The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson @sarahalderson

Delighted to be sharing my review today of The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson! And at time of posting this is 99p for the ebook over on Amazon UK!

Two friends go on holiday. Only one comes back.

If you loved The Holiday, get ready for your new obsession…

Orla and Kate have been best friends forever. Together they’ve faced it all – be it Orla’s struggles as a new mother or Kate’s messy divorce. And whatever else happens in their lives, they can always look forward to their annual weekend away.

This year, they’re off to Lisbon: the perfect flat, the perfect view, the perfect itinerary. And what better way to kick things off in style than with the perfect night out?

But when Orla wakes up the next morning, Kate is gone. Brushed off by the police and with only a fuzzy memory of the night’s events, Orla is her friend’s only hope. As she frantically retraces their steps, Orla makes a series of shattering discoveries that threaten everything she holds dear. Because while Lisbon holds the secret of what happened that night, the truth may lie closer to home…

Sarah Aldersons last book appeared in my top 20 books of 2019 list and I am thrilled to announce that I’m pretty sure The Last Weekend will be making an appearance on this years list! What a book! I knew I would probably love it as I have loved her last 2 books but it really did blow me away! The plot was pitch perfect, the setting was beautifully presented giving a great sense of place and it had realistically portrayed untrustworthy characters. I was hooked from the blurb to be honest but once I started reading it there was no way this book was leaving my hands!

We all have that friend don’t we? The one we let our guard down with and who we trust with our deepest feelings and secrets. These are the friends we spend our much valued free time with and so it was understandable that Orla and her best friend Kate decide to go away to Lisbon for a girly weekend when things have been strained for them both. Kate is getting divorced and Orla is struggling to deal with motherhood so a Portuguese weekend should do them both the world of good. But after their first night there, Orla wakes up to discover Kate missing. What follows is a desperate race against time to find Kate, who’s secrets are all about to come tumbling out…

The Weekend Away is the PERFECT beach read (or back garden read if you’re having a chilled staycation this year!) as it contains all you need for a gripping psychological thriller. The glamorous city of Lisbon, with its seedy underbelly, was the perfect location for the Airbnb apartment rented by Kate and Orla who’s relationship has become strained over the last few years due to their differing lifestyles. I was kept on the edge of my seat by the direction the storyline took as I was never quite sure if it was going to flip on its head, do a 360 or throw in a twist I wasn’t expecting! You’ll need to read it yourself to find out if it did!

This book really did it for me and I know I will buy Sarah Alderson’s next book now as I trust her to deliver my perfect type of psychological thriller. Her books are clever, compelling reads that are pure escapism from the real world and who doesn’t want a couple of hours away from 2020!

Highly recommended by me!

Sarah is a British born, LA based screenwriter and author.
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and toddler daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.
Her first psychological thriller, FRIENDS LIKE THESE, was out in December 2018, published by Mulholland Books.
Her books have appeared in translation in Germany, Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Poland.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter (@sarahalderson)

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.