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The Guilt Trip

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Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ali and Will are getting married in Portugal and they have invited Will's brother Jack, his wife Rachel, her best friend Paige and her husband Noah to share a villa overlooking the sea in the lead up to the wedding. Things spiral out of control when Rachel starts thinking Jack handle had an affair with Ali and it may still be going on. 

3.5 stars

I mostly enjoyed this book as a quick and easy read. My problem with it is that if the people who knew the truth had just told the truth instead of trying to threaten others into coming clean about their indiscretions, there would have been no story. The ending and who was actually doing what with who was unexpected so it ended up being a decent book. I have read several from this author and expect that will continue.
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Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

I have loved everything Sandie Jones has written.  I was so excited to see another book by her. 

She definitely has an ability to draw the reader in. Her characters are captivating and her writing is full of twists and turns.

If you are looking for a quick read, that will make you keep guessing - then definitely grab this book!
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The guilt trip was about three different couples going away on a holiday for one of the couples weddings, only to find out there were lies and cheating etc going on behind everybody's back. The books a quick read and had a few twists and turns I didn't see right away so overall it was pretty good.

Thank you to the publisher & Netgalleyfor an arc and exchange for an honest review
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Sandie Jones does it again! This book keeps you guessing from start to finish. Jack, Rachel, Noah, and Paige have all gone to Portugal for Ali and Will's destination wedding. Noah and Rachel have been the best of friends through university, but married other people. Jack seems very annoyed by Ali yet it seems she is trying to find ways to be with him, even though she is marrying his brother Will. Is it all a front? This is just the tip of the iceberg with this story. Sandie Jones makes you feel like you are right there as one of them, and keeps things moving so you stay interested. Another winner!
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The Guilt Trip
By Sandi Jones ~ Release date 08/17/2021


I’ve read every book by Sandi Jones, and her latest is like all the others to be a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 star read
This book is full of characters, some have been friends for years and others are just meeting. But the drama starts from page one....
Ali and Will are getting married, they’ve invited just a small crew to their destination wedding. Jack and Rachel are married as are Paige and Noah. Will and Jack are brothers. And Rachel and Noah have known each other for 20+ years.  
Without giving too much away the secrets and lies that are formed in this threesome are jaw-dropping. You’ll change your mind on whom to believe several times. And you’re still left wondering at the end do I have this right? Def add this to your TBR pile in august, I read this book in 3 hours. I could not put it down! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
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Gripping, telltale story about what can go on in friendships. Was a solid read with great characters. Kept me intrigued.

Thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an early release of this book.
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Another great read  by Sandie Jones! This story kept me intrigued from the very beginning. So many twists that will keep you questioning things until the end. Highly recommend!
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To be honest I usually don’t gravitate to these types of novels. Well… Things are about to change. 

This was such a fun ride! A group of dysfunctioning, lying and manipulating friends attend a wedding in Portugal... let craziness begin.
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I am a big fan of Sandie Jones and for the most part, enjoyed her newest novel. It was suspenseful and intriguing. However, I did feel at times like I was waiting for something to happen and it had moments of being a slow-moving plot. Overall, it’s a good book but perhaps not my favorite by this author.
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Whoa! Nothing is what it seems in this twisty story! I couldn’t put it down, I even stayed up late so I could finish it. Kudos to the author, it took me forever to get everything straight in my head! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of twisty suspense. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my free arc in exchange for my honest opinion, I loved it!
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First of all, thank you so much to Minotaur Books and Sandie Jones for my copy of The Guilt Trip. It had such a fun premise and I needed a lighter domestic thriller to speed through. The book was about a group of six friends going to Portugal for a wedding weekend. They are all connected in different ways and, of course, this came with lots of drama. Each person has many secrets that they are keeping and have things they’d rather stay hidden. As it gets closer to the wedding, more and more lies start to come out.

Thoughts: I think this book started off strong and was based on an interesting premise. I knew going in this would be a much more simple domestic thriller than a complicated one, so that helped me speed through it. It was easy to like Rachel as the main character, even with her naivety. I loved the set up and felt this book had a lot of potential. The book was marketed as a “locked room style” mystery, but in fact was not. I enjoyed the misdirection and all the twists, but ultimately it was too confusing.

While the first part of the book was set up well, the second part was rushed and confusing. The author jammed in a lot of explanation in the last 20 pages that didn’t really work for me. The last two pages were supposed to reveal something but it did a poor job and left me confused. There were lots of little plot holes and things that would conveniently happen and be explained away. I thought this book could have had much more complexity but it was a bit shallow and convenient. The drama was overdone and unbelievable, but it was a quick read to distract me. I wanted to love this one, but in the end it fell flat. 3- stars.
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Are the straights okay? 

Ali and Will invite couples Rachel and Jack and Paige and Noah to a villa in Portugal for their wedding. Will and Jack are brothers. Rachel and Noah have a history but are currently best friends. Rachel is best friends with Paige. Ali used to work for Jack, which is how Will and Ali met in the first place. And Paige and Noah are really only friends with Rachel and Jack, so why were they invited to Ali and Will's wedding? 

We see everything through Rachel's point of view, and her character didn't bother that much. I think her character was pretty vanilla in general. That may be a way for readers to see themselves in Rachel's shoes easier. A 42 year old stay at home mom whose son has just left for his first year of college. She thinks she is happy and content with her life, and thinks this kind of contentment is par for the course for someone who has a child and a 20 year marriage. It isn't until she's confronted with the young 20 something fiance that she starts to question her life. 

