Review: Her Last Holiday by C. L. Taylor

Two years ago, Fran’s sister Jenna disappeared on a wellness retreat in Gozo that went terribly wrong.

Tom Wade, the now infamous man behind Soul Shrink Retreats, has just been released from prison after serving his sentence for the deaths of two people. But he has never let on what happened to the third victim: Jenna.

Determined to find out the truth, Fran books herself onto his upcoming retreat – the first since his release – and finds herself face to face with the man who might hold the key to her sister’s disappearance. The only question is, will she escape the retreat alive? Or does someone out there want Jenna’s secrets to stay hidden?


I have read a couple of title by C. L. Taylor so I was so excited to read her latest title, Her Last Holiday. This is the story of two sisters, Jenna and Fran. Jenna went on a retreat that ended up with the death of two people. However, her fate remains unknown and it is suspected she might have committed suicide. There is no body though. Her sister, Fran, signs up for another retreat with the same team who were with Jenna when she disappeared. Fran hopes to shake something loose and get answers on her sisters’ last days.

The mystery of what happened to Jenna kept me turning pages. There was quite a bit of secrecy at the retreat that gave the organizing team a cultic feel which I liked. I wondered whether Fran would get the answers she sought without putting herself in danger.

I struggled a bit with this book though because I couldn’t connect with either Fran or Jenna. I also didn’t understand the angle of Fran’s mother forcing her to go on a retreat with people who possibly had a hand in her sister’s disappearance. If you can suspend disbelief, this won’t be an issue for you at all. This wasn’t my favorite read by the author but I did enjoy the remote setting and the mystery. I look forward to her next book.

8 thoughts on “Review: Her Last Holiday by C. L. Taylor

  1. That’s too bad you had to struggle a bit because the premise is so interesting! I was also wondering what happened to the sister. Don’t think I would sign up for a retreat under that evil guy, though!

    1. That part didn’t make much sense to me. Unfortunately, it was a major part of the plotline hence affecting my enjoyment of the entire book.

  2. Great review Diana! Hopefully your next will be better for you, I don’t like having to suspend belief while reading much myself.

  3. Wonderful review! I agree that Fran being forced by her mother to go on the retreat isn’t all that credible… Along with other parts of the plot. I didn’t mind personally as the entertainment factor won the battle for me, but I know that having to suspend belief isn’t for everyone.

    1. Thanks Yvo. Glad you enjoyed this one. I guess my expectations were quite high especially after enjoying the author’s previous books.

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