For Holly

For Holly

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- I also bought my own copy!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Heart Shaped Bruise
Follow Me Down


Lola Durand hates her stepmother. It’s a cliché but it’s true.

Lola Durand can’t get through to her father. He never wants to talk about the things that matter: why they had to move to Paris, why he had to marry evil Agatha, and how they can get through the heartache of her mother’s death together.

If he won’t listen, she’ll show him. She’ll show him the truth about his new wife and then her life can go back to normal, just the way she likes it.

Lola Durand knows a secret about her stepmother. She’s going to share it.


adored Tanya Byrne’s previous books, as you can see from my reviews above. I went into reading For Holly with very high expectations. I expected to really love this book. As I got to the end of the book, I realised I had thoroughly enjoyed reading it but it didn’t captivate me as much as I hoped it would.

As with every Tanya Byrne book I have read, I didn’t read too much about the book. I’ve found it’s easier to go into her books without knowing too much. I had read the plot, and knew that there was a big secret to be revealed. I was excited to see what the secret would be. Thinking of Tanya Byrne’s previous books, I knew the secret could potentially be very messed up. I’m not going to mention what it is, it’s better to know nothing.

I didn’t think Lola was the most likeable character. She clearly had her problems and I felt for her. She was becoming incredibly destructive and full of hatred. Not always the easiest character to like, but given that she was grieving for her mother whilst her father was moving on with another wife, it was easy to understand why she was acting the way she was.

I think where this book fell down for me was the pace of the story. It wasn’t as fast paced as I’ve come to enjoy in a Tanya Byrne novel. I also was a little disappointed with the secret. I expected it to be much more deeper than it was. That said, I did enjoy reading this book and I do think many other readers will lap it up!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

This book is easy to read and worth checking out!

4 thoughts on “For Holly

  1. I’ve never read a Tanya Bynre before, but there’s definitely something to be said about an author you come to expect good from! Sorry this one was a bit of a miss for you- it sounds so interesting!

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