Sarah started her writing career with an online travel blog when she moved her family to Bali and from there branched into Young Adult fiction. Her most recent books have been quite intense gut wrenching thrillers that you simply can’t put down and The Weekend Away continues in this vein.
Orla and Kate have been friends forever, a friendship that has endured all sorts of struggles including Kate’s very messy divorce and Orla’s constant battles as a new mother. Throughout everything they have tried to organise one big girls weekend away a year. They haven’t had one for a few years with everything that has been going on but this year it is in Lisbon. They’ve found a beautiful apartment on Air BnB and a weekend of sightseeing, drinking and having fun awaits them. The first night there they have the perfect night out planned – dinner, drinks and dancing.
Orla wakes up the following morning with a horrendous hangover and only a confused memory of the previous evenings events. Kate has vanished and no-one is taking her seriously. The police don’t seem very interested in searching for a missing adult and Orla has to pull herself together to try and retrace their steps from the previous evening. The more that Orla digs the harder it gets to keep going because everything that she thought she knew is suddenly revealed to be a lie. Soon the only person she can trust is her uber driver!
This book did nothing for my sleep patterns as I found myself reading till 3.00 in the morning when I simply couldn’t put it down. Alderson has become a veritable master of these twisty psychological thrillers and I really didn’t expect the final outcome at all. It’s a great read and the perfect holiday book because you’ll just want to keep on reading the next chapter and forget all about getting up for work!
Supplied by Net Galley and Avon Books UK in exchange for an honest review .
UK Publication Date: July 23 2020.
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