This is my head at the end of The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis: OMG OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED I did not expect that I can’t believe it you can’t leave me like that……

OK, let’s go back a little.  Jemma is a few days into her honeymoon in The Maldives, when her husband disappears from the island as if he’d never been there in the first place.  The police are suspicious, she doesn’t know if she can trust her new friend Chrissy, and her mother-in-law has just arrived.  The whole island has seen Jemma and her husband arguing.  Will any one believe she is innocent?

The story begins seven years before the honeymoon, when Jemma meets her new boyfriend.  It’s through these flashbacks that we really get to know Jemma, and I didn’t find much to like.  She’s obsessed with the type of man she thinks she should be with, and lashes out when she’s in a bad temper.  There’s a twist quite early on, which I worked out, and it sets the train of events in motion for Jemma’s husband to vanish all those years later.

Back in the Maldives, Jemma isn’t acting how a newlywed whose husband is missing should be, in the eyes of hotel staff and the police.  I was intrigued by Chrissy, the glamorous fellow-honeymooner who Jemma confided in the night before her husband went missing.  What about the handsome boatman who can arrange travel off the island; did he help Jemma’s husband to escape home?  There are plenty of possibilities to make your head spin as more and more home truths are revealed.

The conclusion, when it comes, is brutal and impossible to predict.  If any one tells you that they guessed it beforehand, they’re having you on.  It’s quick, it winds you and then it’s over, and my only criticism is that I could have done with a few more pages to process everything after following and investing in these characters for so long.

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  • Ooooh, this sounds really, really good, Llinos. I’ve mostly been reading non-fiction this year but I love a good thriller because I always want to try and figure out what actually happened before I read it. This is going on my TBR right now!

  • It might be the best book I’ve read all year, Rosie, and I’ve read 50. If you read it please let me know what you think!

  • Food & Baker

    This sounds really good! I love a good book that keeps you wanting more – I always think I’m good at guessing what happens next, so this would be a good book to challenge me!

    Jessica & James | /

  • Yes this one would be a real challenge! It was soooo good.

  • This sounds like such an interesting book! Adding it to my TBR list now! Actually, I think I’ll put it to the top of my list!
    Hels xx

  • Yes it deserves to be at the top!

  • Ooooh, this sounds like a real page-turner! I love it when the ending of a mystery novel is truly a surprise!


  • This sounds so interesting and it’s definetely the kind of book that I would read! I must pick this up and read it x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

  • It was SUCH a surprise!

  • I definitely recommend it!

  • OMG, this sounds so gripping!! I have been looking for a crime book to read to broaden my horizons as I don’t often read this genre, and now I think I’ve found it! Thanks so much, Llinos!

    Abbey 👑

  • Happy to help, Abbey! It is insanely gripping.

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    Love how short and snappy this review is, it’s definitely made me add this to my ‘to buy’ list!
    I’m super intrigued now, and really want to know what happens!


    Hayley X

  • This really doesn’t sound like the kind of book I’d normally read – but you had me adding it to my TBR none the less!

  • Kate

    Oh this sounds brilliant! I love crime/thriller novels. Thanks for sharing, I really want to read this book now!

  • This book was so good! I did NOT expect that ending – I was in total shock. So glad you loved it as much as I did! x x

  • Alisha Valerie.

    Ooohh this sounds great! I need a new book for the Autumn months ahead, and this sounds right up my street! 🌸💗✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x |

  • I’m all about short and snappy when it comes to books like this!

  • Haha that made me giggle!

  • It really was brilliant Kate, I promise!

  • I’m still in shock! I definitely did.

  • This would be perfect!

  • Ooh you’re so right, Camille had the potential to be very interesting, also the mother-in-law, I would have liked more of her. When she got to the island and then barely featured, that was a lost opportunity.

    Yes a longer wrap up, and more of an explanation for some characters than a line, would have been nice!

  • This sounds SO GOOD! I love a good pulse-racer and unpredictable ending!

  • It’s an insane ending, I’m still reeling weeks later!