The Girls Weekend
Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie--and her husband, June's former crush--but agrees to go.The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone's a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie's husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you've loved the longest.

The Girls Weekend Details

TitleThe Girls Weekend
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
ISBN-139781643853864
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

The Girls Weekend Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    MY 300th BOOK THIS YEAR!!Made it at 1:33 PM on December 31st! Woot, woot!I love, love, love a closed room mystery and I enjoyed the writing, dialogue and characterizations in this book. I fear, however, that it needed a few more characters in order to successfully pull off a surprise ending.I suspected early the "who" and "why" but it was still a very enjoyable read and I still recommend strongly.Thank you to Jody Gerham, Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an MY 300th BOOK THIS YEAR!!Made it at 1:33 PM on December 31st! Woot, woot!I love, love, love a closed room mystery and I enjoyed the writing, dialogue and characterizations in this book. I fear, however, that it needed a few more characters in order to successfully pull off a surprise ending.I suspected early the "who" and "why" but it was still a very enjoyable read and I still recommend strongly.Thank you to Jody Gerham, Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Hangover meets Knives Out waltzes with “And Then There Were None” vibes! A great summary of vacation book: Best 5 friends’ reunion at least likeable but wealthier one’s estate in the San Juan Islands. But the least likeable a.k.a. control freak bitch disappears. Her 17 year daughter of the least likeable and now missing, probably murdered friend, is more annoying than her mother (yes she reminds us of Rosemary’s baby: we haven’t seen her/his image and Polanski’s movie but as you think about the Hangover meets Knives Out waltzes with “And Then There Were None” vibes! A great summary of vacation book: Best 5 friends’ reunion at least likeable but wealthier one’s estate in the San Juan Islands. But the least likeable a.k.a. control freak bitch disappears. Her 17 year daughter of the least likeable and now missing, probably murdered friend, is more annoying than her mother (yes she reminds us of Rosemary’s baby: we haven’t seen her/his image and Polanski’s movie but as you think about the father with horns and long tail, you may imagine what kind of child, she will become!) and the desperate father hits on main heroine June!I didn’t introduce you those five women (once upon a time living dangerously, thick as thieves but right now every of them are facing their troubled adulthood!) June, community college English professor, indie author (her book is not shelved anymore), dumped by a text comes from bastard boyfriend who runs with his half aged girlfriend to Amsterdam. Now she needs to accept her ex best friend and old nemesis Sadie’s invitation. The very same woman who got married her love of her life after she rejected his marriage proposal (same man hitting on her throughout their holiday gathering!) Sadie seems like have-it-all: June’s ex-lover Ethan as charming husband, a beautiful (also Chucky’s bride)daughter Dakota (reminded me of Dakota Johnson who gets aggressive when she finds out her mother Melanie rejects to watch her amazing performance at FSOG), a mansion, a rising career at the literature industry. Of course June is jealous about her. June’s bestie Em is also having her dream career and a great relationship, cool, casual, loyal but she keeps a big secret from her past only Sadie knows. Amy is suffering from bi-polar, related with Sadie who takes care of her and also controlling her life, is pregnant (that’s why they gathered for her baby shower!) but she keeps baby’s father as secret. And Kimiko (Japanese Italian) works in her dispenser, raising her problematic son, a little aggressive, mostly stoned with weed or drunk because of too many gin tonics, one of the volatile and unpredictable characters. So those girls get drunk and afterwards they don’t remember anything. Somebody roofied them. And Sadie is nowhere to be seen. There is blood on the walls. So what the hell happened that night? Who has been drugged them? Nope, not Zach Galifianakis! June is prime suspect because she secretly met with Sadie’s husband. She hates the guts of Sadie. Em hates her because Sadie will spill the beans about her big secret. Amy hates her because Sadie will take her baby and raise the baby as hers. Kimiko hates her because of common financial issues. Ethan hates her they had problematic marriage and Dakota hates her because she already casted as Anastasia Steel but her mother wants to end her acting career (Ha ha! I tested you to make sure you’re still reading. Nope: her mother pushes her go to Yale but she wants to be actress and get her education at UCLA)So everyone can be murderer and everyone has motive. So who did it? What I hate about the book: Too many annoying characters and predictable conclusion. What I like about the book: It was fun when all those crazy women got tense and started to fight with each other. It was like regular episode of Bachelor. I got my popcorn accompanied with Cabernet when I was reading those parts and laughed so hard. I wish they start to fist fight or pull each other’s hair (I know I’m so bad!) The fast pacing, claustrophobic one place mystery with high tension picked my interest and I never got bored till the end. It was easy, entertaining, riveting page-turner.I went back and forth between three and four stars but I guess it was better than most of my mediocre books-let’s meet in the middle and call them Switzerland books- so I’m rounding up 3.5 stars to 4! Special thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for sharing this entertaining ARC in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    I buddy read The Girls Weekend with Julie (JuJu) and she summed it up well..."It definitely wasn’t a deep, thought provoking book, but it kept my attention...like a bad soap opera."  June and her friends make so many bad decisions, one after another.  Once I got over the fact they were never going to do the smart thing, I just settled in for the wild weekend, went with the flow, and enjoyed the story.. June, Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em, are 38-ish year old college best friends/frenemies, spending a I buddy read The Girls Weekend with Julie (JuJu) and she summed it up well..."It definitely wasn’t a deep, thought provoking book, but it kept my attention...like a bad soap opera."  June and her friends make so many bad decisions, one after another.  Once I got over the fact they were never going to do the smart thing, I just settled in for the wild weekend, went with the flow, and enjoyed the story.. June, Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em, are 38-ish year old college best friends/frenemies, spending a long weekend at Sadie's estate, for Amy's baby shower. Sadie's husband, who first asked June to marry him before he married Sadie, is staying down at the beach house. But Sadie won, Sadie has it all, wealth from her best selling children's books, Ethan, the guy both Sadie and June fawned over during their college years, something to lord over each and every person there, and an ego that won't let her be bested by anyone else. It doesn't take long to figure out that almost everyone at the estate is messed up. June's boyfriend has just dumped her by text and she has never gotten along with Sadie really. They were more like competition to each other, which helped them both to be better at what they were doing. June still has a crush on Ethan, not having expected him to run to Sadie the minute she turned down his marriage proposal, all those years ago. Kimi likes her drugs and drink, Amy's baby daddy was a one night stand, Em has a secret that Sadie is going to make public, and Dakota seems to hate her mom. Ethan isn't just at the beach house for this weekend but instead he and Sadie are estranged. Then there is the landscaper who lives on the property. Leo has his own secrets that he's not ready to discuss with June or anyone else. After an evening of drinking, where all the women seem to have been drugged with something that had them running wild but not remembering what happened, they wake to Sadie missing and blood on the walls and floor. But don't worry, drugged drinks one night, doesn't keep them from drinking more the next night! They also take their time calling the cops, which made no sense to me...so that's where I just zipped my brain and just went along for the ride. Once the cops are involved, June is prime suspect because she had visited Ethan's cabin the first night she was there. But never fear, everybody has a motive for doing harm to manipulative, bossy, greedy, grabby Sadie so this "who done it" is wide open for guessing who did it. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for this ARC. 
