Genre: Psychological Thriller
There’s trouble in paradise. . .
For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight’s retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy. It should be paradise, but it’s turned into a nightmare.
Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes. After everything they’ve been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all – where has her husband gone?
I absolutely loved the premise for this, there seems to be a theme in psychological thrillers as of late where a husband disappears then the book focuses on the wife trying to uncover what really happened to them. Instead of being bored by this new trend, I’m rather intrigued by it, especially when there’s a unique spin on it, and there is definitely a fresh perspective in The Honeymoon.
This is broken into four parts and is told from Now and beginning seven and a half years previously when Jemma and her husband meet. Now is when he first goes missing and is so atmospheric, the suffocation of the humid island is portrayed perfectly and is shown not as paradise, but a hell on earth for Jemma. The flashbacks provide insight into the state of the couples relationship and of course nothing is as perfect as it first seems. Jemma narrates the bulk of the story, but some other key characters also get the chance to make their version of events heard, which I found a nice addition as Jemma isn’t especially likable.
This had everything I look for in a good psychological thriller, a great setting, untrustworthy characters, paranoia, fast pacing, and constant guesswork on my end. There was a twist very early on that surprised me, and then several more along the way. There weren’t too many just for the sake of having a bunch of shocking moments though, they all added something relevant to the plot. The big reveal towards the end was astonishing, I don’t know that anyone would be able to guess exactly what happened, it’s very disturbing and a bit out there, but was completely fascinating and satisfying to me.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the author for my review copy.