it going at all. Quick, great, excuse the pun, holiday read!
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Vacation by T.M. Logan is being marketed as a captivating thriller but yet again I felt this was more of a domestic suspense for at least the first three quarters or so. The story is told by changing the point of view between various characters with Kate having the biggest voice of the book

Kate and her three best friends always have time together but this time they have planned an epic vacation that includes all of their families. Shortly after arriving though Kate picks up her husband’s pho
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A group of friends go on a vacation with their families. One of the women suspects her husband is having an affair with one of her friends.

The friends - Kate, Rowan, Jennifer, and Izzy - have known each other since college. The trip is to celebrate the women turning 40 that year. Kate is married to Sean and they have a teenage daughter and 9-year-old son, Rowan is married to Russ and they have a 5-year-old daughter, Jennifer is married to Alistair and they have two teenage sons, and Izzy is sing
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