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    3.75*Attention ladies! It’s time for the old gang to reunite. A weekend getaway to the sprawling estate belonging to one of the most successful in the bunch. Hmmmm, let me think…can’t imagine there would be hard feelings or jealousy! After all....they are all friends...right!?After a sleeping off a night of hard partying they awaken to the disturbing news that one of their fellow merry-makers has disappeared. Was she murdered? Well, maybe that huge smear of blood on the wall is a subtle clue. I 3.75*Attention ladies! It’s time for the old gang to reunite. A weekend getaway to the sprawling estate belonging to one of the most successful in the bunch. Hmmmm, let me think…can’t imagine there would be hard feelings or jealousy! After all....they are all friends...right!?After a sleeping off a night of hard partying they awaken to the disturbing news that one of their fellow merry-makers has disappeared. Was she murdered? Well, maybe that huge smear of blood on the wall is a subtle clue. I was locked in from the start! The mystery was set up perfectly. And while it was a fun light mystery, I felt like I needed just a bit more....I’ve enjoyed Jody Gehrman's books in the past and will definitely be watching for her next release.Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC to read and review.Expected date of publication: August 11, 2020
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .Getting together with your friends from college sound like fun, right? Except when the host is your old nemesis who married the man you once dated and *gasp* turned down. June Moody is an English professor who had big dreams of becoming a successful author. Her nemesis Sadie, married June's ex and went on to become a successful author whose children's books have been made into popular movies. Begrudgingly she agrees to attend the weekend.Sadie has it Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .Getting together with your friends from college sound like fun, right? Except when the host is your old nemesis who married the man you once dated and *gasp* turned down. June Moody is an English professor who had big dreams of becoming a successful author. Her nemesis Sadie, married June's ex and went on to become a successful author whose children's books have been made into popular movies. Begrudgingly she agrees to attend the weekend.Sadie has it all - a handsome husband, a successful writing career, a beautiful daughter who is about to go to college and a beautiful home. She has invited her college friends to her home for a girl’s weekend.The weekend gets off to an awkward start and after a night of drinking the women wake up with mega hangovers and very little memory of what occurred the night before. Glimpses of memories here and there but nothing solid. When they slowly begin to regroup, they find Sadie is missing, the house is ransacked and there are bloodstains.Soon the police are called in and as the investigation begins, so does the suspicions, bickering and feelings of dread....Where is Sadie? What happened to her?This was a fast read that didn't disappoint. The synopsis is intriguing and as soon as the bickering started, things really got interesting. Fairly early on, I had a suspect in mind and was right but still enjoyed how this book played out. This is pure entertainment. This book doesn't require much thinking, just curling up in one's favorite reading chair. I like to think of this as a guilty pleasure book. Everyone appears to have a motive; everyone has gaps in her memory but is one of them lying? hmm....Fun, entertaining, captivating and a fast read!Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    Nope, no suspense or surprise for me.I had a hard time with this novel from the beginning. I wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't a review copy.The synopsis sounded like a novel that would suit me, but it failed in every way. I hated all the characters and couldn't connect. June was so annoying that my eyes were rolling non-stop, but the other "girls" weren't much better. Very slow, very mild mystery that was far-fetched. I'm going to stop here because this was a huge struggle from beginning t Nope, no suspense or surprise for me.I had a hard time with this novel from the beginning. I wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't a review copy.The synopsis sounded like a novel that would suit me, but it failed in every way. I hated all the characters and couldn't connect. June was so annoying that my eyes were rolling non-stop, but the other "girls" weren't much better. Very slow, very mild mystery that was far-fetched. I'm going to stop here because this was a huge struggle from beginning to end. Thanks to NG for my advanced copy. OUT in June 2020
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    The Girls Weekend is a 2020 release by Jody Gehrman, a new author to me. I found the book on NetGalley and thought it would be a clever thriller to read this week. I enjoyed the book and ended up allotting 3.5 stars, as it was a good story but didn't fully pop or surprise me at any point. That said, I recommend it as a solid thriller and suspense novel for fans of this genre.Five college friends lost touch over ~20 years. Some stayed close, others drifted... the missing years are a little murky. The Girls Weekend is a 2020 release by Jody Gehrman, a new author to me. I found the book on NetGalley and thought it would be a clever thriller to read this week. I enjoyed the book and ended up allotting 3.5 stars, as it was a good story but didn't fully pop or surprise me at any point. That said, I recommend it as a solid thriller and suspense novel for fans of this genre.Five college friends lost touch over ~20 years. Some stayed close, others drifted... the missing years are a little murky. When one is pregnant, another throws a weekend bash to celebrate and reunite. During the course of the evening, secrets come out, blood appears on the wall, and people go missing. What happened that night? Someone drugged the others, or an outsider sneaked in and drugged the whole group. Toss in a husband, a daughter, a boyfriend, and a curious landscaper, you've got a cast of ~10 potential culprits, or is the missing woman faking her death?The story is easy to read. The writing is good, and it kept me interested. I kept waiting for the major shocker, but it never quite came. I had expected some illicit relationship or secret popping up. Instead, we knew the basics, but figuring out how those played into someone's disappearance and/or death was the puzzle placed before us. I never really connected with any of the characters enough to wish they would be innocent. Our narrator, the main girl who never wanted to attend the event, is a bit wishy washy, and one of the other girls is so erratic, I couldn't understand why anyone would choose to befriend her. So... given all those things, I couldn't push it up to a 4 as a really great read.I did like the setting and the dialog felt real. I would read another book by this author, as I think maybe this story was just a little underwhelming for me. The rest was all good.
