An utterly gripping thriller packed with suspense
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “If you read one mystery/thriller this year let this be it… Had me on the edge of my seat and the twists and turns were amazing. I was captivated from the start… I could not put this down and never saw the ending coming.” Goodreads Reviewer
One of them is missing… One of them did it…
The Thanksgiving retreat was meant to be a time for them to get away from it all, miles from the secrets that threaten to tear their family apart. But they’re each hiding something:
Rose hopes the pretty house overlooking the sea is just the break her family needs. But as she gazes at the water and remembers her own childhood, she is utterly terrified.
Brandon knows his wife Rose has barely forgiven him for his affair. He’s started drinking again, a road that led him to disaster once before.
Brianna, Rose’s sister-in-law, is recovering from her fifth miscarriage, and when she looks at her adorable niece, she can’t help but see the daughter she deserves.
Then three-year-old Lily disappears from her bed in the villa. Isolated in what should have been paradise, it quickly becomes clear that one of them took her.
As one by one their secrets are uncovered, who will be destroyed next?
A completely addictive thriller about every parent’s worst nightmare that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of The Guest List, One by One and The Sister-in-Law.
What readers are saying about The Vacation:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow!!! What did I just read!!! An intense, gripping thriller filled with suspense, twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of the seat!… Along with the fast-paced action and twists and turns, the ending was so gripping and shocking that I almost couldn’t believe it!!! What a twisted ending!!!… Will keep you up all night!” Tropical Girl Reads Books
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “WOWWWWWWWW! What a great plot, unbelievable twists… It was soooooooooo good, I couldn’t get enough and now I’m sad I finished it. I never guessed who was the culprit, and then when it was revealed, there was even more that came out.” NetGalley reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “You CANNOT miss this book. You HAVE to read it. I’m honestly telling you that I haven’t read such a good thriller in a long time… I loved the ending, it was totally unexpected! … This book made me stay up till 1:30am!… I couldn’t stop reading. It deserves all the hype. You won’t regret reading it!” Thriller Books Review
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Holy cannoli Batman… Incredible… Starts with a bang—and it doesn’t slow down for a second. The first chapter is guaranteed to hook you… There is a very unexpected, emotional twist in this book that is sure to steal your breath away… Your heart will fall out of your chest. This is what thrillers are made of, folks.” KKEC Reads
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “OMG… the story grips from the start. Nail-biting and heartbreaking. Eek—I’ll be thinking about the ending for a long time. It had everything that a brilliant mystery needs and I’d recommend it in a heartbeat!” Carla Kovach, bestselling thriller writer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Holy Molyyyy! What a book. I could not put this down! Three families go on a vacation together and you will not believe what happens next… This is truly a thriller and one book you will not be able to put down.” My Dog Is My Therapist
Best Book in Years
One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time.
Grabbed me from the first page and never let go.
Not every vacation is relaxing
A vacation to Jamaica with a group of friends sounds wonderful. Except some are worried about the crime rate, things going on in their lives and many others that would make it hard to relax. Then Lilly, one of the couples daughter goes missing from her bed. There is a search to find her but could it be someone in the house?
The story is told in alternating chapters, after Lilly is missing and the days leading up to Lilly missing. It’s also told from different characters views. I really liked the book and hearing directly from different characters. The book will keep you in your toes trying to figure out what happened to Lilly and why.
Three couples and their children spend Thanksgiving week in Jamaica. This is supposed to be a relaxing getaway. It’s not.
The story is told by the women: Rose, her sister-in-law Bree and their friend Anabelle. In the first chapter, the three couples are playing cards and drinking rum punch in the villa courtyard while their children sleep inside. Rose goes in to check on her two children, Lily and Jackson, and discovers that Lily is missing.
Now the plot careens between the past and present, from a month earlier to the days in Jamaica leading to Lily’s disappearance. We see the cracks in all three marriages and the deeply buried secrets that could tear friendships and relationships apart. Could this be more than a simple kidnapping? Is a serial killer at work? Could the kidnapper be someone known to the couples?
The Vacation is a perfect thriller. M.M. Chouinard hides clues in each chapter but it is not until the final pages that everything comes together in a nail biting conclusion. Well developed characters, many twists and surprises and every parent’s worst nightmare unite in this 5 star read.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and M.M. Chouinard for this ARC.