While the winter months have us craving a vacation full of sun and fun, nothing shatters that time to unwind into terror faster than a crime. From mysterious disappearances to girls’ trip gone wrong, check out these stories of when vacations turn deadly.
The Hunted by Roz Nay
Stevie is looking forward to starting over with her boyfriend, Jacob, after the unexpected loss of her grandmother. Jacob was recently offered a job as a diver on a small island outside of Tanzania. From the beginning of the trip, Stevie feels like she’s being watched and soon enough, the two meet another couple and things go from fun to frightening as the other couple comes between Stevie and Jacob.
That Weekend by Kara Thomas
Three friends take a lake house getaway for prom weekend and only one comes home. Claire, Kat, and Jesse are best friends who take a weekend to themselves only for Claire to wake up alone and covered in blood on a hiking trail with no memory for the last two days. With Kat and Jesse missing and Claire having no memory, she either survived something horrible or caused it.
Descent by Tim Johnston
When the Courtland family goes up to visit the Rocky Mountains for a family vacation before their daughter leaves for college, this little family getaway to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness turns terrifying in the blink of an eye. Caitlin and Sean go for an early morning run and only Sean returns, leaving the family desperate for answers in search of Caitlin.
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Documentary filmmaker Erin and her husband, Mark, are on the perfect honeymoon in Bora Bora when they come across something in the water while scuba diving. Do they keep it to themselves or report it? The decision they make together will soon enough cause a deadly chain reaction.
The River by Peter Heller
Best friends Wynn and Jack have known each other since college and while they are opposites, they have bonded over their love of reading and wilderness. The two decide to go canoeing in northern Canada expecting a peaceful and relaxing vacation. A wildfire changes their plans as it makes its way across the forest and to make matters worse, the two friends hear a man and woman arguing only to see the man alone the next morning. Did something sinister happen in the woods? Are they potential witnesses?
All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
One summer, Grace Fairchild disappeared from her family’s lake house leaving behind her husband, Alistair, and daughter, Charlie. Now seventeen, Charlie still can’t believe her mother disappeared without a trace, yet still finds herself in with the “it” crowd at the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie then receives an invite to play The Game from the schools secret society in which this deadly scavenger hunt may combine terrifying things between the past and the present if Charlie can survive the entire semester.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Travel magazine journalist Lo Blacklock’s latest assignment is to spend a week on a luxury cruise. What sounds like the deal of a lifetime turns into pure horror when a storm begins to brew on the trip—and Lo witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. But, did Lo really witness this? Upon reporting what she saw, all of the passengers on the ship are accounted for. Now, Lo transitions from travel journalist to amateur detective as she tries to get to the bottom of the mystery of what she saw.
The Vacation by T.M. Logan
Kate, her three best friends, and their families travel to the south of France to stay in a beautiful villa for a week. What could be better than seven days of amazing wine and sun? Shortly after arriving, Kate finds a text message on her husband’s phone that turns her whole world upside down. He’s having an affair. Not only is he having an affair, but the other woman is one of her best friends. Without anyone to turn to, Kate realizes that not only is there no one she can trust on this trip, but that the people she’s known for decades all have their own secrets.
They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall
Miriam Macy just received the surprise of a lifetime: a vacation on a private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Once she arrives, Miriam discovers that they have all been brought to this island for a sinister reason and each one of them is hiding a dark secret. Surrounded by open water with no cell-phone service, Miriam and the six others must fight for their lives as they find themselves trapped on the island.
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
In the mountains of Chile, Emily and Kristen are on their annual best friends’ trip and having the best time, that is until the last night when Emily walks into their hotel room to find it covered in blood and broken glass. When Kristen claims to have killed a man in self-defense, things take an even more twisted turn: Emily recalls during the trip the year before, another man was killed as well. After returning home, Emily gets a surprise visit from Kristen and wonders; could her best friend actually be a murderer?
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
Wini Allen needs a vacation. Her job is suffocating, she’s still mourning the death of her brother, and her marriage of fifteen years has come to an end. When her three best friends plan the trip of a lifetime, including hiking and rafting, Wini jumps at the opportunity to join them. When an accident leaves the women stranded, the women’s alliances and friendships are put to the test, and Wini must pull herself together to come out alive.
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Finn and Layla are a young couple in love and on vacation when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He locks the car and goes inside, only to return to find Layla gone and never to be seen again. Now, ten years later, Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Even though the two have shared their grief over Layla, something tells Finn he shouldn’t fully trust Ellen. The unthinkable happens when Finn receives a phone call from someone saying they’ve seen Layla and she is very much alive. When items start showing up relating to Layla’s past, Finn begins to wonder where she has been and what she wants. After all—Finn didn’t tell the entire truth about the night she went missing.
Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
A trip to Tulum, Mexico is just what friends Ashley, Natalie and Lauren need to rebuild their friendship and put the past behind them after being estranged. But after reuniting, it’s clear they are all harboring secrets. After a night out, Natalie and Lauren wake to find Ashley missing. What happened to Ashley? Was it the mystery man she met a few days ago? Did she bail on the trip and leave without notice? Or even worse, did Natalie or Lauren have something to do with her disappearance?