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The Weekend Escape

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Good thriller and a "Who Done it" book.  Friends come together for a climb and relaxation.  But there is a killer among them, and things seem to unravel fast.  
I had a difficult time for the first few chapters connecting to the characters.  I would have like just a little background prior to the climb, to make relating to them and keeping track of them easier.  That being said, overall a great read.  Lots of twists and turns.  
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Such a great story with so much going on! I suspected the culprit then changed my mind but was absolutely gripped to know what was happening.
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A gripping story, to some extent the classic, a group of friends, stuck together in an isolated place, and one is intent on killing them all off. However, this differed from the “norm”. The setting was different, the purpose of the weekend was very unusual, a group of women getting together for a climbing and activity break, and the characters were intriguing. The main character was a bit of an enigma, and none were stereotypical. Thrown into the mix was the mystery of what had happened to their teenage friend. Was it a sinister plot of a tragic accident? Definitely a page turner.
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A good debut novel by Rakie Bennett. It was a real page turner with action from the very start to the very end. My main issue is that there wasn't a lot of lead up to the action, which left a lot of characters feeling very flat until later on. I struggled to connect with any of them not knowing their backstory, or their relationships, or anything about them.
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A fast read. Full of action and suspense. A bunch of friends in an isolated island during a bad storm. What could go wrong? Apparently everything. 

Thank you NetGalley for this arc
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A deserted island, a vicious storm, a murderer amongst friends. 
That sounds like a book right up my alley! I love locked-room style mysteries, and this one did not disappoint. 

Six friends reunite for a fun weekend of abseiling and rock climbing on Shell Island. Unfortunately for them, things start to go wrong from the beginning when one friend gets hurt in a fall. Things go from bad to worse when they realize the radio is broken and a storm is threatening to cut them off from the mainland. Is someone intentionally sabotaging their trip? The higher the stakes, the more the friends start to turn on each other and reveal their real reasons for escaping to this island. 
A lot of secrets-and blood-will be spilled before this weekend is over. 

This book was so much fun to read! There are six characters, which can get confusing, but they all had distinctive personalities and agendas that made them easy to distinguish. And they all had motive, which made it interesting in trying to determine which one was the murderer. There was also some really funny one-liners throughout the book that added some comic relieve. For example: "I'm pretty sure this is a hospital. I mean, if it's not, I've got queries...about the catheter, in particular." Maybe it's just my weird sense of humor, but this book had me cracking up a few times. Additionally, I enjoyed the ending. It was a bit ambiguous, which left me thinking about this book long after I had finished it. 

If your a fan of locked-room mysteries, definitely give this one a read. 

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This isn't an original story. It was easy to predict what was going on and why, so if you've read a lot of thrillers and are expecting something groundbreaking,  you won't find it here. 

However, it is exceptionally well executed and thoroughly enjoyable, so you forgive its many flaws. The ending was a nice little touch.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC without publication.
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Thank you to NetGalley and One More Chapter for an eARC of The Weekend Escape prior to pub day on October 8th! 3.5/5 stars.

This is a solid, well written who-dun-it with lots of twists and turns. If you like a locked room mystery (or island), you're in for a treat with this one. 

For the first half I was confused about which character was who, but was able to keep track in the last half. I guessed the ending, but it was well-done and wrapped up nicely.
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The storms and relations that developed when the 'friends' arrived for their adventure weekend was gripping. Ten years since the accident who was to blame. Who may die and who will survive? Intriguing until the end.
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This book is full of twists and turns, and surprises around every corner. The characters are skillfully drawn and remain quite memorable long after the unexpected conclusion.
Brilliantly written, that kept me hooked from the first page. At times I just couldn’t read quick enough to find out what was going to happen next.
Full marks go to R Bennett
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3.5 stars 

