Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

What happens to us when the world become a global crisis center? When we can no longer rely on our humanity or morality? When humans become predators – Can Heads – and must fight their own species, what do we do? We fight!

When one man and his family have finally had enough, they seek refuge in a much needed vacation. NYPD cop, Jack Murphy, horribly wounded by a flash Can Head attack, leaves home with his wife and two children to a place so far away from the big city it promises to be safer. Or is it?

The camp promises fun, safety and a family atmosphere, but Jack quickly realizes that he has bitten off more than he can chew. When the ones protecting you become the ones who can make you disappear, what can you do? With Can Heads closing in and Camp Paterville quickly becoming the family’s worst nightmare, Jack must fight for his family and learn the real truth behind their vacation.

Matthew Costello’s Vacation was action packed from beginning to end. Though it was not entirely what I expected, it was an interesting read. The amount of violent rage put into the Can Heads was intriguing while the combination of this rage and cannibalism of some other survivors seemed a little bit too much.

Vacation is a plethora of sci-fi meets horror meets action, and will appeal to many readers across the board. The book is disturbing and dark yet leaves you feeling for the family and wondering if they will make it to the very end.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her fiance and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copies were provided free of any obligation by Thomas Dunne Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.