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The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan | Book Review

The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan
Release Date: 3rd February 2022
Publisher: Century
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Source: Publisher
Rating: ★★.5

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.

After reading The Long Weekend and one other book by Gilly Macmillan, I really don’t think she’s an
author for me. The premise of this book sounded fantastic to me, as I really enjoy thrillers about groups
of friends going away on holiday. It’s a niche I didn’t realise I loved until recently.

Unfortunately, something I really don’t like in my thrillers is a plot line that is ridiculous, verging on nonsensical. I didn’t get much out of this book because I wasn’t made to care for any of the characters –
apart from maybe Imogen – before they were thrown into the plot.

I didn’t like the setting, either, because despite what the synopsis implies, it’s barely set during the weekend away trip in the farmland. It goes back and forth between what’s happening in the barn (not
much), and what’s happening elsewhere (most of the plot).

I certainly didn’t hate The Long Weekend, but it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I feel really let down by it, and I think I might be done with this author.

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