Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall. Happy publication day Rona!
About the Book:
Chloe finally feels like she’s got her life together. After a difficult childhood and losing both parents, she worked hard for the life she loves in lively Brighton, helping people as a physiotherapist. And then she meets the perfect man.
It’s a whirlwind romance, but Dan is handsome, funny, and simply the kindest man she’s ever met. When she sees him standing by the altar, tears glistening in his eyes, she knows this will be for always.
As they sunbathe on their honeymoon island, laughing over drinks, planning their future with their feet in the sand, Dan jokes that he’d like them to stay there forever.
At first, Chloe couldn’t agree more. It’s tempting to imagine truly leaving her troubled past behind. But as the honeymoon goes on, he becomes increasingly adamant. They shouldn’t leave. In fact, he won’t let her…
Is he protecting her, as he claims? Or is it something more sinister?
I am a sucker for a great cover and this one had me hooked before I even read what the book was even about. I mean who doesn’t love a great book cover!
All looks so peaceful and relaxing and then you get into the story…..
After a 2 month courtship Chloe and Dan get married. Some may think it is too quick, but for them their relationship could not be more perfect so why wait!
For Chloe, Dan is the man of her dreams. Having a strained relationship with her Grandma, brother and sister, Chloe gets caught up in the whirlwind romance in the hopes for a better life where she is wanted and needed.
All looks great for the happy couple, but when Dan is late to their wedding ceremony and then changes the location of their honeymoon from the Maldives to Menorca without any input from Chloe, this is when she first has doubts whether she has made the right decision in marrying Dan so quickley without really getting to know him first. Pushing those thoughts aside, she decides to make best of the situation and enjoy the new destination.
But as the days roll on, Chloe soon realises that Dan is hiding something from her, and when he suggests that they stay in Menorca permanently, at first she thinks he is just joking but when it becomes apparent that he isn’t, this is when Chloe’s nightmare begins. Dan becomes obsessed in making sure that she can not escape from him, and hiding her passport and phone are just some of lengths that Dan goes to to make sure that this doesn’t happen.
But what is Dan hiding to keep to her trapped like this, and is Chloe’s life in danger from her new husband?This is a fast paced psychological thriller that had me gripped from the start. I enjoyed Rona’s writing style and the way she was able to make me feel all of the emotions that Chloe felt of at first feeling protected by Dan to being trapped and suffocated by him.Character wise, though not many in this book, were well developed and I loved how strong and determined Chloe was at all times.If you love a story full of suspense, twists and turns then this is the book for you.This is the first book I have read from Rona and I will be definitely be checking out her other books and on the lookout for new books from her in the future. Happy
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Rona Halsall for allowing me to read an advance copy of the Honeymoon in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in any way.
About the Author:
Rona Halsall was a management consultant for twenty years, before dedicating herself to creative writing full-time. Her writing skills have been honed through the production of three novels and by reading anything and everything, as well as undertaking an open university creative writing course. She is a keen book reviewer and belongs to a number of on-line book and writing groups.
She has three grown-up children of her own and two step-children and lives on the Isle of Man with her husband, two dogs and a couple of guinea pigs.
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