Book Review: That Weekend by Kara Thomas

Title: That Weekend
Author: Kara Thomas
Release Date: June 29, 2021
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you to Get Underlined and Delacorte Press for a finished copy in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis

Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip – what could go wrong?

It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it’s clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours.

Three went up the mountain, but only one came back.

Now everyone wants answers – most of all, Claire. She remembers Friday night, but after that… nothing. And now Kat and Jesse – her best friends – are missing.

That weekend changes everything.

What happened on the mountain? And where are Kat and Jesse? Claire knows the answers are buried somewhere in her memory, but as she’s learning, everyone has secrets – even her best friends. And she’s pretty sure she’s not going to like what she remembers.


Review

This book is a minefield of spoilers so this review will be short and sweet to avoid them. This Weekend was nothing short of genius. I couldn’t put it down and was constantly on edge trying to figure just what the heck went down on that mountain. There were never any lulls but instead just more clues or red-herrings. The true crime junkie in me was obsessed.

It was definitely more of a plot driven book than character driven. That being said we do get to see how lies and deceptions twist the narrative and how the characters see one another. We get to go on this journey with them that starts out as this innocent high school drama YA book that turns deadly fast. To see firsthand just how far someone will go to protect someone they love.

The twists and turns were so well done that even when we finally think we have an idea of what went down that weekend, the rug is pulled out from under us a few more times. That final little twist at the end I truly did not see coming and was *chef’s kiss* perfection. It just added a whole other layer to the story; made it that more sickening. It was the perfect tangle of lies, secrets and deceptions all expertly woven together.

Thomas has truly found her niche in the Mystery/Thriller genre. The story was a Greta mix of fast-paced and engaging that left me wanting more. I’ll definitely be picking up her other books in the future and can’t wait to see what twisted story she gives us next.

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