The Long Weekend by Jane E. James

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Book Description:

A remote lighthouse. A divided family. A chilling secret.

Making sandcastles has never been so dangerous…

Hazel Ladd has spent her life hiding the love she feels for one of her daughters and disguising the hatred she feels for the other. After fifteen years apart they all meet up for a long weekend. Hazel’s guilty secret is finally torn from her and the long-anticipated reunion ends in disaster.

All she’d ever tried to do was protect her daughters from the truth…

Set against the haunting backdrop of a wintry Norfolk coastline and a remote lighthouse that overlooks the bleak North Sea, this is a disturbing portrayal of a deeply complex mother with a secretive past, whose longed-for reunion with her two estranged daughters is not all it seems…

My Thoughts:

The Long weekend started off like it’s a story of a family drama/saga, which to a certain degree it is, but then it is also something way darker and disturbing than that.

It’s quite obvious that there is a secret that divides Hazel and her two daughters and I was dying to find out what it was. The author slowly reveals just what has made this family fall apart, I have to admit to finding it frustrating at times as I really wanted to know and I hated waiting but boy is it worth the wait when it all becomes clear.

Even from the start I didn’t like Hazel and by the end I hated the person she was. Knowing what goes off in her head is not a pretty sight what so ever and I just couldn’t relate to the woman at all and was shocked as well as appalled in how she treats her nearest and dearest.

This is one messed up and dysfunctional family. To be honest I didn’t really like any of the main characters to start with but as the story goes on I couldn’t help but feel empathy for the two daughters.

With an eerie setting, The Long Weekend is a haunting and disturbing read that at times was quite an uncomfortable read. With a slowish start the story really picks up momentum, which the further I got into it, I was well and truly gripped and was more than shocked with the sharp twists and turns on the journey that the author took me on. Highly recommended.

Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Long Weekend is available to purchase from Amazon.

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