BOOK TOUR: The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan

“By the time you read this, I’ll have killed one of your husbands.”

Set to be released on 3rd February, The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan is set in an isolated retreat, deep in the Northumbria moors, where three women arrive for a weekend getaway. Their husbands will be joining them in the morning. Or so they think.

But when they get to Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note that claims one of their husbands has been murdered. Their phones are out of range. There’s no internet. They’re stranded. And a storm’s coming in. Friendships fracture and the situation spins out of control as each wife tries to find out what’s going on, who is responsible and which husband has been targeted. This was a tight-knit group. They’ve survived a lot. But they won’t weather this. Because someone has decided that enough is enough. That it’s time for a reckoning.

Rating:

Today is my stop on the book tour for this book. Thank you to Penguin Random House for a free advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Long Weekend is a suspenseful and atmospheric thriller with complex characters, big twists, and an intriguing plot full of secrets, mistakes, regrets, and obsession.

I really enjoyed the setting of this book. I could easily picture the moors and the cabin and loved the supernatural feel of something lurking in the mist. With the characters braving the outside for signal, the vastness of the isolated setting and the feel of the storm add so much tension, too, feeding my intrigue as to what will happen next.

My only major problem with this book was the lack of chapters. The story is only sectioned into two parts – Friday and Saturday – but constantly switches between narratives throughout that. It’s told in third-person as it switches between all of the characters, and then there is also a first-person unnamed narrative. So because there aren’t chapters to separate the narrations, it all felt very hectic to me and I had to keep skipping back to check who I was reading about. This won’t distract all readers and some will find that the chaos adds to the tension. But for me, it stunted my pace so I did find it difficult to follow at times.

The thriller plot is one of those where there are a lot of coincidences, far-fetched events, or slightly unbelievable turns to make the story go in the direction that it needs to. For example, I’m not sure that the purpose of the note is properly explained at the end, but it did make for a gripping opening. However, they are all easily forgivable, and the more dramatic twists allowed for the story to go in a very different direction from what I was expecting. So while the person behind the murders was the last character I imagined it would be, I like how it made me hate the characters that I liked and like the characters that I originally hated.

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this book. It was my first read by Gilly Macmillan, and I’m definitely excited to read more by her.

Details:

The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan
Release Date: 3rd February 2022
Print Length: 393 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Buy on: Amazon

Synopsis:

By the time you read this, I’ll have killed one of your husbands.

In an isolated retreat, deep in the Northumbria moors, three women arrive for a weekend getaway.

Their husbands will be joining them in the morning. Or so they think.

But when they get to Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note that claims one of their husbands has been murdered. Their phones are out of range. There’s no internet. They’re stranded. And a storm’s coming in.

Friendships fracture and the situation spins out of control as each wife tries to find out what’s going on, who is responsible and which husband has been targeted.

This was a tight-knit group. They’ve survived a lot. But they won’t weather this. Because someone has decided that enough is enough.

That it’s time for a reckoning.

About The Author:

Gilly Macmillan is the Sunday Times & New York Times bestselling author of THE NANNY, WHAT SHE KNEW, THE PERFECT GIRL, ODD CHILD OUT & I KNOW YOU KNOW.

Gilly is Edgar Award nominated and an ITW award finalist. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages.

She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also lived in Northern California. She studied History of Art at Bristol University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Gilly lives in Bristol, UK with her family and writes full time. She’s currently working on her sixth novel.

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