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    Complex characters, woven together in a twisty and tangled shitshow!!Your old college girlfriends want to get together for a weekend of fun. Drinking and reminiscing. It might be fun if it weren’t for all that unresolved animosity. It’s planned at Sadie’s “estate”. She’s the one who made it big and has the “perfect life”. She’s also the control freak, who needs everything to go her way. Sadie is more of a frenemy. Kimiko’s the one who never really grew up. She’s still drinking and drugging like Complex characters, woven together in a twisty and tangled shitshow!!Your old college girlfriends want to get together for a weekend of fun. Drinking and reminiscing. It might be fun if it weren’t for all that unresolved animosity. It’s planned at Sadie’s “estate”. She’s the one who made it big and has the “perfect life”. She’s also the control freak, who needs everything to go her way. Sadie is more of a frenemy. Kimiko’s the one who never really grew up. She’s still drinking and drugging like she was in college. Amy is the reason for the get together. She’s a total mess...not only bipolar, but now she’s eight month’s pregnant after a one-night stand. Last is Em, your bff, and the only reason this trip is bearable, after your douchebag boyfriend dumped you by text! And this is only the beginning of the f*@*@d-up character list! I was immediately pulled into this catty chaos!“They’re two sides of the same coin—the power-hungry monster and her helpless victim. Only this time, the fly has swallowed the spider.”This would make a fantastic group read...there is SO MUCH to [email protected]jodygehrman @crookedlanebks @NetGalley#TheGirlsWeekend #MustReadThriller #NetGalleyMy Rating: 3.5 ⭐️’s (rounding up)Published: June 9th 2020 by Crooked Lane BooksPages: 311Recommend: Yes...it’s much better to read about it, than be a part of it!Thank you to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and Jody Gehrman for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion!
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting something gritty and salacious...the reality of The Girls Weekend was quite different.I'm so drawn to books like this one because I relate so deeply to the stage of life depicted...middle-age women spending time with old friends and reliving their youth. Unfortunately, this particular story didn't resonate at all. At it's heart, this is a 'locked-room mystery,' but there weren't enough characters to make it much of a mystery at all. I suspected the antagonist very early on, but k I was expecting something gritty and salacious...the reality of The Girls Weekend was quite different.I'm so drawn to books like this one because I relate so deeply to the stage of life depicted...middle-age women spending time with old friends and reliving their youth. Unfortunately, this particular story didn't resonate at all. At it's heart, this is a 'locked-room mystery,' but there weren't enough characters to make it much of a mystery at all. I suspected the antagonist very early on, but kept thinking to myself...that's way too obvious. Surely I'm not right. I held out hope until the final pages. 👎 I was right. 👎Beyond that, the dialogue was super cheesy. I was fully expecting one of the women to break out in a raspy voice and impersonate Clint Eastwood saying, "Go ahead. Make my day." I couldn't relate to any of the characters, all of whom were quite unlikable and lacking in intelligence. Thankfully, the story did somehow manage to keep me turning pages, so for that reason, I'm going to call it average and slap on a 2.5 star rating. This might work for an ingenue to the genre, but for long-time suspense readers, it's pretty elementary. Available August 11, 2020**My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my review copy.**
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Crooked Lane Books, you had me at 'locked-room mystery', one of my all time favorite tropes!Didn't read the rest of the synopsis.Don't know. Don't care. Give it to me!!! Crooked Lane Books, you had me at 'locked-room mystery', one of my all time favorite tropes!Didn't read the rest of the synopsis.Don't know. Don't care. Give it to me!!!
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  • Lilith Black Bee
    January 1, 1970
    BLOG ••• TWITTER ••• WHISHLIST ••• 2 months of free books HERE E-ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are not affected in any way. PROS: • Well developed characters. I feel like if the author didn't put a name to every character, I would've still known who is who. They are very easy to differentiate, their voices being so clear from one another that it's hard to mistake them.• Amazing plot twist! I'm sure th BLOG ••• TWITTER ••• WHISHLIST ••• 2 months of free books HERE E-ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are not affected in any way. PROS: • Well developed characters. I feel like if the author didn't put a name to every character, I would've still known who is who. They are very easy to differentiate, their voices being so clear from one another that it's hard to mistake them.• Amazing plot twist! I'm sure that for many of you who read or will read this book, won't agree with me, mostly if you are well read in the thriller genre. But hear me out! From the moment that it's revealed that Sadie is missing, I just keep guessing in my mind who and why it did it. The rest of the book until the moment of reveal, was for me like a race, to see if I am wrong or not, to hop from suspecting someone to see another character as the main bad guy. And I don't know for you, but for me, when a "whodoneit" thriller does this to me, keeps me engaging, guessing and questioning my observation power, it's all I need from it. Plus, it was so hard for me to stop reading!• Bad but believable characters decisions. All characters had some major troubles on their house's roofs, no one is sane enough to think straight. Some have obsessions, some have trauma, some have major things to deal with in their lives, and all of these contribute to their bad decisions and actions, but unlike others, these characters are believable. Their decisions are believable. And it's easy to put yourself in their skin.• Highly entertaining! Beside the fact that when I started it I have read maybe 10 pages and after I put it down for almost a week because I wasn't in the mood for a thriller, when I picked it up back I just found myself unable to stop reading! Do I need to say more?! CONS: • None, thank you! OVERALL THOUGHTS: If you want a gripping "whodoneit" style thriller, with believable and well defined characters, then this book is for you! Also, perfect for Ruth Ware fans!
