Five close friends, in their late thirties, who met in boarding school.
Toby – an art-history professor who is married to Ruth a doctor. They have an infant and their marriage is under strain. To make matters worse, Ruth is a highly functioning alcoholic… until she isn’t.
Mark – ex-army and now a property developer who is married to Jayne, (also ex-army) who is now a physiotherapist. Jayne is suffering from PTSD and has low self-esteem.
Paul – married to Emily who is many years his junior. Emily comes from a dysfunctional family and has piles of emotional baggage from that. They haven’t been married a year yet.
Rob – married to Edie, he ‘got the girl‘, much to the jealousy of the other three men. Rob and Evie have a teenage daughter called Imogen.
Edie – the only woman of the five and loved by all the men since they were all in school together. Beautiful, she seems to be the glue that holds the group of friends together.
“We were, she thinks, a very privileged group until Rob died.”
Six months ago, Rob drowned in a swimming accident. When the group decide to go on another one of their traditional long weekends away, Edie declines the invitation claiming it would be too painful for her to go without Rob. At the last minute, the men all bow out of the first night away claiming other commitments. The three women, Jayne, Ruth, and Emily travel to the remote barn conversion on the Northumbrian moors on their own.
This weekend away will fracture the veneer of already brittle relationships.
Meanwhile, John Elliot, the owner of the rented barn is suffering from dementia. His wife Maggie worries about him wandering, and possibly scaring the tenants away. She is under stress, worried about her beloved husband and needing the money the rental earns to tide them over when her husband gets worse… as he is bound to.
This suspenseful novel was written via multiple viewpoints, one of which was an unknown (until near the end) narrator . The entire time I was reading this novel I was wondering…. Wondering if the letter was a hoax or whether it was real. Wondering if the three women would leave the barn unscathed. Wondering about the identity of the off-site narrator.
This novel was just so cleverly written. Plot twists abound and the pace is break-neck – with suspicion rife among almost all the characters. Some of the characters I immediately warmed to while others left me cold – as I’m sure they were meant to.
Yes, this novel raises the question of “How well do we really know anyone else?”. Just because you’ve known them for years and spent countless hours in their company, they might just be concealing their true nature…
“The Long Weekend” is a compelling psychological thriller that is sure to loved by all fans of the genre.Today is publication day for this excellent thriller, and it is available to purchase through these booksellers:
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Century Books UK via NetGalley at my request, for review purposes. I was invited to join in the blog tour for this novel by Isabelle Ralphs (Publicity Manager – Cornerstone/Penguin Random House UK) Publication date: February 3, 2022
ISBN: 9781529135367 – ASIN: B098WMW5GD – 400 pages
Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl, Odd Child Out, I Know You Know, and The Nanny. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.