The Vacation by M M Chouinard @m_m_chouinard @bookouture #BookReview #TheVacation #NewRelease #NetGalley

The Vacation: An utterly gripping thriller packed with suspense by [M.M. Chouinard]


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 ListOne by One and The Sister-in-Law.


The Vacation


There is a whirlwind of emotions on almost every page of this book. Three couples are holidaying together in Jamaica. They have gone out for a meal and a drink, while the children of two of the couples sleep in their nearby accommodation. They had taken turns in going and checking on the children while they slept, and all was well. When Rose’s goes she couldn’t make sense of what she saw, her three-year-old daughter had vanished, and the window was wide open. No matter how many times she searched the room, she couldn’t find her hidden. Someone had taken her.

The police arrive, but over the next few days, the pace of the investigation had Rose reeling. The longer her daughter was missing, the less chance that the outcome would be good. Rose took things into her own hands to try and speed the investigation up. The dynamic of the couples began to change, while a tsunami of feelings fester and wouldn’t be calmed.

What a story, it makes you think if we ever really know someone. Here is one of those stories where you want to know what has happened but turn each page tentatively because you are frightened to know the truth. I liked how the characters developed and more of who they were becoming more transparent. It isn’t an easy read by any means, it is so very tense, and I wanted each page to give me that overwhelming rush of everything being alright.

It is readable easily in a day. I couldn’t stop until I knew the ending. Extremely well written. I couldn’t put it down.


M.M. Chouinard

M.M. Chouinard writes crime fiction (including suspense, procedurals, and cozies), and women’s fiction. M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them.

Twitter: @m_m_chouinard

The Vacation: An utterly gripping thriller packed with suspense by [M.M. Chouinard]

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