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Review of The Holiday by T.M. Logan

This book got off to a good start but floundered. I would have given it a 7 out of 10, but I’ve raised it to an 8 out of ten for the brilliant ending.

I didn’t work it out and fell right into the trap that Logan set.

The characters are good enough, but we get a lot of repetition in the description and plotline. The story is okay, but he falls into the trap of, I can see something, reader, but I’m not going to tell you what it is. She found something at the back of a drawer and put it in her pocket. She saw him and knew instantly who it was. It’s a good ploy, but it gets irritating if it’s overused without subtlety. It’s fine to keep the reader guessing. That’s what we want—however, to hold out a cheque and then say, ‘But we don’t want to give you that,’ can lose its appeal.

My favourite character was Daniel. He’s a little sweetheart—Odette needs locking in a basement for ten years. Still, she’s very well written, and we all know an Odette, excellent characterisation. The Repetition slowed the book—but oh my that ending.