The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones
Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication: August 3rd 2021 by Minotaur Books
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
From Goodreads: In the vein of The Other Woman, Sandie Jones’s explosive new novel The Guilt Trip will have readers gripped to the very last page.
Rachel and Noah have been friends since they met at university. While they once thought that they might be something more, now, twenty years later, they are each happily married to other people, Jack and Paige respectively. Jack’s brother Will is getting married, to the dazzling, impulsive Ali, and the group of six travel to Portugal for their destination weekend.
As they arrive at a gorgeous villa perched on a cliff-edge, overlooking towering waves that crash on the famous surfing beaches below at Nazaré, they try to settle into a weekend of fun. While Rachel is looking forward to getting to know her future sister-in-law Ali better, Ali can’t help but rub many of the group up the wrong way: Rachel’s best friend Paige thinks Ali is attention-seeking and childish, and while Jack is trying to support his brother Will’s choice of wife, he is also finding plenty to disagree with Noah about.
One fatal misunderstanding . . .
But when Rachel discovers something about Ali that she can hardly believe, everything changes. As the wedding weekend unfolds, the secrets each of them hold begin to spill, and friendships and marriages threaten to unravel. Soon, jumping to conclusions becomes the difference between life and death.
My Thoughts: I love a good thriller. Sandie Jones wrote a book that pulled me in from the beginning, kept me turning pages, and loving every word she wrote. I loved the twists, the turns, the ups, and the downs. I followed the characters exactly where they wanted me to go, I may have missed some clues, but I still had many guesses as to what was going to happen next.
The beginning introduced a lot of characters in a short timeframe, and I have to admit that I had a hard time keeping them all straight, especially who was with who. As I continued to read, I realized that may have been done intentionally. It seemed each character had a tie to another character and it was fun to figure out who was doing what with who and when.
I enjoyed Sandie Jones’ book. The characters were twisted, fun, and relatable. This is a perfect, fun, twisted suspense, mystery, and thriller.
**Thank you NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet Sandie Jones: Sandie Jones has worked as a freelance journalist for over twenty years, and has written for publications including the Sunday Times, Woman’s Weekly and the Daily Mail. She lives in London with her husband and three children. The Other Woman is her debut novel.