Wednesday, May 10, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Summer Holiday


One loving couple. One surprise guest. One week to destroy everything…

When the doorbell rings, I take one last look round the villa. The nuts and olives are in bowls; the white wine is chilling in the fridge; everything is ready for my old college friend, the guest I’m dying to impress.

When I open the door, 
Coco steps from the dusty street into the cool tiled hall, as effortlessly beautiful as ever. But then her face freezes in horror, her mouth falling open. I turn to see my husband Jeff behind me, his eyes wide, his cheeks pale.

After a moment, they both smile, pretending nothing happened at all. But I know what I saw.

This holiday was meant to rescue my marriage, not ruin it.

But the connection between my friend and my husband isn’t what I thought.

All three of us have something to lose, and something to fight for.

And when the truth comes out, 
not all of us will survive…

From the no.1 bestselling author S.E. Lynes comes a brilliantly gripping thriller that will have you racing through the pages and gasping out loud at the twists. Fans of Paula Hawkins, Lisa Jewell and Gillian Flynn will love The Summer Holiday.



Title:   The Summer Holiday
Author  S. E. Lynes
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  336
Date of Publication:  May 9, 2023
Rating:    4 Stars

You know your spouse. That sixth sense speaks very clearly at times. Kate and her husband Jeff are away at a holiday in Spain. Kate is shocked when she sees somebody she knew when at university, and her name is Coco. It takes time to approach her, but when she does, she invites her and her family to dinner. Coco shows up alone, and Kate cannot help but really wonder about the look that passes between Coco and Jeff. Despite the charged glance that passes between them, they act as if they don’t know one another. Kate knows her instincts are not far off. Something is wrong. But it is about to get far worse. Worse than she ever could have imagined. 

Kate buries her pain in bottles of alcohol. Her marriage to Jeff is unfulfilling. Their teen daughter Lou is just about an adult and did not accompany them to Spain. Without Lou with them, and with Jeff filling his days with anything not to do with Kate, she realizes just how lonely she really is. Meeting Coco again after decades just might fill the void in Kate’s life, even if only for the duration of the holiday. 

Meanwhile, that charged look that had passed between Jeff and Coco? Well, not only does it connect back to their university days, but something alights between them now. With Jeff and Coco bonded by a secret that might never be revealed, Kate’s life is about to be truly upended. 

More domestic suspense than psychological thriller, this was truly a riveting read. The ending left me shocked, but not surprised, as the secret that had been hidden for decades was just enough to change the course of several lives. With multiple POV’s, and a fast pace, this thrilling story by S. E. Lynes is one that I won’t soon forget.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


A former BBC Producer, S.E. Lynes has lived in France, Spain, Scotland and Italy and is now settled in Greater London. After completing her MA, she taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing in Richmond Borough.

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