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great plot with realistic characterization and entertainment value. The plot moves at a fast pace and is combined with a writing style that provides vivid mental pictures of the characters and settings without being overly tedious. I enjoyed the book and rate it 4 out of 5 stars due to the issues I mentioned above. I recommend the book to those who enjoy intense reads and aren't bothered by detestable characters and violence.

Thank you NetGalley and (publisher) for the opportunity to read this arc. All opinions are my own.

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I loved this book! I was genuinely petrified of all of the characters (which is very rare for me when reading!) - I loved how it was through Emma’s eyes and the way she experienced and wrote everything. The epilogue was incredible and so haunting.

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lots of twists in this book and great detail in the scenery so it was easy imagine everything. Really enjoyed and the plot. edge of the seat thriller.

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I got this book from Netgalley. This was an okay book. Follows the story of a journalist whom goes on a vacation with rich celebrity icons, as a job. It was not as exciting as I would have liked. It wasn't bad though. I enjoyed it enough that I will recommend it to certain audiences. The ending was surprising but it did not have as many twists as I like in a psychological thriller. I feel that there could have been more to keep me interested or put me on the edge of my seat. I also believe that it could have ended with more of how it started instead of how it did really end. Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the chance to read this and as well as the author for getting it on Netgalley. I am greatful to be a reader for you :)

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twisty and engaging! had me hooked on from beginning to end! and with that epilogue im absolutely shook along with all expectations of any future detective work out the window! loved loved loved this!

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Thank you Netgalley for letting me read the ARC of this book!

I decided to not finish this book. The characters and the setting felt very stereotypical at times, and the story gave me heavy Wattpad vibes as well. That is something I usually don't prefere in my books. But if you like an easy and fast read where such things doesn't matter to you, then this is the right book for you!

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Enjoyed the story kept me gripped likable characters a few twists and guessing
The atmosphere The book cover pulled it all together

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An exclusive invitation to a luxurious island resort should be the holiday of a lifetime for Emma. But beneath the lavish settings and indulgent amenities, lies a sinister plot waiting to be uncovered.

Emma's boss, Rebecca, gifted her the ticket to Hotel Horizen's grand opening, but Emma has her own agenda - to write a tell-all article about the rich and famous guests. Little did she know, this weekend would become a nightmare she never could have imagined.

As she delves deeper into the secrets of the elite, Emma realises she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Will she uncover the truth and make her mark as a journalist, or will she become the next victim in this twisted game of power and deception?

Holy plot twists. SM Thomas knocked this book out of the park. From start to finish, I was enthralled with Emma's story. Cannot wait to read more from the author.

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I thought I had this all figured out.... until I didn't.

Long Weekend

Im sure you have read a similar description before, "a mysterious invitation to an exclusive and luxurious island". I promise you, you will be wrong. Long Weekend, is like nothing I have ever read before and being a self proclaimed thriller book lover enthusiast, I have read them all.

The twists felt like whiplash, coming in faster than I could anticipate.

Secrets, lies, deceit...

This book has it all.

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An exclusive invitation to a luxurious island resort should be the holiday of a lifetime for Emma. But beneath the lavish settings and indulgent amenities, lies a sinister plot waiting to be uncovered.

Emma's boss, Rebecca, gifted her the ticket to Hotel Horizen's grand opening, but Emma has her own agenda - to write a tell-all article about the rich and famous guests. Little did she know, this weekend would become a nightmare she never could have imagined.

As she delves deeper into the secrets of the elite, Emma realises she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Will she uncover the truth and make her mark as a journalist, or will she become the next victim in this twisted game of power and deception?

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3.75 stars

Not quite what I expected, but in a pleasantly surprising kind of way. I always like a good thriller that’s set in an isolated area, and this one definitely fit that description. I’m glad I requested it.

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Thank you for this advance copy. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me up all night reading, I just could not stop!

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I have not read the vacation-gone-wrong trope before and I found it very interesting. This book truly had me left in the dark until the end, I didn’t know what to expect.

This book is from the perspective of Emma’s journal of the weekends accounts and you really got to know her and try piece everything together with her. It’s about a long weekend stay at a super fancy resort set on a small private island.

You get to know the characters but Emma still is an outsider and left in the dark. She only knows what she knows by doing her research and using her smarts.

There was definitely an ominous vibe about the island when she arrives as everyone kept saying she should not be there setting the tone that she was to witness bad things.

I could truly not figure out who was behind the whole ordeal as there was always a piece of the story that did not add up. Once you read the ending it all made sense. My thoughts trying to figure things out kept me second guessing who I thought it was so it kept me intrigued and fascinated with the book.

I did not really like any of the characters too much as Emma couldn’t figure things out and kept seconding guessing herself. I guess she became the most human of the group who showed the most emotions. She didn’t want to make any wrong choices. I wish we got to hear her side of the story at the very end to see what she was thinking about again.

I didn’t like how the person responsible ended up getting away with everything and then running.

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this arc. All opinions are my own.

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3.0 stars!

Emma is just like you and me, stuck in a boring job with an unbearable boss...until this boss offers her the trip of a lifetime. Honestly, I would have done the same as Emma and grabbed those tickets! However, cannot say I'm that envious of her by the end of the book :(

From the beginning we are in Emma's perspective, who is interesting but loved to remind us of her 'poorness' compared to those around her. I don't think I was the biggest fan, being stuck in only Emma's POV and this may be due to me not loving her. I would have really loved to see into the minds of the others, just for variety.

I enjoyed the pacing of this book and how it kept me on my toes and kept me guessing till the last second. It is such a fast read that I read it in about 3 sittings (definitely could have done it in one if I had the time)! Overall, I enjoyed the 'eat the rich' plot and setting along with the plot which really unravelled in the epilogue (not sure if I was a huge fan of this).

