*This is an early review. The book releases Friday, September 8th.*
The Last Weekend has an eerie feel to it. I mean, just look at that cover! It is reminiscent of old-style suspense such as Agatha Christie or Christopher Pike. The smooth and inviting style of the writing draws the reader into this delightfully creepy castle in North Carolina with an intriguing cast of characters.
A terrible accident. A killer among friends.
A woman risking everything for answers.
Every year for a decade, five college friends spent a weekend together at the atmospheric Chateau du Cygne Noir. Then, tragedy struck.
Ten years later, Laurel Muir returns to the castle for the first time since the accident, hoping to reconnect with her friends and lay the past to rest. When a murderer attacks, it rips open old wounds and forces the women to admit there’s a killer in their midst. The remaining friends make a pact to unearth the truth, but suspicion, doubt, and old secrets threaten to tear them apart. Unsure who to trust, Laurel puts herself in harm’s way, risking it all for friendship and long-delayed justice.
I started reading in the afternoon and stayed up until 2:00am to finish this, pausing only to feed my family because they insisted. (So demanding.)
The plot is well-constructed and kept me guessing. I figured it out right before the characters did and I love it when that happens!
I've seen some discussion of this book as cozy. By my definition, this absolutely is not a cozy. It's a traditional mystery/suspense. There is violence on the page (it is mildly graphic) and strong language.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to several friends who enjoy this kind of Whodunit.
My only nitpick would be this: while the characters are well-written and developed with reasonable motives and logical connections, their reactions to the situation as whole felt inauthentic. Personally, if I'm staying at a B&B and one of my friends is murdered, I'm checking out! But, the fact that they stay makes for a great read!