Book Review: The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan

Book Review: The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan

I received a free copy of The Long Weekend from the publisher, all opinions are my own.


Three couples

Two bodies

One secret

Dark Fell Barn is a “perfectly isolated” retreat, or so says its website when Jayne books a reservation for her friends. A quiet place, far removed from the rest of the world, is exactly what they need.

The women arrive for a girls’ night ahead of their husbands. There’s ex-Army Jayne, hardened and serious, but also damaged. Ruth, the driven doctor and new mother who is battling demons of her own. Young Emily, just wed and insecure, the newest addition of this tight-knit band. Missing this year is Edie, who was the glue holding them together, until her husband died suddenly.

But what they hoped would be a relaxing break soon turns to horror. Upon arrival at Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note claiming one of their husbands will be murdered. There are no phones, no cell service to check on their men. Friendships fracture as the situation spins wildly out of control. Betrayal can come in many forms.

This group has kept each other’s secrets for far too long.

My Review:

The Long Weekend is one of the twistiest thrillers I have read in a long time. And it wasn’t just one big bang at the end: there were twists sprinkled all throughout that had me audibly saying “Whaaaat?”

What starts as a very atmospheric long weekend vacation in a remote countryside location turns into a very tense situation with the arrival of a threatening note. But then the backstory builds for each character until you are constantly suspecting everyone, and the finally outcome is downright scary. This is one of those kind of reviews that is hard to write for fear of giving too much away because the book is just that dynamic!

While it did start to feel a little drawn out in the middle, I don’t feel like it made me enjoyed it less, and I will be looking for more from Macmillan in the future! The format of this one might also be a little different for some, although it didn’t bother me once I got into it: There are no chapters. The book is just sectioned off by days in the long weekend. There are spaces between short chunks of text as the POV changes. It really did not bother me once I got used to it, but I thought I would put that out there.

Overall, a very solid and well done thriller! I highly recommend it!