Review: The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

Review: The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman
The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

Published by Crooked Lane Books on June 9, 2020
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Edelweiss

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I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss.

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.

Ever sit back and ask yourself, “Why exactly am I friends with these people?” Now take the uneasy feeling that thought invokes and bring it with you on a weekend girls’ trip. Once old resentments and grudges are revealed, the weekend can’t possibly end well for anyone involved.

College teacher June receives a group text inviting her and her college friends to a baby shower. The host is none other than Sadie MacTavish, a has-it-all image of perfection and children’s author (think J.K. Rowling, but richer). Sadie also happens to be June’s longtime frenemy and there’s nothing June would love more than to ignore the enthusiastic texts from her friends. But when June finds herself suddenly heartbroken and single, she decides to accept the invitation and meet up with them.

The women fall back into the old rhythm of their friendships, and it quickly becomes clear that some things haven’t changed–both good and bad. Things get even more complicated when Sadie’s husband–June’s ex-boyfriend–requests a midnight meeting, just the two of them. 

After a night of heavy drinking, the women wake the next morning to find Sadie’s mansion trashed…and Sadie is nowhere to be found. The women have no recollection of the previous night, but there are bloodstains in the house and a missing Sadie. What happened the night before? 

The Girls Weekend is atmospheric and creepy, fast-paced and twisty. It’s also reminiscent of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, another locked-room mystery that I enjoyed. The ending felt a tad rushed and I would’ve liked a few story threads to have been tightened up, but otherwise it’s a solid read that I recommend.

Rating: 4 stars


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