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman is a quick read, despite the story being a slow burn. It does take a while to get to the main part of the story. I read this book in an evening and while I enjoyed it, I felt that I had read it all before. There were parts of the story that were glossed over and really should have had more depth. 5 friends from college reunite for a girls weekend. They have not seen an awful lot of each other recently there is definitely plenty of tension among them. It is a dra The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman is a quick read, despite the story being a slow burn. It does take a while to get to the main part of the story. I read this book in an evening and while I enjoyed it, I felt that I had read it all before. There were parts of the story that were glossed over and really should have had more depth. 5 friends from college reunite for a girls weekend. They have not seen an awful lot of each other recently there is definitely plenty of tension among them. It is a drama filled weekend with lot so of drinking and partying. But when they awaken from one of this nights of drinking one of them hasn’t gone missing and the others have very little memory of what happened. None of these women are very nice people and they all had their reasons for wanting this woman gone.Thanks to Crooked Lane books and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    The Girls Weekend, by Author Jody Gehrman,This book takes place in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State - at  a sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. This caught my attention right away, being that I live on the West coast of Canada, and love this beautiful natural area of the world.It's a Girl's weekend story, with a group of 5 girlfriends connecting after many yearsIt kind of started off on a good note for me, but I became quickly bored with the storyline. It just did not capture my a The Girls Weekend, by Author Jody Gehrman,This book takes place in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State - at  a sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. This caught my attention right away, being that I live on the West coast of Canada, and love this beautiful natural area of the world.It's a Girl's weekend story, with a group of 5 girlfriends connecting after many yearsIt kind of started off on a good note for me, but I became quickly bored with the storyline. It just did not capture my attention as the story progressed.A fair read however, and one that will probably capture many readersThank You to NetGalley, Author Jody Gehrman, and Crooked Lane Books for my advanced copy to review2.5 Stars for me
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  • İlkim
    January 1, 1970
    I started last night and couldn't put it down. I was so wondering who the killer was, it kept me through all night. This is really a good thriller. And the important thing for me is, the ending is good. If the finale didn't work out for me, it affects all my journey. Five women are coming together to celebrate the new baby but after a night of highly drinking (?) everything changes. No one remembers the previous night and everyone suspecting the other one. All secrets are revaling and you see an I started last night and couldn't put it down. I was so wondering who the killer was, it kept me through all night. This is really a good thriller. And the important thing for me is, the ending is good. If the finale didn't work out for me, it affects all my journey. Five women are coming together to celebrate the new baby but after a night of highly drinking (?) everything changes. No one remembers the previous night and everyone suspecting the other one. All secrets are revaling and you see anyone could be the killer. While I was reading toward to last pages, I guessed the killer but everyone is a big suspect in this book. I even thought something like Murder on the Orient Express finale.Overall, I really liked the story. I liked the mystery. Some characters were written better, but that doesn't affect the book for me. A good and edgy thriller.I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman is a quickly paced thriller with an entertaining story-line. I had only one problem with The Girls Weekend and that lay in the main character and narrator, June Moody; she’s just not a very likeable gal. At. All. Generally, when reading, I either empathize with a main character or at the very least, can see their point; investing me in their story or plight. I don’t have to love them to love the book. I had a hard time becoming mentally engaged with June; she wa The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman is a quickly paced thriller with an entertaining story-line. I had only one problem with The Girls Weekend and that lay in the main character and narrator, June Moody; she’s just not a very likeable gal. At. All. Generally, when reading, I either empathize with a main character or at the very least, can see their point; investing me in their story or plight. I don’t have to love them to love the book. I had a hard time becoming mentally engaged with June; she was at turns weak and whiney and then strong and noble. Make no mistake, I love a flawed character but June just didn’t make sense to me. The other characters, primarily Em and Leo, I really enjoyed, they were well-developed and interesting. I really liked the way this thriller played out. I had two suspects in mind at the beginning but as everyone’s back stories with Sadie played out, it seems more and more people had a reason to kill Sadie. There are plenty of smoke-screens that kept me guessing, plenty of twists to keep things interesting and a fast-moving plot which made for a page turner, despite my dislike for Jane (Ok, I’ll stop ragging on Jane). This is a good book for any fan of the thriller/mystery/suspense genre. A big thank you to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books, and Jody Gehrman for providing me with The Girls Weekend in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I'm waffling between a 4 & a 5, so maybe call this a solid 4.5? I really loved it. I was sucked in immediately by the JUICY interpersonal conflicts, and "trapped in a place where a murder happens" is one of my FAVORITE thriller tropes, and this one did not disappoint. Though this one is "trapped in a place and someone disappears and there is blood on the wall and everyone blacked out and doesn't know what happened" but CLOSE ENOUGH.The Girls Weekend plays on the complicated and sometimes toxic a I'm waffling between a 4 & a 5, so maybe call this a solid 4.5? I really loved it. I was sucked in immediately by the JUICY interpersonal conflicts, and "trapped in a place where a murder happens" is one of my FAVORITE thriller tropes, and this one did not disappoint. Though this one is "trapped in a place and someone disappears and there is blood on the wall and everyone blacked out and doesn't know what happened" but CLOSE ENOUGH.The Girls Weekend plays on the complicated and sometimes toxic aspects of intense female friendship, especially the type that was bright and intense when you were younger and has now faded. The 5 women reuniting for the weekend were besties in college but now they're almost 40 and life has taken them in all sorts of interesting directions. The queen bee, Sadie, is now a megafamous children's series author with a mansion and the hot Scottish TA she and the main character June competed for way back when. June's also a failed novelist turned community college teacher whose boyfriend has just broken up with her via text, and man the FEELINGS in her POV were TOO REAL. Sadie's cousin Amy is pregnant, hence the reunion, and Em and Kimiko round out the group. Every single woman has some kind of backstory/beef/bitterness where Sadie is confirmed--so of course shit gets real when they all wake up and Sadie is gone and they can't remember anything. There's a lot of dysfunction brewing under the surface.My favorite thing by far was all the interpersonal entanglements. The conflicts were really good--high stakes but interpersonal, so they felt grounded enough to feel real. The red herrings/tension were excellent because every single person on the estate/in the house that night had a motive to do something to Sadie. Things get VERY intense for poor June. The scene-setting at Sadie's mansion/in the PNW was sumptuous and vivid and perfect. I felt like I was there. The end was a tiny tick guessable, but still wholly satisfying. If you also enjoy rich assholes trope, complicated female friendships trope, and the trapped in an isolated place where someone did a murder trope, this book should scratch all your itches, as it did mine. I happened to parse this out over about a week, but I could see it being a perfect page-turner--a plane or beach read.
