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  • A thrilling twisty thriller

    For most of us looking back on our university days (if you went that is), it brings back fond memories where your biggest worry was passing your next exam. For Louise though, receiving an invite to her university friend Amy’s party, fills her with dread. It seems that Amy is planning less of a birthday party and more of a reunion designed to uncover the truth of what happened to Hannah. Can Louise face the place and the people that still haunt her memories and is she really ready to learn the truth of what really happened to Hannah? I loved the sinister plot which immediately captured my attention. Lesley Sanderson does a great job involving the reader and she had me on the edge of my seat, trapped in the pages, also in search of the truth. The characters are well fleshed out and are pivotal in their role in the story. Each had me second guessing them, as Lesley Sanderson messed with my head and planted the seeds of doubt. I enjoyed how the book was structured, told from predominantly Louise’s point of view, that also includes newspaper articles that are scattered throughout relating to Hannah’s disappearance and subsequent death. Lesley Sanderson has fast become an author that I get excited about when I hear she has a new book coming out. I have connected with her writing and her way of storytelling and her books are always enjoyable and entertaining reads. I look forward to reading what she comes up with for us next. The Birthday Weekend is a thrilling and twisty read that tinkles the mind and encapsulates everything I love and look for in a psychological thriller. It was a pleasure to read and review The Birthday Weekend, which I highly recommend.

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  • Secrets, twists and turns

    The Birthday Weekend is an entertaining read that will keep you turning the pages. A reunion of 4 women is about to take place in a locale where the 5th member of their group met her untimely death. Not surprisingly you just know this wont go well . There are always secrets . Secrets have a way of getting out. What really happened to Hannah? Who is hiding the biggest secret of all? It is always a fun read to try and figure it out. I quite enjoyed The Birthday Weekend and will certainly check out Lesley Sanderson's other books.

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  • Fun, fast-paced thriller

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I kept telling myself, "if this is the big twist, I've had it figured out and that would be lame." Well, this book took the obvious twist and twisted that and the ending was perfect. The suspense all-throughout made it extremely hard to put this book down and the writing style as well as a lack of any errors made it a very smooth read. I think this is the first NetGalley ARC that I have read that didn't have any mistakes that I picked up, so I have to give props for that!

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  • How Bad Can One Weekend Be?

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this advance reader's copy of The Birthday Weekend by Lesley Sanderson. The Birthday Weekend centers on a group of formerly close-knit friends gathering to celebrate a birthday. The fact that the group hasn't spent any time together as a whole since college is one reason for the gathering. The other is to remember and discuss the member of their group who committed suicide in their senior year of college. They all have questions for each other. Will they like what they hear when they finally start asking each other the things that they have been afraid to ask? You'll have to read The Birthday Weekend to find out! I really liked The Birthday Weekend and read it in less than twenty-four hours, which considering how busy I am right now, is really saying something. The plot felt familiar but also different enough to keep me engrossed. The twist at the end was not what I was expecting, which is exactly how you want books like The Birthday Weekend to end! You won't regret giving The Birthday Weekend a try!

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  • Interesting plot and characters

    The Birthday Weekend (originally titled Our Little Secret) by Lesley Sanderson is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Amy, having just survived from a cancer scare,  is having a reunion of her old friends in a cottage she just inherited from her aunt.  It is close to the college that they all attended.  Louise, however, is not keen on attending, and neither are Kat nor Daisy, and Daisy's husband Sam wants no part of it either.   It is too close to where their friend Hannah went missing, and her body found in the woods.  Her death was ruled a suicide, but that may be wrong. The six were once close, but things changed, and when Hannah died, they changed more. They all have secrets about that time in their lives, and they all have guilt.  A game of truth or dare sends everyone spiralling. My Opinions:    Well, that was a pleasant surprise.  It was an interesting tale of friendship, love, obsession, secrets, lies and deceit.  Everyone had a secret, some buried real deep. Even knowing that they had secrets, I found myself liking a number of the characters,  and disliking a few immediately.  Turned out I was correct in my assumptions, although the motive behind the death had escaped me.  The author wrote believable characters, and that made the book feel real.  I can see college students going their separate ways and trying to ignore a horrendous event.  I can see it weighing them down, too. I liked the setting of a cottage on the edge of the woods, and I liked the plot.   I think the pace was a little slow at the beginning, but it certainly picked up speed. Anyway, overall, this was a good book.  Maybe not quite a 4 star, but close enough. I will continue to read this author's books, because they keep improving.

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