The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson

I’m delighted to be part of the tour today for this gripping book. Thanks so much to Avon Books for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Two friends go on holiday. Only one comes back.

Orla and Kate have been best friends forever. Together they’ve faced it all – be it Orla’s struggles as a new mother or Kate’s messy divorce. And whatever else happens in their lives, they can always look forward to their annual weekend away.

This year, they’re off to Lisbon: the perfect flat, the perfect view, the perfect itinerary. And what better way to kick things off in style than with the perfect night out?

But when Orla wakes up the next morning, Kate is gone. Brushed off by the police and with only a fuzzy memory of the night’s events, Orla is her friend’s only hope. As she frantically retraces their steps, Orla makes a series of shattering discoveries that threaten everything she holds dear. Because while Lisbon holds the secret of what happened that night, the truth may lie closer to home…

My Review:

Oh my goodness, as I sit here, stunned, after finishing this book, I wonder how I’m going to do it justice in a review.

This book is superb, it will completely suck you in, and spit you out the other end, reeling at its tense and twisty plot.

It all starts off innocently, with Orla and Kate so excited to be getting away for the weekend to Lisbon. I really liked Orla as a character. I could sympathise with her as she struggles to keep up with Kate’s frantic partying on her first weekend away after having a baby. Kate seems a bit self-obsessed, but good fun, but after a hectic night out, everything seems to be going wrong.

The plot is fast-paced, with rising tension. I could not put this book down. It kept me reading late into the night.

There are many layers to this book, and lots of twists and turns. It really kept me guessing.

Authentic characters, darkly atmospheric and dramatic, it’s real edge of your seat stuff. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the Author:

Sarah is a British born, LA based screenwriter and author.
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and toddler daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.
Her first psychological thriller, FRIENDS LIKE THESE, was out in December 2018, published by Mulholland Books.
Her books have appeared in translation in Germany, Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Poland.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter (@sarahalderson) and at

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