The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan @GillyMacmillan @randomhouse @cstone_press #TheLongWeekend #NewRelease #BookReview


By the time you read this, I’ll have killed one of your husbands.

In an isolated retreat, deep in the Northumbria moors, three women arrive for a weekend getaway.

Their husbands will be joining them in the morning. Or so they think.

But when they get to Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note that claims one of their husbands has been murdered. Their phones are out of range. There’s no internet. They’re stranded. And a storm’s coming in.

Friendships fracture and the situation spins out of control as each wife tries to find out what’s going on, who is responsible and which husband has been targeted.

This was a tight-knit group. They’ve survived a lot. But they won’t weather this. Because someone has decided that enough is enough.

That it’s time for a reckoning.


The Long Weekend


When Ruth, Jayne and Emily arrive at the isolated cottage they have booked for a couples getaway weekend things soon go to pieces. For one reason or another, all of their husbands have given them excuses for not making it the first night. The couples often head off for time out together and have done for years. One of the group hasn’t been invited this year, she was the only female friend of the three men that were all mates at university. She used to bring her husband along to these getaways but they all feel awkward since he died, so she has been left out.

The weather has taken a turn for the worst, and the reception for their phones is non-existent. They haven’t got their own transport and was taken to the cottage by the owner. When they arrive, they find a note which tells them that one of their husbands will be dead by the time they are reading this. They don’t know how to take this, is it a sick joke? As time goes on, they begin to panic and wonder if it could be their husband that could be dead, or even is it their husband that has left this note, which could make him a murderer! It’s going to be a long night.

This story takes no time before you are dragged into the mystery, as it is told by each of the characters, including the person responsible for the note. You don’t know who is behind this voice. It is a small cast of characters in the story, so you don’t get confused about who is married to who. Each tells their life and why things are changing now.

The thing about the women at the cabin is they have only joined the group through marriage to their partners. They wouldn’t be friends if not for their husbands. As the story unfolds, you get to know how each couple tick.
I enjoyed this story and loved playing the who’s done it myself. I liked how the author let me know certain things, clues that the other’s didn’t have, although to be honest, there are some pretty creepy characters in the group to start with, once I was inside their heads. It is a chilling read, not knowing who is doing what. Fabulous story. Loved it!

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.


Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the Sunday Times & New York Times bestselling author of THE NANNY (out 2019). Also WHAT SHE KNEW (previously published as BURNT PAPER SKY in some territories), THE PERFECT GIRL, ODD CHILD OUT & I KNOW YOU KNOW.

Gilly is Edgar Award nominated and an ITW award finalist. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages.

She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also lived in Northern California. She studied History of Art at Bristol University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Gilly lives in Bristol, UK with her family and writes full time. She’s currently working on her sixth novel.

Twitter: @GillyMacmillan

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