TITLE: The Girls Weekend
AUTHOR: Jody Gehrman
PUBLISHED: 9th June 2020
I received an eARC copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. My thanks goes to NetGalley and the publisher Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to review this book.
When a college reunion takes a dark turn. June Moody has been invited to a reunion weekend with her college girlfriends. She’s reluctant to go, primarily because it is taking place at Sadie’s house, one of the girlfriends that June has had a rocky journey with. However, when her boyfriend cheats on her and then cruelly dumps her via text she figures she has nothing to lose and she agrees to attend. How wrong she is. The first night sees old grudges reappear but this is nothing compared to what they are faced with when they wake up the next day. Sadie is missing and there is blood at the top of the staircase. The other women have no recollection of the night before leaving them at a loss to figure out what has happened and who is responsible. Suspicion points to June due to her history with both Sadie and Sadie’s husband. June can’t be sure that she is not responsible and neither it seems can the police who appear to be focusing more on her than the others. Can the mystery of Sadie’s disappearance be solved?
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This is a great book. It is full of suspense and the pacing is fast enough that it made me want to read it in one sitting. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to do so, but I did pick it up whenever I had a spare minute, even if that meant I could only read a couple of pages…that’s how hooked I was.
I did however find the characterisation to be a bit of a mixed bag. I found the main character June to be well presented. I really felt as though I knew her early on which only made the suspense more heightened because I couldn’t work out if she was responsible for Sadie’s disappearance…I felt as frustrated as she did! However, I would have liked there to have been more fleshing out of the other characters. The information that was given on them was interesting but too brief in my opinion and I would’ve liked to have known them more. As a result of this I found myself not caring at all that Sadie had disappeared or whether she was still alive and this was a bit of a shame for me.
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The twist was strong. I did have a inkling as to what was going to happen but not enough to be sure, the author included enough red herrings to shake my confidence in my theory. It turned out that I was correct but because I was only somewhat confident in my thoughts this didn’t leave me disappointed with the ending. In addition to this the twist made sense, as the book came to a close it was completely believable and not at all far fetched and I liked this about it.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book. It certainly earns its place within the suspense/thriller genre and I think fans of books of this nature will enjoy reading it. I think it is a title that can bridge the gap between Young Adult and Adult Literature well, and would therefore appeal to both audiences.
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MY RATING: 4/5
What are your thoughts? Do you think that you will read this one?
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!