PDay Book Review – The Girls Weekend by Jody Gerhman

Dear Readers,

Happy Publication Day to Jody Gehrman and her book The Girls Weekend. It is out today 11 August 2020 thanks to Crooked Lane Books and is available in all book stores and online.

I had an opportunity to read and review this book for NetGalley.

In short, I gave this book 5 STARS and believe it is worthwile read for all us girls. It is especially useful for those of us who hold grudges and believe they’ve been done wrong somewhere by somewone who deserves payback… Think twice. Read this book…

Synopsis

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. 

Review

We read for various reasons. What we get out of reading can be a lot of things. Some books speak to us. Some books teach us. Some books tell us off.

The Girls Weekend is one of those books. It tells you off. It tells you not to hold grudge. It tells you to let go. It tells you to look at things, situations and people from different angles… Did I mention, it tells you to let go?

If only… If only five college girlfriends let go of old grudges, hurts and snubbs. If only one of them… just went and lived her life without thinking ‘what if’… If only.

But life does happen when we are busy making other plans. Five old friends or rather frenemies get together for baby shower of one of them… or was it just a pretext to get them all together? Was it? It is for readers to find out.

Five women. Five stories. Five secrets. Five reasons to kill. Add an estranged husband, volatile hormone-crazed teenage daughter and you get a Molotov cocktail waiting to explode. And it does.

Who killed Sadie? Who killed perfect Sadie who had it all: fame, fortune, gorgeous husband and model-material daughter? I might be a lazy Sherlock but this story left me guessing till the very end.

At some point (given that I sided with June Moody from the very beginning) I even believed in the worst in people. As it happens I believed in the worst in the wrong people.

Amazingly suspenseful locked room mystery. A very beautiful, almost idylic setting, gorgeous people, and many weighty reasons to commit murder…

How long is a piece of string? How long can a person be pushed down, poked at, stolen from and cheated before they do something outrageous and let their frustration free? Just ponder this…

As I mentioned before, the story is so good it is worthwhile to read in one go, one night, one day at the summer house. Gives you different perspective on a lot of things…

The best and the scariest point about this book – it all seems real, tangible and doable. While reading this book I kept relating to the characters, seeing their stories through their eyes. The author has done an amazing job in creating such rich backstories to make characters so hazardous one could see anyone of them crossing the line of no return. Every single person in the story had such a huge grudge was pushed so hard and strangled almost to suffocation by this Sadie… And Sadie was suffocating herself and her family in her strive for perfection and ‘my way or highway’…

You have to read the book to understand what is possible, why and when…

Quotes

‘That’s always been her gift: serving a cocktail of bossy and sweet into frosty matini glasses’.

‘Every now and then, though, it feels like we’re trying to rekindle our neglected friendships with an old ritual that’s lost its sparkle’.

‘Her blithe assumption that you’ll spring open like a jack-in-the-box the second she cranks your handle’.

‘Some liars are so expert they decieve themselves’ – Austin O’Malley

‘It’s a scene I’ve fantasized about for years. Yet, now that it’s happening, a part of me sits in the audience, watching the actors say their lines, analyzing the blocking. I can’t tell if this is defense mechanism or my intuition warning me to beware’.

‘By the end I am sweatin with jealousy’.

‘It’s not something I’m proud of. It’s just the truth’.

‘Welcome to Sadiesota. It’s a police state, but it’s a pretty one’.

‘That’s the problem with secrets. They buzz around inside the keeper like a hive of bees ready to sting’.

‘Our secrets have become commodities, traded on the black market like illegal weapons’.

‘The past tense is forensic. It’s all about blame’.

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