Title: The Girls Weekend
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
My Rating: 4/5
For fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley, a riveting locked-room mystery about five college friends eager to reunite after years apart–only to be ripped apart again when their host’s disappearance unearths dark secrets and old grudges.
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.
June reunites with four old college friends (Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em). They gather for a baby shower for Amy, hosted by Sadie at her estate in the San Juan Islands. Things are a bit shaky between the old friends when everyone arrives. After a night that no one remembers well, Sadie is missing and everyone is a suspect.
The characters are a group of women in their late thirties. They haven’t been in close contact for years, but decide to reunite when one of them is expecting a baby. Told from June’s point of view. She is not looking forward to the weekend. Sadie is an old frenemy, and is married to an ex-boyfriend of June’s. Amy is Sadie’s cousin, and the pregnant friend. She’s also single and hasn’t told the others who the father is. Em has a secret she doesn’t want revealed. Kimi likes her drugs and booze. An eclectic group for sure.
Tension is high between the women. When they awaken to discover Sadie is missing, they aren’t sure what happened or who could have been responsible. There are a few other characters on the island, but it makes for a small group of suspects in this locked-room type mystery.
This mystery isn’t too difficult to solve, but it’s still a fun read. Atmospheric and dramatic.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.