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  • Lia (booksnpenguins)
    January 1, 1970
    Book requested on and received from NetGalley.Friendship can be a double-edged sword. It can make you feel the most special person on the planet, or it can turn your life into a little, claustrophobic hell on earth. June Moody knows all about it, especially about the ugliest face of it, and in this fast-paced thriller you'll get to see her struggling with the joys and pains long time friendship comes with. All spiced up with a criminal twist, some family drama, girl feuds, and some sweet and spi Book requested on and received from NetGalley.Friendship can be a double-edged sword. It can make you feel the most special person on the planet, or it can turn your life into a little, claustrophobic hell on earth. June Moody knows all about it, especially about the ugliest face of it, and in this fast-paced thriller you'll get to see her struggling with the joys and pains long time friendship comes with. All spiced up with a criminal twist, some family drama, girl feuds, and some sweet and spicy romance on the side. I rather enjoyed this book, the writing and the girl dynamics in particular, and even if the plot wasn't of the most original and I saw most twists coming, Jody German made it short and structured well enough to keep me guessing and reading.ACTUAL RATINGS 3,5/5
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: August 11, 2020 Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Murder Mystery | Suspense The Girls Weekend is a suspenseful murder mystery! I’m actually quite surprised by some of the reviews of this book because I personally thought this was a really great read! I love a weekend getaway type mystery, one where the characters have come together after a long period of time, and dark secrets are shared one by one. Add into this the seclusion of the setting, the unpredictable plot twists, and some intri Release Date: August 11, 2020 Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Murder Mystery | Suspense The Girls Weekend is a suspenseful murder mystery! I’m actually quite surprised by some of the reviews of this book because I personally thought this was a really great read! I love a weekend getaway type mystery, one where the characters have come together after a long period of time, and dark secrets are shared one by one. Add into this the seclusion of the setting, the unpredictable plot twists, and some intriguing characters and you have all the makings for a great read! This is how I viewed the book and all around and I enjoyed it immensely! Fans of Shari Lapena, Ruth Ware, and Lucy Foley would be perfect candidates for this one. One of the things that I loved about this one was the smattering of breadcrumbs the author left for us to follow in figuring out the killer. You think it’s one person (Sadie had a little something on EVERYONE), but then are led to see that them being the killer isn’t really plausible. On and on you go until the big reveal at the end. Sure, you may be able to figure it out before it’s revealed, but I honestly think it’s HOW you get there that makes it so exciting. Another thing I loved about this book was the characters. Each have their own secrets to hold and they make for some intriguing people. I found each one of them guilty at one point or another which helped with the suspense. No one was really “good” or unbelievable to be the killer. I felt like I was making my way through a maze! I’m giving this one 4.5 stars because I honestly just enjoyed the heck out of this book. It may have been a tad bit slow in some areas but most of the book flew by for me. I found myself wanting to read it when I couldn’t and not wanting to put it down when I was reading. That my friends, is a successful read! I recommend it to all fans of mystery and thriller novels.
