Title: The Girls Weekend
Author: Jody Gehrman
Publication: August 11, 2020
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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 copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman was to follow a group of college friends who get together to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a baby one is about to have. The issue was that none of them really get along as a whole anymore. A few get along, but all together… not a chance.
I had high hopes for this novel. I was expecting intrigue and a “Clue” like game of who did it. While I got the guessing game of who did it, the style of the book was not what I was expecting. While the story was good, some of the behavior was… strange. For people who were not likely to ALL be guilty, they all acted insanely guilty. They made poor decisions that I would like to believe most sane people wouldn’t make. It had a cheesy element to it.
That is not to say I didn’t like the story. The overall story was good and the ending was a bit of a twist. It took me a while to work out who was guilty and who wasn’t. I didn’t love most of the characters. I really only liked the main character June and even she annoyed me at times. I think this book had more potential that went unfulfilled, but I still enjoyed it.
I encourage everyone to pick up their own copy and make their own opinions. I do plan on picking up more from author Jody Gehrman in the future.
STAR RATING: 3/5
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