A claustrophobic and oppressive mystery with our protagonists trapped on a deserted island. The group of friends at the reunion is cleverly described with tensions and history shared between them. The ominous weather together with the unreliable narration of Lindsay creates a chilling atmosphere.
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A weekend escape? A lovely time out with friends? Beautiful scenery? If you think this is going to be a cosy 'famous five' mystery then you are mistaken! A dark thriller with people you will not want to get to know. This book will grip you and have you thinking about your own friendships and how you too would cope. 
I love books set in the UK, especially coastal locations. I realise that this one is fictional but it has all the markings and elements of a British island and that for me made it all the more thrilling as this was not set in some exotic TV reality isle in warm sunshine and tropical seas. 
Well written, it builds well and keeps you guessing through out.  If you like a good thriller with a great dose of human psychology thrown in then this is for you!
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A group of friends from high school, who have drifted apart in the last ten years, get together for a weekend escape of climbing and adventure on a deserted island two miles off the coast. The weather forecast is bleak with a storm on the horizon. They abseil down a cliff where one of the girls falls and badly hurts her ankle. There is one other inhabitant on the island, a bird researcher, Marne, who spends some months of the year checking nests etc. The girls find the very basic accommodation less than pleasing and a few of them regret their decision to come. Then one of the girls goes missing.

We do get an insight into each of the girl's character and the descriptions of the landscape are vivid as the plot unfolds. Unfortunately the who and why is quite ludicrous and spoils what could have been an excellent read.
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Wow what a terrific read.Picked it up to read a few pages could not put it down.So many twits and turns so tense.Will be recommending the book and the author.#netgalley #the weekendescape
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I am so conflicted on this book right now! It started off a bit slow but built up speed and interest quick enough. The intrigue wasn’t in the characters really, to be honest none of them were likable. They were all supposed to be 6 best friends but they sounded like obnoxious high school girls who picked on eachother in an unfriendly manner. I quickly put together the guilty party and what was going on by halfway through but I was still pulled in by the writing. It was written well and didn’t drag through but just the substance of it wasn’t the best. I don’t mean for this to sound negative it was a good read that was engaging until the end. Just when I thought ok we made it we figured this out it ends like THAT. It left such a bitter taste in my mouth. 

6 girls head out to the cliffs to reminisce the old days of when they would hang and climb together. The story opens up with Lyndsey in the hospital claiming all her friends are dead and the story begins on what really happened. From the start a lot goes wrong and people point fingers at eachother and secrets come to surface as they always do. 

It was a well written intriguing read but it fell short in the ending for me as well as the characters connection. I do recommend for a quick read and especially if you’re new to the genre. 3.5 stars for me. 

Thank you to Harper Collins for the arc in exchange for my honest review!
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I love novels based on And then there were none, and this one was good. I saw the twist coming, but I liked the tension and the setting, I will be reading more books by this author for sure.
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I could not put the Weekend Escape down and devoured it in one sitting,

I love novels that are set in a locked environment, like a castle or an island. It makes it all feel so much more creepy and dark!

The Weekend Escape is amazing and a must read
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Lyndsey and her five friends head to isolated Shell Island for a weekend retreat filled with adventure and an opportunity to rekindle old friendships.  What they get instead is primitive conditions, perilous storms, and a series of accidents… or is there a murderer amongst them? 

Rakie Bennett definitely has a way with words.  The setting for this “locked room” mystery was very well done; I could perfectly picture the desolate, dangerous landscape and vicious storms that provide the backdrop to this atmospheric thriller.  The characterization doesn’t quite live up to the same standard.  The six women and their friendships aren’t clearly fleshed out, with some characters’ voices feeling interchangeable and the relationships feeling shallow.  As an avid reader of this genre, I was able to guess the perp and their motivation fairly early on, but it was still a good read with some twists and red herrings thrown in.

All in all, “The Weekend Escape” is a solid debut effort, and I look forward to more books from this promising author.  Many thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, for providing me an advance copy of this book.
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I really loved this novel ‘The weekend escape’ by Rakie Bennett, i’ve been so busy with work i finally managed to sit down and i consumed the whole book in a matter of hours, it was so hard to put down. Such good twists and turns, i love how each character was portrayed. It has a creepy atmosphere where the six friends have decided to stay but that is something which i love in books. It had the right amount of suspense, twists and turns but also the feeling of being on the edge of your seats. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to fellow book readers. 5*
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Definitely a must read! I started this with no expectations and found myself immediately taken in. I didn’t want to put it down. The varied characters and their individual life stories were all very intriguing. Rakie Bennett’s very effective use of descriptive writing techniques makes for a in a fast paced, bone chilling adventure. You won’t see the twists and turns coming.
Thank you to OneMoreChapter (HarperCollins), NetGalley and author, Rakie Bennett, for the opportunity to enjoy this ARC.
I’m anxious to read Bennett’s other books.
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