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  • The Cats’ Mother
    January 1, 1970
    The Girls Weekend (unforgivable to have left off the apostrophe!) is a stand-alone thriller by a new author to me, but one who has written several other contemporary fiction novels. It was perhaps a mistake to read another Friends Reuniting Locked Room type mystery so soon after The Guest List, as this suffers by comparison, although I find it interesting that in that book I didn’t mind all the characters being awful, but here the unlikeability, especially of the narrator, did bug me.June Moody, The Girls Weekend (unforgivable to have left off the apostrophe!) is a stand-alone thriller by a new author to me, but one who has written several other contemporary fiction novels. It was perhaps a mistake to read another Friends Reuniting Locked Room type mystery so soon after The Guest List, as this suffers by comparison, although I find it interesting that in that book I didn’t mind all the characters being awful, but here the unlikeability, especially of the narrator, did bug me.June Moody, an English professor at a smalltown California community college, is shocked to receive an invitation from her old college frenemy Sadie, to a reunion weekend at her lavish Washington home. Now a hugely successful children’s author, and married to June’s former boyfriend, Sadie seems to have it all, and June refuses to go, until her boyfriend dumps her and her best friend Em persuades her that the trip to catch up with their other friends, crazy pregnant Amy and rebellious cannabis-seller Kimiko. After a drunken first night, they wake with sore heads and hazy memories to discover that Sadie is missing - and that they each have a motive to want her dead. This is all told in first person present (yuck) from June’s point of view, so I was surprised that the author would make her so unpleasant. She’s prickly, resentful and jealous, quick to shame others, with some really dodgy ideas about mental illness, which she trivialises at every turn. Early on she condones a student who wants to write a bullying story about a classmate being a cannibal, without even changing the name, which June thinks is fine as the victim is popular and so somehow deserves it. She’s barely arrived at Sadie’s house when she’s agreeing to meet up with Ethan the husband after midnight.The other friends aren’t much better - they get drunk and trash their so-called friend’s dressing room because someone spiked their drink and supposedly released their inhibitions. Decent people just wouldn’t do that. There’s a spoiled teenage daughter whose life has apparently been ruined by the series of books and movies about her namesake, her good looking older boyfriend and a mysterious gardener hiding a secret of his own. I couldn’t believe that a group of women in their late 30s could be so immature and idiotic.I try to avoid amnesia plot lines, as they’re just so annoyingly contrived but didn’t read the blurb carefully enough before requesting this. This hasn’t helped change my mind about them.I was rather disappointed by the rather “meh - is that it?” ending. There weren’t enough suspects so when the perpetrator is finally revealed you’re not all that surprised - I was hoping for more of a twist. It’s all a bit convenient and everyone’s happy ending is nicely spelled out in the epilogue - surely that would throw in a last minute twist? Nah, she plays it straight.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC which allowed me to give an honest review. The Girls’ Weekend is published on August 11th.
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  • Jaine
    January 1, 1970
    4.0 starsThis book has been sitting in my netgalley shelf for so long. I finally finish reading it. Yay.The Fearless Five went to have a Girls Weekend in Sadie's place. Em hit a deer while going there and June feel like it's a bad omen. Something bad indeed happen while they are at Sadie's place. Sadie went missing, there are blood stains on the wall and staircase, the house is crowded. Worst thing, all of them have broken memory of what happen the night before. The plot is really good. I like t 4.0 starsThis book has been sitting in my netgalley shelf for so long. I finally finish reading it. Yay.The Fearless Five went to have a Girls Weekend in Sadie's place. Em hit a deer while going there and June feel like it's a bad omen. Something bad indeed happen while they are at Sadie's place. Sadie went missing, there are blood stains on the wall and staircase, the house is crowded. Worst thing, all of them have broken memory of what happen the night before. The plot is really good. I like that it only has a first point of view mainly of June Moody only. I like first point of view and I like how the writer narrates the story. I also love the set of characters, their differences, and their attitudes. I think they all compliment with the story and it makes it interesting. I like that all of them have motives to what is really happening and it makes it more interesting and confusing.What puts me off is June Moody's thinking. Sometimes she thinks in a certain way, especially about what happened in the mansion. She is playing detective and I think it spoils the story? Not sure. Though I like how she tries to really think of the situation and who did the killing. She's more on the intellectual matter and not the emotional matter. The ending is good. Though I must say I am not a huge fan of the ending. I didn't feel it to be a blast. The way they also find the killer seems to be unreal. I'm not sure but it seems to be really convenient to have a thought like that. It may be good but it's not working for me. The story is good but I'm not super hype about it.Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for approving me of this book.
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  • Taylor Knight
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to start The Girls Weekend. The plot sounded really great and I've been super into suspense books lately. However, I felt extremely disappointed with this book. I still really liked the overall plot but there was multiple times that the writing was tone deaf. The first thing that hit me really wrong was the main character, June, and her careless comparison of hate stalking someone’s Instagram to a person who self harms. June was also incredibly immature and spent so much of her I was so excited to start The Girls Weekend. The plot sounded really great and I've been super into suspense books lately. However, I felt extremely disappointed with this book. I still really liked the overall plot but there was multiple times that the writing was tone deaf. The first thing that hit me really wrong was the main character, June, and her careless comparison of hate stalking someone’s Instagram to a person who self harms. June was also incredibly immature and spent so much of her time complaining about her life and how Sadie seemed to have it all, just based on her social media. Not an uncommon way of thinking in today’s culture but also not a compelling story line in a book with full grown adult characters. I didn't mind the pace of the plot. It was a little slow, the action didn't start until 30% into the book, but I didn't feel like it was being dragged out. I do wish there was more background on the characters, I was especially interested in knowing more about Kimi but we knew very little about her or Amy or Em. The second tone deaf issue I noticed was when the only person of color in the book brings up how cops make her uncomfortable and another character says “Really? You’re going there?”. It was convenient that the author has a POC token character, because that's all she seemed to be, but also, very poor choice on the author’s part to include a white character disregarding a real and legitimate concern for POC in the real world. Shortly after that, there was a brief degradation of #MeToo, which was completely unnecessary and did nothing for the plot or characters. I also hated how mental illness was consistently downplayed and was used as a reason that someone might be a murderer. One of the worst lines in this book was, "Amy went through a cutter phase in college.” Again, so tone deaf. Self harm isn’t a phase. It’s serious and not something to dismiss as a phase. And of course, mental health issues always equal being a murderer in all the character's eyes. That was a consistent theme throughout the book and I found it to be a disgusting, outdated, tone deaf stereotype.The plot twist was decent but I wasn't shocked and it didn't spur any emotion out of me. Overall, the potential of the plot was ruined for me by all the tone deaf stereotypes and careless disregard for serious issues in the real world.
