“That Last Weekend” by Laura DiSilverio

“It had started with such promise and ended in tragedy, suspicion, and a police investigation. Horrible.”

Five young women, former college roommates, are the stars in this novel. The best of friends, they visit a country inn annually.  Until… the unthinkable happens and one of them is gravely injured.  Evangeline Paul survived her fall from the fifth floor balcony, but was paralyzed as a result.  Now, the women seldom keep in touch. The tragedy put them all under suspicion by the police and has put an indelible blight on their friendship.

Chateau

The story, for the most part is told through the eyes of Laurel Muir.  She is divorced, and a successful lawyer. Recently she has been appointed as a judge. In her late thirties, she longs for a child and a life beyond that which her career provides.  Ten years have passed since she and her former college friends visited “Chateau du Cygne Noir“.  Now, surprisingly, she receives an invitation to once again visit the inn in North Carolina along with her four friends during the first weekend of September.

Besides Laurel, the other women include Dawn Infanti (a gay artist), Ellie Ordahl (a married mother of college age sons), and Geneva Prost (a pregnant African American television reporter from Chicago).

tangerine envThe women have all received the trademark tangerine envelope with held an invitation to the inn.  And, despite the decade that has passed since they last visited, they all accept Evangeline’s invitation. They find that the inn has recently been sold and is to be turned into a nursing home. The caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Abbott, have been let go and this is their final guest booking before they leave the inn permanently.  It really is “the last weekend“.

wheelchairNow in a wheelchair, Evangeline seems to have turned her life around. She says that a miracle cure from Mexico has enabled her to perhaps walk again. She is engaged to be married and wanted to share her happiness with her old friends.

“Strange, that, how “lasts” could happen without any fanfare or notice; they could be over and one with before you noticed their significance.”

Another tragedy mars their reunion. This time Evangeline is dead. The women are all under suspicion. Sheriff Judah Boone is leading the investigation.  The women all have motives, but “all of their motives were dusty with age”.  Laurel takes it upon herself to aid in the investigation.  Before their stay ends, many of her friends will be put in dire peril.my thoughts divider dark redThis is a classic ‘whodunit’ mystery.  A closed setting with limited suspects. Many motives to cast suspicion on them all.  The setting was atmospheric and the characters quite engaging.

Perhaps I’ve just read too many similar novels, because though I find it difficult to pinpoint just what left me less than enthusiastic, it was for me just a ‘mediocre‘ read. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I cottoned on quite early just who the guilty party was – though to be fair, the author did include a plot twist near the end that I did not anticipate.

I think this book will be enjoyed by many who like a suspenseful mystery with a dash of romantic suspense. F 3.5 star

Many thanks to Midnight Ink who supplied me with a digital copy of this novel via NetGalley.

add-goodreadsLaura DiSilverio is a retired United States Air Force intelligence officer. She is married with two children. She is the national bestselling and award-winning author of 21 mystery, suspense, and young adult dystopian novels. Her 2015 standalone, The Reckoning Stones, won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery, and Library Journal named her recent title, Close Call, one of the Top Five mysteries of 2016.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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14 Responses to “That Last Weekend” by Laura DiSilverio

  1. I have this one, but haven’t gotten around to it just yet. Despite your meh feelings about it, you’ve piqued my interest a bit. 😉

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  2. carhicks says:

    No, it was given away in the book blurb.

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  3. carhicks says:

    The premise sounded pretty interesting, but as soon as I read that the person who invited them ended up dead, I knew this was not for me. I love reading your reviews Lynne, especially with all your graphics. Nicely done again.

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  4. As soon as I read the synopsis I knew this book wasn’t for me – I’ve seen this trope way too many times and it seems very popular at the moment. Great review though, I enjoyed reading it. Laura // roachiesreviews.com

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  5. It’s a shame this didn’t live up to the great premise – which is very intriguing!

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  6. Morning, Lynne. I always get a kick from reading the info you supply about the authors. Here we have a retired military intelligence officer who is amazingly creative and productive. Twenty-one novels!

    Take care.
    Neil

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