From the Sunday Times and Richard & Judy Book Club bestselling author, comes a thrilling, suspenseful tale that will leave you breathless.
‘An absolute belter of a novel’ ELIZABETH HAYNES
‘A sensational novel!’ GILLIAN MCALLISTER
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.
Praise for Her Last Holiday:
‘Another twisty-turny and unputdownable read from the Queen of psychological thrillers. Her Last Holiday is a chillingly plausible tale of why you should never, ever go on a wellness retreat.’ Susi Holliday
‘An absolute belter of a novel. Cally is the absolute queen of the page turner.’ Elizabeth Haynes
‘An addictive page-turner that kept me reading through the night. Her Last Holiday is tightly plotted, with a cast of intriguing characters – none of whom are quite what they seem. Sure to be a huge hit!’ Lucy Clarke
‘Another corker! Her Last Holiday really doesn’t disappoint. Kept me hooked and kept me guessing.’ Jane Fallon
‘A thrilling, compelling read which delivered a fabulously satisfying ending. Clever, creepy and very intriguing. Loved it!’ Milly Johnson
‘Pure escapism and such a page turner!! ’ Debbie Howells
Praise for C.L. Taylor:
‘I was glued from start to finish!’
‘Shocking, compelling and entertaining.I thoroughly enjoyed every single page of it.’ Liz Nugent
‘This masterfully woven story comes together in a thrilling and unexpected climax.’
‘Wonderfully devious, clever cliffhangers and utterly addictive.’
‘She’s done it again…what a brilliant read Strangers is.’
‘Expertly woven and so pacy!’
‘Twisty and clever.’
‘Great characters and a clever, complex and unpredictable plot.’
‘Complex, absorbing, and brilliantly plotted.’
‘A joy to read with a compelling plot, humour and a killer twist.’
‘Clever, surprising and nuanced – C.L. Taylor is at the top of her game.’
‘A fast-moving thriller from one of the masters of the genre.’
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In a world where Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop provokes endless column inches and must-watch documentaries are made about shady, real-life gurus, it was perhaps only so long until a thriller writer would turn to the world of wellness for a compulsive psychological read. Enter C.L. Taylor, and her chilling 2021 novel Her Last Holiday, set at a wellness retreat in Wales. But this isn’t exactly a chance to destress. The trip is being run by Tom Wade, a ‘guru’ who has just left prison after two people died on his Soul Shrink Retreat two years earlier. A third, Jenna, disappeared without trace, and now her sister Fran is heading to Wales in search of answers. Her Last Holiday is told in short chapters that propel the plot forward, and which rotate between Fran and Wade’s wife Kate in the present day, and Jenna in the past. Suspenseful and addictive, this is a psychological thriller that was made for racing through.
Swinging Baby yeah!!
Well worth a read A+++
C.L.Taylor does it again!
I loved the intro to this book and how quickly we learned of Fran’s strong, bolshy character! Jenna, whose introduction takes place two years earlier at a retreat in Gozo, is a softer, uncertain character hoping to find herself and sort her life out. Growing up, Fran and Jenna, haven’t had a great relationship with each other, nor with their parents. In Gozo, we’re also introduced to the other two main characters, Tom and Kate, who run SoulShrink, as well as a host of other characters. However, there are a lot of weird and sinister goings on, culminating in Tom being imprisoned. After his release two years later, Fran takes herself off on a SoulShrink retreat, with the hope of finding out what happened to her sister. I loved the way the book flitted between these two periods and the main characters of Fran and Jenna are gradually built up, until we learn everything we need to know about them….or do we. The book is filled with unanswered questions and remaining characters are cleverly woven into the story, each finding their place and use. There are lots of great references with regard to self help issues and many thought provoking questions throughout. This is another blockbuster of a psychological thriller from C.L. Taylor, filled with lashings of twists and turns and kept me guessing until the end. Once again I got the ending wrong, which was cleverly hidden throughout! Definitely one to reread!
If you have enjoyed previous books by Cally, I have every confidence you will enjoy her latest. I certainly found it really hard to put down!
I found myself rooting for all 3 main characters at different times, flitting between who I (thought) I wanted to come out on top, never entirely convinced that’s what I really wanted!
If you enjoy a mystery/thriller, I think you’ll really enjoy #HerLastHoliday.