The Summer Holiday by S.E. Lynes

Published: May 9, 2023
Pages: 369
Genre: Psychological Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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S.E. Lynes is the Amazon #1 best-selling author of THE HOUSEWARMING, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, CAN YOU SEE HER? HER SISTER’s SECRET and #10 best seller, THE BABY SHOWER. A former BBC Producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, and Italy and is now settled in Greater London. After completing her MA, S E Lynes taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing in Richmond Borough.

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…

“You owe me.”

Kate and Jeff are on holiday, and Kate is hoping they will be able to rekindle their marriage. Their daughter is about to leave for college, and it will just be them. When Kate sees someone from their college days, she is floored. Coco Moss, the coolest girl at uni, is here on vacation. Now, Kate hopes to connect with Coco finally. And Coco hopes to get revenge.

Holy buckets. This was intense. I love how S.E. Lynes tells a story. I was hooked from the first chapter. This is a fast-paced thriller with so many unexpected twists.

Kate was sweet. I wanted to hug her because she was so lonely in her marriage. Her husband was a successful lawyer, and they had a great life. But material things aren’t everything.

Jeff was a putz. I didn’t like him from the start. He was selfish and cold and had such arrogance about him. Coco was also a nightmare, selfish and calculating.

This story unfolds and descends into chaos. The pacing is frantic, and the twists are insane. I could not stop reading. The floor dropped from under me several times, and I could not turn the page fast enough.

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