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The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

‘I’m your husband, Chloe. We’re a partnership now and we do what’s best for us as a couple. It’s not open for discussion. We’re not going home.’

Chloe had the dream wedding. Dan is her perfect man. They haven’t known each other for long, but as she walked down the aisle and saw him standing by the altar, tears glistening in his eyes, she knew this was forever.

Later, as they relax on a beautiful island, settling in to their new married life together, they congratulate themselves on their lovely wedding day, and Dan jokes that he’d like them to stay there forever.

But as the honeymoon goes on, he becomes increasingly adamant. They shouldn’t leave. In fact, he won’t let her…

My thoughts:

I love a good psychological thriller so when I read the synopsis for The Honeymoon, I was excited to dive right in and read what I thought was going to be another great addition to the genre. However, when I actually got round to reading it, I wasn’t as gripped as I expected to be and the story fell flat for me. There were so many little things that irked me so unfortunately I finished reading the book more because I wanted to complete it rather than out of enjoyment.

The novel is focused on newlyweds Chloe and Dan who are jetting off on their honeymoon, a seemingly perfect couple with a whirlwind romance…whatever could go wrong? When a last minute change of destination comes up, Chloe is confused but still wants to think the best of her husband, but as more and more sinister behaviour comes to light, Chloe wonders if she knows the man she loves at all or whether she’s made the biggest mistake of her life.

I’m going to be honest here, I didn’t like any of the characters in this novel so it was hard for me to really sympathise for them, including the protagonist Chloe. I feel like she made so many unrealistic decisions through the course of the story and none of them made any sense to me. I also found the supporting characters to be annoying and unlikeable, especially Chloes grandmother. She was cruel to Chloe for no valid reason, despite the fact that Chloe is her full time carer and has put her life aside to help her out. While I respect what the author may have been trying to do here by shedding light on an abusive family situation, it wasn’t nuanced enough and fell short of the impact it deserved to have.

Aside from the characters who felt extremely one dimensional, the thriller or mystery aspect of the novel was underwhelming. While there was one plot point I didn’t expect which was done well, the entire execution and the ‘gas lighting’ of Chloe was just too much for me to handle. The only book where I’ve seen that done well was The Girl on The Train. In short, I wasn’t gripped or as invested in the plot as I usually like to be when reading a thriller so the reveals and twists didn’t have an impact on me.

Overall, while the premise of The Honeymoon sounded interesting and unique, it just left me a bit deflated and wasn’t for me clearly. Despite that, I feel like some readers may enjoy this novel so don’t write it off completely and give it a try, perhaps someone else will enjoy it more.

★★ – 2 Star Rating

Until next time,

Rumaanah x

6 thoughts on “The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

    1. Yeah the family aspect just threw me off completely and I was just in disbelief about it all? but glad to hear you enjoyed it, it’s always good to see how differently people respond to books (:

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