Synopsis from HarperCollins:
Two friends go on holiday. Only one comes back.
Orla and Kate have been best friends forever. Together they’ve faced it all – be it Orla’s struggles as a new mother or Kate’s messy divorce. And whatever else happens in their lives, they can always look forward to their annual weekend away.
This year, they’re off to Lisbon: the perfect flat, the perfect view, the perfect itinerary. And what better way to kick things off in style than with the perfect night out?
But when Orla wakes up the next morning, Kate is gone. Brushed off by the police and with only a fuzzy memory of the night’s events, Orla is her friend’s only hope. As she frantically retraces their steps, Orla makes a series of shattering discoveries that threaten everything she holds dear. Because while Lisbon holds the secret of what happened that night, the truth may lie closer to home…
A twisty holiday read for fans of The Holiday and Date Night.
About: The Weekend Away is a psychological thriller written by Sarah Alderson. It was published on 4/13/2021 by Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are psychological thriller, mystery thriller, and adult fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is one of America’s preeminent romance houses and developed the careers of such bestsellers as Tessa Dare, Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, Lynsay Sands, and Cat Sebastian. Avon is also home to some of the most important names in contemporary romance and women’s fiction, such as Ilona Andrews, Alyssa Cole, Jeaniene Frost, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Alisha Rai, Jennifer Ryan, Jill Shalvis, and Mia Sosa.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Weekend Away on 7/21/2021 and finished it on 7/27/2021. An excellent read, this book was full of twists! Orla and Kate had been friends for a long time and they liked to go on a getaway every once in awhile. Recent years they haven’t gone anywhere because Orla had undergone a few IVF treatments since she wanted to have a baby. Now they have finally gone to one and it’s not what Orla was expecting. I have been loving books written by UK writers a lot recently. Many stories took place in London, but this story, the main character traveled to Lisbon. The main language spoken there was Portuguese. It’s interesting how Orla can tell what country people are from by their accent. Even though police were able to speak English, Orla was lucky that she got help from the Uber driver enough to figure out a lot of what had happened.
This book started with a prologue as Orla said goodbye to her husband Rob and baby Marlow. She’s leaving for a three-day weekend getaway with her best friend Kate whom she hasn’t seen in 4 years. Then the story began continued with Orla’s point of view, as she and Kate checked into an Airbnb and was excited at the fancy rental. They went out to a fancy restaurant and then to a bar. Eventually they brought two guys they met from the bar home with them, insisted by Kate. At this point they were both drunk. The next morning Orla woke up and only remembered pieces of the night before. Kate was not in her room and Orla had no idea where she went. Orla tried to search for Kate everywhere and even went to the police station to report Kate missing.
The Weekend Away was well written and a fast paced read! Reading many stories reminded me that many people are so well “put together that you sometimes don’t spot the cracks hiding beneath the wallpaper.” The ending of this book felt like there should be a sequel but it’s probably left to reader’s interpretation. Knowing how capable Orla was, she will know what to do with her revelation. I’m looking forward to watching the Netflix movie. This story felt like cat and mouse at times, chasing one clue which lead to another. I liked how each character had a role to play and it was hard to guess who the killer was. I enjoyed the ending a lot. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: friendship, IVF, getaway, foreigners, Uber driver, Airbnb,
About the Author:
Sarah Alderson is a British born, LA based screenwriter and author.
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and toddler daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.
She finished her first novel, HUNTING LILA, just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India, and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they reached Bali. After living there for five years, during which time she wrote another ten books, she and her family made the move to California.
While now writing predominantly for TV and film, Sarah remains a prolific author, writing women’s fiction under the name Mila Gray. Her novels in this genre include the #1 bestselling COME BACK TO ME, STAY WITH ME and RUN AWAY WITH ME.
Her first non-fiction book, CAN WE LIVE HERE, based on her family’s travels around the world to find a new home, was published in 2015.
Her first psychological thriller, FRIENDS LIKE THESE, was published in December 2018 and became an instant bestseller.
Her books have appeared in translation in Germany, Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Poland. (Photo obtained from the author’s Goodreads’ account and Info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to HarperCollins 360 for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.