Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the books on tour on its publication day for The Birthday Weekend by Lesley Sanderson, published by Bookouture.
The Birthday Weekend
Release Date: 18th of December 2020
Print Length: 241 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Dear Louise. It’s time we all put the past behind us. We’re meeting for my birthday. I want you there. Love, Amy. X
When Louise receives an invitation to her old friend Amy’s birthday weekend in a cottage next to the woods near their old university campus, a chill runs down her spine.
Fifteen years ago, Hannah walked into those same woods and never came back. Her death destroyed her friends. They’ve not met as a group since. Until now.
As the party gets underway and old grudges are uncovered, a game of truth or dare is proposed. It’s clear one person has questions about their friend’s death – and now they want answers. And nothing will stop them.
When everyone has buried secrets, digging for the truth is going to get dangerous.
A gripping and addictive psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages, for fans of Gillian Flynn, Teresa Driscoll and Ruth Ware.
For most of us looking back on our university days (if you went that is), it brings back fond memories where your biggest worry was passing your next exam. For Louise though, receiving an invite to her university friend Amy’s party, fills her with dread.
It seems that Amy is planning less of a birthday party and more of a reunion designed to uncover the truth of what happened to Hannah. Can Louise face the place and the people that still haunt her memories and is she really ready to learn the truth of what really happened to Hannah?
I loved the sinister plot which immediately captured my attention. Lesley Sanderson does a great job involving the reader and she had me on the edge of my seat, trapped in the pages, also in search of the truth.
The characters are well fleshed out and are pivotal in their role in the story. Each had me second guessing them, as Lesley Sanderson messed with my head and planted the seeds of doubt.
I enjoyed how the book was structured, told from predominantly Louise’s point of view, that also includes newspaper articles that are scattered throughout relating to Hannah’s disappearance and subsequent death.
Lesley Sanderson has fast become an author that I get excited about when I hear she has a new book coming out. I have connected with her writing and her way of storytelling and her books are always enjoyable and entertaining reads. I look forward to reading what she comes up with for us next.
The Birthday Weekend is a thrilling and twisty read that tinkles the mind and encapsulates everything I love and look for in a psychological thriller. It was a pleasure to read and review The Birthday Weekend, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Lesley Sanderson, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Birthday Weekend, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Birthday Weekend Books On Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Lesley Sanderson
Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.
Lesley is the author of psychological thrillers and spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since.
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