The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis Book Review

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Let me start off by saying that I haven't read a who-dunnit style thriller in a very, very long time, but I saw a couple of fellow book bloggers review this book recently, despite it being a couple of years old now.

It's also my first read by this author too, and you might be sat there thinking err, right but why does this matter but let me tell you that personally, and I'm not sure if other readers follow the same suit, but the first book I read by any author is usually make or break on weather or not I'll pick up any more books by the same author.

So, the story follows Jemma, who is on her dream honeymoon on a luxurious island in the Maldives with her newlywed husband, Jamie. But one night, Jamie disappears, and there is absolutely no trace of him. Of course, nothing is as it seems and everyone is suddenly a suspect... even Jemma.

First off, this book starts off soooooooo painfully slow that it's almost at the point of being tedious. Up until the second half of the book, I was bored. Like, on the verge of DFN bored. The only reason I kept on going with this book is because this was my commute read, and if I didn't have to dedicate only 20 minutes or so at a time reading this, I would have probably gave up on it well before the half way point.

There are only so many descriptive passages I can read about the ocean and the beautiful setting of the Maldives that I can take before I'm over it. One of my biggest pet peeves is when books are TOO descriptive. Okay, granted, set the scene and paint the picture, but please, leave enough for my own imagination to come up with the rest. And for the love of all things holy and good in books - please don't give me a page long description of what the waves sound like as they crash upon a sandy beach.

The first half of the book is set in alternating chapters between the past and the present - the past being the very tedious and not-at-all engaging story of how Jemma and Jamie end up getting together, and the present being Jemma on her husband-less honeymoon. The middle section of the book is set in different POVs and the last part of the book, well, did the author just give up because there seemed to be no structure to the chapters whatsoever?

As for the characters, I did not care for any of them. Jemma, being the forefront of this story, is so self absorbed and, dare I say it, a complete brat. I had no sympathy for her whatsoever. She was selfish and destructive and only interested in what the world thought of her and no-one else. Jamie lacked any personality whatsoever that he might as well have been an actual real life potato. I genuinely did not care about him, or what had happened to him. I didn't care about Dan, Jamie's brother, either. And Chrissy & Kenny... why were they even in the book? My mind is stumped on why they needed to be in there. Chrissy especially - there was a whole section of the book dedicated to her POV and, well, her character amounted to absolutely nothing.

The redeeming factor of this book was the last half of it, when the pace seemed to really pick up and we actually got some decent storytelling, even though it was a bit over-the-top-would-this-ever-really-happen kinda storytelling. I will even go as far as saying that I enjoyed the last half of this book, and would have preferred it if the story started here and we could just skip 90% of the first half. If I'm being completely honest, and there are no spoilers here, I kinda semi-guessed the outcome, but I was still surprised when the big reveal happened.

I didn't not enjoy this book, but I had to get the the second half of it to reach that point, but at the same time, I'm not going to go and rush out to buy any more books from this author anytime soon.

And I'll be writing the Maldives off my list of honeymoon destinations.

Verdict: ★★

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