The Vacation

book coverBy M.M. Chouinard

** Publication Date 27 May 2021 **

4 stars / This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on 13 May 2021. 

When Rose’s brother-in-law plans an elaborate vacation for them in Jamaica, Rose balks at the idea. She comes up with every excuse imaginable to try to change the vacation plans, including the recent crimes against children. But in the end, she bows to her husband Brandon’s expectations and goes along with the vacation. 

Leo and Bree, Brandon’s brother-in-law and sister, are living in Jamaica while Leo works for an American company supplying power to the island nation. Bree volunteers at a local school. Bree wants nothing more than a baby, and having Rose’s and Brandon’s children around for a bit should satisfy her wants.

Annabelle is one of Rose’s closest friends. Annabelle is a stay-at-home mom who is itching to get back to work, but her husband Mateo wants her to stay home with the kids until they’re older. Annabelle hopes that this vacation in Jamaica will be the break she needs to refresh, and the time she needs to make Mateo understand how important it is for her to start bringing in some money again.

Jamaica starts to work its charms on all of them, until Rose’s daughter Lily goes missing. Then all hell breaks loose.

This novel keeps you guessing right up until the end. Everyone on vacation has a secret, and those secrets will leave your jaw hanging. Chouinard makes you point the finger at each and every character, until you finally give up. It will keep you up at night turning pages right to the very end. 

Highly recommend this thriller. I’d never read any of Chouinard’s books before, but she crafts a thriller with the right amount of suspense and tragedy. Excellent!

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