I would recommend this book if you enjoy the film Glass Onion and need a thriller for a long car/plane ride.

Thank you to NetGalley and S.M. Thomas for this copy of Long Weekend!

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This book is told in a unique way. The first chapter is a letter from Emma’s attorney stating that this is the first and only time Emma will tell her story. It started off the book with me wondering what happened to Emma and why was her attorney sending this out? Was Emma in jail, on trial, or accused of something? It started the book on a mysterious tone.

The story that follows is a locked room thriller with famous people visiting a pre opening of a new hotel. When the first body is found things quickly change. I loved the fast pace of this book and the constant guessing of what was going to happen next and who was behind it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves books that keep you guessing until the very last page!

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This book kept me intrigued the whole time . Every time I thought I knew who had done it, the book would take a turn and I was back to square one. The epilogue wrapped the book up nicely and left me shocked. If you enjoy a good psychological thriller this is the book for you. Many thanks to NetGalley for this advanced read.

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Journalist Emma was sent by her boss Rebecca, taking her place at the last minute on an exclusive long weekend trip to an island resort. Four famous people will be there, the only other guests. Weather problems keep them on the island while they are being killed off one by one by one of the five guests.

The situation was scary, as were the deaths. Emma tries to find out what's going on, being told that she shouldn't have been there, as she was an unvited. unexpected person taking the place of her boss who should have been on the weekend trip instead.

What puzzled me was the absence of the restaurant and resort staff, except for one or two of them, who should have noticed something was off, when the guests started avoiding and being suspicious and scared of each other. And obviously they were not going to the dining room to have their meals, etc.

I feel as if I missed something, or the book lacked credibility and details that would pull the plot tighter.

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Personally, I love a mystery/thriller set on an island or any similar isolated place. That's why I was curious to read this one.
It has a retreat on an island, rich shady people and a lot of mystery. I should have loved it.
I didn't.
Honestly, I don't have any strong criticism or reservations. I simply didn't care about the protagonist, who is someone who lies about who they are in order to be at that place among famous and rich people, or the rest of the cast of characters.
I did enjoy the ambience but other than that, I thought it was all just fine. I wasn't impressed by the twists or the conclusion.
Maybe I've already read too many books on that genre and with that trope?
I'm sure readers with a little less experience with that trope might enjoy this book a lot more.
Nothing essentialy wrong with it. Just not one of my favourites.
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a free eARC of this book.

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What the heck did I just read? Sure, this was obviously going to be a locked room mystery. Sure, after the first murder, everyone became a suspect. But then it turned to something even more of a widespread panic, as if there was a mad gunman or terrorist group attacking anyone and everyone. The witty and cleverness that made a locked room mystery so much fun to read became less and less entertaining, it became more tedious to get through to the end. I had fun reading this, though, it just seemed to dragged out once the book turned it into an attack to the whole resort rather than figuring out little by little who was the ultimate villain in all of this. Even though it was an interesting turn of event, that was when it took a while to really get into it. It was as if the car slowed down and it puttered to the end when it was going along just fine.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

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Long Weekend is a story about Emma, whose millionaire boss gives her a ticket to the opening weekend of an uber exclusive resort on a private island. It seems like a dream come true, until it isn't...
One by one, the guests begin to get killed off. Who is behind it? Who's next?!
The story is told through Emma's journal that she kept throughout the ordeal. Emma is a bit wishy washy, trusting a person one minute, doubting them the next. But I suppose that would be understandable under the circumstance, she doesn't know who is behind it all.
Someone must be the master planner, pulling all the strings. But who? All the other guest on the island are rich and famous, mostly celebrities. Her childhood crush included, the rich and famous actor Robert Castro. Then there is Penny Atwell, the famous talk show host, and Fiona Appleton, a rich businesswoman who has taken over the family business. Also a well known social media influencer, and a dirty ex-politician. Is it one of them, or the people who are running the hotel.
The stakes get higher and higher, and it becomes all out survival of the fittest.
Will Emma survive? Will the others? She dreams about the future with her new "friends", but she has no way of knowing if it will come to fruition.
The story seems to end with the end of Emma's journal, which is really no ending at all - we don't know if she survived, but there has been no trace of her once the police and FBI finally got to the island.
And then there is the epilogue, keeping you gussing until they very last sentence, when all is revealed and you found out who was behind it all, and why.
A fairly quick and easy read, so there's that. A lot of incosistencies in the book, and a lot of wishy-washy emotions with Emma.
It was ok. And even 3.

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Six individuals are invited to enjoy a weekend on a private island to celebrate Hotel Horizen resort's grand opening. These individuals are not your average folk- Fiona Appleton's family owns the largest money printing press in the world, Robert Castro is a famous actor, hailing from a family of famous actors, Lucas Jones is the most watched person on the internet, Penny Atwell made her name as the most successful tv host, Michael Samson, a politician, and Rebecca Marsh, who comes from money. When Rebecca isn't able to attend, she gifts her employee, Emma Jones with the invitation to go in her place. Emma is excited by this opportunity, because not only would she never be able to afford something of this expense, but she sees it as the perfect opportunity to kickstart her career as a journalist. She has a plan to write about the lifestyle divide between those with wealth & those without, the difference between the rich and poor.
When Emma arrives at Hotel Horizen, all is not what it seems. Suspicions arise almost the second she steps foot on the resort, and things really start taking a turn when people start dropping like flies.
This was a really enjoyable book, with twists that'll leave you questioning a different potential killer each time! I suspected the killer correctly early on in the book, however the very end had my jaw drop! Completely nutty, but I loved it!

Thank you NetGalley, BooksGoSocial, and SM Thomas for this thrilling read!

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