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  • Michael David
    January 1, 1970
    THE GIRLS WEEKEND is an entertaining thriller about a group of old college friends who meet up years later for a baby shower reunion weekend. When one of the women goes missing, the rest of them try to figure out what happened to her and if one of them are responsible. Author Jody Gehrman does a great job writing compelling characters and making their stories interesting. I flew through this fast-paced book and was intrigued throughout. I will say the ending didn’t blow me away, even if it is ap THE GIRLS WEEKEND is an entertaining thriller about a group of old college friends who meet up years later for a baby shower reunion weekend. When one of the women goes missing, the rest of them try to figure out what happened to her and if one of them are responsible. Author Jody Gehrman does a great job writing compelling characters and making their stories interesting. I flew through this fast-paced book and was intrigued throughout. I will say the ending didn’t blow me away, even if it is appalling to fathom. Still, an entertaining read and now I have a new author to add to my list. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books, Jody Gehrman, and NetGalley for an ARC.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    The Girls Weekend is my second Jody Gehrman book, and I had fun reading it! I love locked room-style mysteries with old friends and secrets coming out, so if that appeals to you, check this one out. I ended up tearing through the book pretty quickly because I was enjoying it & wanted to find out what happened. This is a fun summer mystery, and you should add it to your TBR for next month! The Girls Weekend is my second Jody Gehrman book, and I had fun reading it! I love locked room-style mysteries with old friends and secrets coming out, so if that appeals to you, check this one out. I ended up tearing through the book pretty quickly because I was enjoying it & wanted to find out what happened. This is a fun summer mystery, and you should add it to your TBR for next month!
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  • Tami
    January 1, 1970
    Riveting thriller for the summer season! Five college friends get together for a reunion of sorts and to have a baby shower for one of the friends that has had problems in the past. Readers soon find out that these women are more like ‘frenemies’ than friends. Sadie, the hostess for the weekend getaway, has made millions as an author and seems to have the perfect life. She also has a tendency to control every activity. After a night of too much drinking, the women wake up to a house in shambles Riveting thriller for the summer season! Five college friends get together for a reunion of sorts and to have a baby shower for one of the friends that has had problems in the past. Readers soon find out that these women are more like ‘frenemies’ than friends. Sadie, the hostess for the weekend getaway, has made millions as an author and seems to have the perfect life. She also has a tendency to control every activity. After a night of too much drinking, the women wake up to a house in shambles and find that Sadie is missing. To make matters worse, there is blood spattered throughout the house.They feel the need to call the police right away, but each woman has a reason to delay—what if the police suspect them? Each woman has a secret involving Sadie, except June Moody. Everyone knows June dated Sadie’s husband in college. And everyone wonders if they still have feelings for each other.I feel quite sure most readers will have the mystery solved well before the story ends, but trust me, the fun is in the getting there. I enjoyed being a part of the cat and mouse game as the women, and mostly June, tried to figure out what really happened.This was a very enjoyable mystery/thriller, set in a picturesque location, with some complicated characters. I highly recommend this one for a quick summer read.Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.
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  •  LEAH⇢
    January 1, 1970
    THE DETAILS⇣⤏ LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERY⤏ REUNION OF GIRLFRIENDS⤏ MIXED WITH SOME ROHYPNOL⤏ DRAMA, JEALOUSIES & BLOOD ON THE WALL⤏ SAN JUAN ISLANDS SETTING...BUT IT DIDN'T REALLY FEEL LIKE IT⤏ LENGTH OF AUDIO - 9 HOURS, 26 MINUTES⤏ I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARY MY THOUGHTS⇣A mix of the hangover and your favorite locked room mystery, where everyone has a reason to want the missing/presumed dead to be offed. Is IT predictable...well I guessed IT, but I would rather guess and feel sorta clever THE DETAILS⇣⤏ LOCKED-ROOM MYSTERY⤏ REUNION OF GIRLFRIENDS⤏ MIXED WITH SOME ROHYPNOL⤏ DRAMA, JEALOUSIES & BLOOD ON THE WALL⤏ SAN JUAN ISLANDS SETTING...BUT IT DIDN'T REALLY FEEL LIKE IT⤏ LENGTH OF AUDIO - 9 HOURS, 26 MINUTES⤏ I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARY MY THOUGHTS⇣A mix of the hangover and your favorite locked room mystery, where everyone has a reason to want the missing/presumed dead to be offed. Is IT predictable...well I guessed IT, but I would rather guess and feel sorta clever than have IT be something that is so far out in left-field that it comes off as preposterous. So, more or less a win for me.I love Emily Ellet's narration...this is the second book I've listened to this year with her voicing the story. Her inflections and her other voices feel effortless and she has the ability to keep you in the story. She definitely influenced my overall rating.I found most of the characters easily relatable, and while I thought some of the drama was over the top from some of them...overall I found The Girls Weekend to be an entertaining listen/read. The perfect escape while you're doing something mind-numbingly boring.BREAKDOWN⇣Narration Rating ⇢ 5 STARSPlot ⇢ 4/5Characters ⇢ 4/5The Feels ⇢ 4/5Pacing ⇢ 4/5Addictiveness ⇢ 4.2/5Theme, Tone or Intensity ⇢ 4/5Originality/Believability ⇢ 4/5Flow (Writing Style/Ease of Listening) ⇢ 5/5Twisty-ness/Mystery ⇢ 3.5/5Ending ⇢ 4/5Summation ⇢ 4 STARS
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  • Nicki
    January 1, 1970
    It was meant to be a fun weekend of drinking and reminiscing but it swiftly descended into a living nightmare for four college friends in this fast paced tale of deception, secrets, envy and manipulation.June Moody is less than thrilled about spending time with her old friend and long time nemesis Sadie MacTavish especially considering Sadie's husband Ethan is June's former crush. But despite her doubts and against her better judgement she agrees to attend the baby shower at Sadie's sprawling es It was meant to be a fun weekend of drinking and reminiscing but it swiftly descended into a living nightmare for four college friends in this fast paced tale of deception, secrets, envy and manipulation.June Moody is less than thrilled about spending time with her old friend and long time nemesis Sadie MacTavish especially considering Sadie's husband Ethan is June's former crush. But despite her doubts and against her better judgement she agrees to attend the baby shower at Sadie's sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. But almost from the moment they arrive there is tension simmering in the air and old grudges start to resurface. After Sadie mysteriously disappears,the remaining friends discover that the house is in a shambles and there are bloodstains at the top of the stairs. When the friends are shocked to discover that they have no memory of the previous night,they begin to suspect