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Review : The Perfect Holiday by T J Emerson

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book cover for The Perfect Holiday by T J Emerson.  An infinity pool overlooks an ocean view
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QRTJ68D
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boldwood Books (20 April 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3691 KB

Olivia and Julian are enjoying lazy days in their Spanish villa, a well deserved break from their busy lives. Especially for Julian, who after a lifetime as a carer was thrust into the public eye following the tragic murder of his first wife.

The languid heat and peace of the villa is broken only by clifftop walks, sun drenched lunches and cooling swims. Until a chance encounter with Gabriel – an attractive man, many years their junior – changes everything.

Soon their idyllic break turns into a dangerous, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse. Will any of them get out alive?

Book Review

Julian has spent his entire life being a carer, first for his father and then for his wife.

Fast forward a few years and Julian is in Mallorca with his second wife, Olivia. Married into wealth and living a life away from caring for the first time he is putting the past and his ex-wife’s murder behind him. He is enjoying the holiday when he bumps into Gabriel, and what ensues is a dangerous and unsettling time, which destroys the peace of his life and the holiday. Old feelings resurface and the past he thought was behind him rears its ugly head once again.

This dramatic and captivating book was so well written I couldn’t tear my eyes away, as I was desperate to find out what would become of them.

I felt sympathy for Julian and a lot of his decisions are down to his life experience and perhaps naïvety. His recklessness brought a sense of danger I felt a little uncomfortable with – in a good way!

I enjoyed the ending and the foreboding which took over as I read.

I couldn’t predict how things would end for Julian and really wanted him to be happy for once.


Tracey’s latest psychological thriller, The Perfect Holiday, is published by Boldwood Books. Before writing fiction, she worked in theatre and community arts. As well as acting, she ran drama workshops in healthcare settings, focusing on adults with mental health issues. Her short stories have been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines, and her feature writing has appeared in Stella magazine, Woman’s Own and The Sydney Morning Herald. Her first psychological thriller, She Chose Me, was published by Legend Press in 2018.

She has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh and works as a literary consultant and writing tutor. She is also the Creative Director of The Bridge Awards, a philanthropic organisation that provides micro-funding for the arts.

You can find out more about Tracey and her writing at www.traceyemerson.com

Twitter @TraceyJEmerson

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