It’s a pleasure to take part in the Blogtour The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan.
About the Author
Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-nominated author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl, Odd Child Out, The Nanny and To Tell You the Truth. She grew up in Swindon and studied at Bristol University and The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has worked at the Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery and has been a lecturer in photography. She now writes full-time and lives in Bristol. Follow @GillyMacmillan on Twitter, Visit gillymacmillan.com
About the book
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 storms 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.
Three couples have planned a retreat together in the middle of nowhere. No neighbours, no internet and depending on the weather it’s a bit like being the last people on earth. Plans change and six become three, three women thrown together by nothing other than the fact their partners are best friends, so spending the weekend together could go both ways.
They expect awkward moments, what they don’t expect is for the weekend to start of with a life or death scenario. A scenario they can do nothing about, because they are not only isolated – they are also more or less stuck. The beginning of a nightmare, with the kind of revelations that can destroy lives.
It’s a well executed domestic psychological thriller, which starts off with the revelation of who is pulling the strings when it comes to this dark plot. The author gives it a cat and mouse feel, and then throws a spanner in the wheel. In fact the unknown variables add to the isolation, the darkness and fear that grows as the women in the midst of it all become more desperate.
It’s a read that weaves the complicated interactions between thrown together friendship groups with the tense build-up of a psychological thriller, so the best of both genres.