Her Last Holiday – ARC Book Review

Her Last Holiday: the most addictive crime thriller of 2021 from the bestselling author of Strangers and Sleep by [C.L. Taylor]

You come to Soul Shrink to be healed. You don’t expect to die.

Two years ago, Fran’s sister Jenna disappeared on a wellness retreat in Gozo that went terribly wrong.

Tom Wade, the now infamous man behind Soul Shrink Retreats, has just been released from prison after serving his sentence for the deaths of two people. But he has never let on what happened to the third victim: Jenna.

Determined to find out the truth, Fran books herself onto his upcoming retreat – the first since his release – and finds herself face to face with the man who might hold the key to her sister’s disappearance. The only question is, will she escape the retreat alive? Or does someone out there want Jenna’s secrets to stay hidden?

The master of suspense is back. Prepare yourself for the latest heart-in-mouth rollercoaster ride from the Sunday Times bestseller.

No. of pages:- 400 pages

Publisher:- Avon

Date published:- April 29th 2021

Genre:- Thriller

I have always wanted to read C.L. Taylor’s books and was so excited when I got the ARC of this book. However, despite the lively expectations I had about the author, the book sadly did not live up to my expectations.

Two years ago, Jenna went missing while being on a wellness retreat in Gozo. Jenna was not the only victim–two more victims were found dead on that retreat and Tom, who was in charge of the retreat was sent to prison. Two years later, Tom was released from the prison and Kate his wife restarts SoulShrink. Meanwhile, Jenna’s family wants answers and Jenna’s mother Geraldine enrolls Fran, an IT fifty something old teacher to the retreat.

Initially, I do like the plot of the story. Writing was good, and in some parts, I was actually hooked to the story. It was a fast paced thriller. The story was told from the event happened two years ago in Jenna’s perspective and present in Fran and Kate’s perspectives. I like the development of romance between Jenna and Tom. The ending was dramatic and unexpected though the epilogue to me was a bit confusing to me at first. There were literally some parts, I was bored with. Nonetheless it was really a good thriller! Worth four stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Avon for the ARC. This review is based on my honest opinion.

Four stars – Self Catering

C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of eight gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 – THE ACCIDENT / Before I Wake (U.S. title)
2015 – THE LIE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP

She has also written standalone two Young Adult thrillers: THE TREATMENT and THE ISLAND.

C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Audible, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into 25 languages and optioned for TV.

SLEEP won the ‘best ebook’ award in the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. THE ESCAPE won a Dead Good Books award. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol in the UK with her partner and son.

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