Book Review: The Weekend Escape

As you probably know, I love a good thriller. When I read the blurb for The Weekend Escape, I was intrigued. Thanks to Net Galley, I was fortunate enough to pick up an advanced reader copy. The book releases on October 8, but it is available now for preorder at a bargain price of .99.


A deserted island, a vicious storm, a murderer amongst friends…

It was meant to be a fun reunion, a chance for six friends to reconnect and relive the adventures that brought them together in the first place. But from the moment they arrive on their island home for the weekend, Lyndsey, Sonia, Bobbie, Amanda, Juliet, and Val realise that their paradise is filled with peril, and there are consequences when you try to outrun the ghosts of your past.

As everything starts to fall apart, and the friends begin to turn against one another, deep, dark secrets are revealed, and an unimaginable horror is unleashed. They came seeking adventure, but now they’ll be lucky to leave with their lives…

My review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Could have been five stars, but…

A weekend adventure on a nearly deserted island. The accommodations are “less than ideal.” The weather turns fierce. All the makings of a good thriller.

Ten years after high school, six friends, Lindsey, Bobbie, Juliet, Amanda, Sonia, and Val, agree to meet up for a weekend of adventure. As is often the case they drifted apart, but Juliet is determined to get them back together.

The book begins with them abseiling down a deserted lighthouse. That’s when the first near tragic event happens resulting in an injury to one of the women. Then another one turns up missing. It appears someone doesn’t want them around. But who and why?

Will they be able to get off the island alive? With no cell phone service and a broken radio, they’re not even able to call for help.

The action was fast paced. This is one book I didn’t want to put down. Although my suspicions proved correct in the end, the author threw in enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.

I was ready to give this five stars until the end. It’s a matter of personal preference, and I can’t say too much without giving it away, but suffice to say I’m a reader who likes things wrapped up.

Five stars for the story, one star for the ambiguous ending for an overall rating of four.

35 thoughts on “Book Review: The Weekend Escape

  1. I like books that wrap up well too, Joan. A little ambiguity can sometimes be interesting, especially in a series, but in a stand-alone read, I like a solid ending. Otherwise, it sound like an exciting read.

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    1. I still don’t regret reading it, and some people will love the ending. I’ve read more mystery and suspense over the years where everything is solved. This book is a little bit of psychological fiction, which tends to leave things more open-ended.

      Thanks for stopping by, Diana.

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  2. Suspense, intrigue, it sounds like a book I’d love. And at .99 cents, how could anyone go wrong? Thank you, Joan, for sharing your great review. I’m hooked!

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    1. It didn’t stop, but I’m used to reading mystery/suspense where the author wraps everything up. I’ve been reading more psychological fiction this year and have learned that’s not always the case.

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