The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson was a complete surprise for me. It was a strong thriller that was hard to put down. At a little over 300 pages it seemed to just fly by.
Orla and Kate have been friends for 20+ years. They haven’t been together for a while since Orla had a baby. To reconnect they decide to go away for a girls weekend to Lisbon. Orla really doesn’t want to leave her baby but she knows that it will be good to get away with Kate. Kate has always been a fun party girl and know doubt has a weekend of fun planned.
The first night there Kate convinces Orla to go to dinner and then to a club. At the club Kate picks up two good looking men and invites them back to their Airbnb. Orla is angry, she is married and doesn’t want strange men to come to their house but Kate doesn’t care what Orla wants.
The next morning Orla wakes up fully clothed with a strange taste in her mouth. She realizes she had too much to drink but she feels like she might have been drugged. As she goes to find Kate she realizes Kate is gone. Her clothes are all there but her purse and phone aren’t. Orla’s recollection of what happened is pretty fuzzy but she tries to retrace their steps. Eventually, she goes to the police but they seem to blow her off and don’t take it seriously. Young girls are always having a good time in Lisbon and eventually come back after they sober up.
Finally the police take her seriously and Orla becomes the number one suspect in Kate’s disappearance. The police won’t let her leave town, the creepy landlord kicks her out of the Airbnb they rented and the only person who wants to help her is the Uber driver that drove them around the first night. Her husband comes but can’t stay to help because he has to get back to the baby.
This is a novel of betrayals and lies with some great twists and turns. I definitely didn’t see the end coming! This is an entertaining and fast read leaving you asking the question, "How well do you really know your best friend?"
Availability: eBook in cloudLibrary Rating: **** Stars (I really liked it) Reviewer: Laura, Library Director
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GENRE: Thrillers and Suspense
LOCATION: Lisbon, Portugal
SUBJECT: Best Friends; British in Portugal; Fear; Female Friendship; Missing Women; Partying; Searching; Threat; Vacations
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