that they have been drugged. After it emerges that June had a secret rendezvous with Ethan the previous night,she finds herself at the top of the investigating detectives suspect list.If they had been drugged then who had drugged them and why? Why had Sadie invited them to her home and then promptly disappeared? Was she playing games with them or had she found herself the victim of a killer who was hiding in plain sight?This enthralling thriller is voiced entirely from June's perspective, she was a complex character who harboured mixed feelings about Ethan and a lot of jealousy over Sadie's seemingly perfect life. But as June will find out, appearances can be deceptive and if you dig deep enough there is a possibility that you will uncover the sordid truths that are hidden under the superficial exterior. The group of friends were a diverse cast of characters,each of whom had their own individual personalities. I really liked June and her best friend Emma but I didn't think that Amy, Kimiko and Sadie were very likeable for various reasons. The story didn't have a very large cast of characters, apart from the five friends and Ethan,there was two unlikable,blinkered detectives, Ethan and Sadie's seventeen year old daughter Dakota and Leo,the landscaper who lived in the estate. I loved the setting for this story, the breath taking description of Sadie's house that appeared to rise from a shimmering pool . The lake where they went kayaking, the water that looked so safe and tranquil but where you could so easily lose your life if you foand yourself at the mercy of the dangers lurking under the surface. ofThe Girls Weekend is a extremely well written page turner, the story had me hooked on from the first page, was packed full of twists and turns and kept me guessing throughout. I would love to watch a film adaptation of this thrilling book. This is the first book that I have read that was written by this author and i look forward to reading more in the future. Very very highly recommendedMany thanks to Crooked Lane Books for a arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    June reunites with four old college friends (Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em). They gather for a baby shower for Amy, hosted by Sadie at her estate in the San Juan Islands. Things are a bit shaky between the old friends when everyone arrives. After a night that no one remembers well, Sadie is missing and everyone is a suspect.The characters are a group of women in their late thirties. They haven't been in close contact for years, but decide to reunite when one of them is expecting a baby. Told from Jun June reunites with four old college friends (Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em). They gather for a baby shower for Amy, hosted by Sadie at her estate in the San Juan Islands. Things are a bit shaky between the old friends when everyone arrives. After a night that no one remembers well, Sadie is missing and everyone is a suspect.The characters are a group of women in their late thirties. They haven't been in close contact for years, but decide to reunite when one of them is expecting a baby. Told from June's point of view. She is not looking forward to the weekend. Sadie is an old frenemy, and is married to an ex-boyfriend of June's. Amy is Sadie's cousin, and the pregnant friend. She's also single and hasn't told the others who the father is. Em has a secret she doesn't want revealed. Kimi likes her drugs and booze. An eclectic group for sure.Tension is high between the women. When they awaken to discover Sadie is missing, they aren't sure what happened or who could have been responsible. There are a few other characters on the island, but it makes for a small group of suspects in this locked-room type mystery.This mystery isn't too difficult to solve, but it's still a fun read. Atmospheric and dramatic.I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    A quick read about 5 university friends who get together after some years apart. There are secrets, jealousy and betrayals and after a night of drinks and reminiscing, one of the five is missing and the rest have spotty memories. Once the cops are called in, the feeling of dread and suspicions come out in full force. An entertaining read that will keep your attention.**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review**
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Who doesn't love a good book about a girls getaway? You just know something is going to go wrong! And there's a lot going wrong on this weekend as each woman has secrets, jealousies, and grudges that all come to a head when they get together. There's a beautiful beach house, a murder, a "love" triangle, and so much more! I loved it!Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
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  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!CW: misconceptions about mental illness (specifically bipolar disorder), blackout drunk, drug use, mentions of drug dealing, dubious consent/statutory rape-esque sex, and violenceI always hate writing reviews for three star books because while I did enjoy this -- I read most of this in one day/evening -- there were also aspects that I wasn't a fan of and would have liked changed.June is really detached from her old friends. Esp I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!CW: misconceptions about mental illness (specifically bipolar disorder), blackout drunk, drug use, mentions of drug dealing, dubious consent/statutory rape-esque sex, and violenceI always hate writing reviews for three star books because while I did enjoy this -- I read most of this in one day/evening -- there were also aspects that I wasn't a fan of and would have liked changed.June is really detached from her old friends. Especially Sadie. Sadie who has the perfect life, the perfect career, the perfect daughter, the perfect husband. She's still in contact with Em, another friend from college, and that's how she finds out another mutual friend, Amy, is having a baby and their going to have a girls weekend to celebrate.Obviously, things go wrong from there or it wouldn't be a thriller.I found most of the book very tense. I was able to predict a few things that happened, but not everything. I like it when I'm able to figure out things and yet still be surprised by the book. I also really liked June! These days, it seems like a lot of thrillers love using unreliable narrators that I don't end up liking very much. This story was different because everyone was unreliable because they literally couldn't remember the night whatsoever and were having blackout memories come back.But, there were aspects of this that I didn't like.For one, I didn't enjoy the treatment of mental illness in this book. Amy is said to have bipolar disorder. Cool. That's fine. Reading it, I was like "yeah, I can see diagnostically how she has that" but then there were characters who tried to say how manipulative she was and unreliable because of her mental illness. I know what it was there for, but I didn't like it. It's a tiring trope. Realistic, sure, but I don't like it.Then, the ending. I didn't like the ending. I rolled my eyes when it was revealed what happened. In other words, not for me. I know it was supposed to be a plot twist moment, but it came across contrived. The rest of the book after that also wrapped up too neatly for my liking.Overall, I enjoyed the book and I would totally read another book by the author, but there were aspects of this one that didn't hit home for me.
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