Once I got into it, I really needed to know what happened and what secrets everyone is keeping. Between the 6 of them there were A LOT of secrets, and some of them were BIG secrets. Some secrets so big I didn't know why the characters thought staying in a house together wouldn't result in everyone's business coming out into the open. There was also a pretty big twist at the end that I didn't see coming, but I liked it. The suspense was good. It wasn't too predictable and still had some curveballs in there. I do think everyone got what deserved in the end. It may have been marketed as a murder mystery, but I think it's more of a suspense/thriller. Regardless, I would never base my review on marketing. The situation reminds me very much of The Great Gatsby. Secrets in the past, secrets in the present, and purposely inviting exes and mistresses into social situations they should not be in together for obvious reasons. 

The beginning of the book made me really angry. I did not like it started off with two women judging another woman. After finishing the book, I realized that it was just foreshadowing which characters would not come out on top at the end. So I suppose there are characters you are meant to hate straight off the bat. If that usually puts you off of a book, this might not be for you. Because I don't buy into slut shaming and talking shit about other women I don't know who have invited me to stay at a villa in Portugal for their wedding, I knew to be wary of those characters from jump.
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This one kept me hooked but it was more of a domestic "is he cheating on me or am I being crazy?" type of book until very nearly the end. The suspense is good but I wish the ending had been explained a little more instead of the reader being left to draw clues. Who else was in that car? Noah?  I mean either way Jack is a bastard. 
Thanks to Netgalley for the digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The first half of this novel definitely entertained me.  Rachel was living the life:  stay at home mom to Josh, beloved wife of Jack, and best friend to Noah and his wife, Paige.  Maybe this was not the reaction the author was aiming for, but I had quite a few chuckles over Rachel's tortured suspicions  and  "head in the sand" coping mechanisms.  Rachel was not evil or conniving - she, like so many before her,  chose the safer path in love and wanted to maintain the status quo, even if she had to delude herself Jack was indeed  the faithful and loving husband she had "settled" for.

This is a thriller, so, of course, nothing is as it seems.  I actually didn't blame Rachel for marrying Jack and having no faith in Noah's declarations of love, because, as she reminded him,  Noah used to brag about his conquests to Rachel all the time.  Who can blame her for mistrusting his feelings for her when he finally got up the nerve to confess them to her?  This part of the plot reminded me so much of the British TV series Lovesick, which I thoroughly  enjoyed because some of the characters and scenes in that series were  HILARIOUS!  Daniel Ings and Yasmine Akron had me rolling on the floor with laughter.  So good!  

But I digress!  The second half of the novel needed a bit more tightening up, and I felt that the ending was a bit confusing.  There was an item that helped convict the murderer which shows up in the last scenes of this story.  And I still can't figure out the "why" and relevance of it showing up like that.  This was one of the weakest elements of this story.  And did I guess the twist?  I don't see how anyone could NOT have seen that one coming, so I read on and was not disappointed.  The ending did disappoint me somewhat, though, because even then the author was busy misdirecting our attention and pulling little "surprise" hat tricks on us.  I was anticipating rating this one a 4 out of 5 based on the first half of the story, but I kept coming up with so many holes in this mystery after I had turned the last page that I reduced my rating  to a 3.4.  I get that it is hard to maintain the same level of enthusiasm for a story right to the very end, but the second half of the story needed serious editing.  Still, it was a great and entertaining read, and I might search out the series  Lovesick and give it another watch!

N.B.:  The Portuguese dialogue/conversations at the destination wedding location were spot on!  Well done!

My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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Two couples travel to a wedding. Both couples are hiding things and the couple getting married are also hiding secrets. Put all of these secrets in a blender, add a little closeness caused by staying in a house together, add a hefty dose of alcohol and you have a great beach book.
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I became a fan of this author a few years ago, when I read a couple of her other books. Just like her other books, this book did not disappoint! Several friends take a trip to attend a friend's wedding. Things turn sour very quickly. Are they actually friend's or enemies in disguise?  This very suspenseful page turner of who did what to whom will leave you guessing to the very last page! What a nail biter! I could not put it down! Thanks for another great book, Sandie Jones!
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DNF @11% sorry I just could not connect to the characters and the style of dialogue between them. Thank you for the ARC.
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Wow! Sandie Jones simply does not disappoint!  I started reading her latest novel The Guilt Trip and could not put it down!  I finished this gem in two sittings because I just had to see how it ended!!  I was on the hook from the beginning and I had about a half a dozen conspiracy theories—if I am being honest I wasn’t able to crack the case lol!  The twists and turns were plentiful and extremely well placed—love that!!  The Guilt Trip is the perfect summer read!  I am already looking forward to the next Sandie Jones’s next novel—if you haven’t gotten a chance to read Sandie, I highly recommend ALL of her books!
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I really wanted to love this one - a thriller at a wedding in an exotic location? Count me in! I had heard it compared to The Guest List, which I was a big fan of, so I was excited to get into this. Unfortunately, though, this one fell flat for me. There was a lot of build-up for very little action - I kept waiting for it to pick up, but nothing really happened until about 80-85% into the book. I don't even know that I would really categorize this as a thriller - it's mostly examining the drama and relationships between the 6 main characters with one horrific event towards the end. It also felt like, for as long as it took for the action to build up, it finished incredibly quickly. That being said, I did think that it was very well-written, and the characters were all complex. I think a more accurate comparison would be to Jane Harper's The Survivors and would recommend to those looking for a slow burn with a focus on interpersonal relationships and drama.
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Super excited to start this and it didn't disappoint.  Could not put it down. Great thriller, kept me guessing the whole time. Definitely recommend for any mystery lover.
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