Audiobook Review: ‘That Weekend’

I’ve been in the mood for a thriller and Kara Thomas never disappoints. I haven’t read all of her works just yet, but after this, I now want to go back and read more of her writing. That Weekend kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing until the very last page! Exactly what I want from a good thriller.

Title: That Weekend
Author: Kara Thomas
Series: Standalone
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Goodreads Summary

That Weekend started out very stereotypical YA, and I was rolling my eyes a bit and went into this with low expectations, but am pleased to say this plot completely blew me away! I was guessing until the very end – which is exactly what a mystery story should do.

This starts out as predictable as it can get – its the day before prom and girl (Claire) finds her boyfriend with another girl, they break up, her best friend (Kat) comforts her and says to still come with her and her boyfriend (Jesse) on their prom weekend getaway, even though girl has a crush on her best friends boyfriend because they were childhood best friends. Yeah, predictable.

But what isn’t predictable is who you can really trust. They travel from Long Island, New York where they live to upstate New York to Kat’s grandmothers lake house and go hiking and camping on a mountain – only Claire is found the next morning with no memory of what happened and Kat and Jesse are missing. It’s mentioned Claire has gotten blackout drunk multiple times in the past and often drinks to the point of not remembering – so hearing the story from her point of view leaves much to be questioned, and thats the point – what is truth and where did Kat and Jesse go?

I usually don’t like unreliable narrators, but for some reason I really liked Claire and took pity on her, she wants to know what happened to her best friends and will do anything she can to help. You think you know where this is going but there were a lot of twists and turns in this book I didn’t expect, and by the latter half of the book I literally couldn’t put this down. I needed answers!

I really loved that they lived on Long Island, New York – which is where I live! I didn’t intend to read a local book but it makes things feel more real knowing these places and being able to picture it all so clearly in my mind.

That Weekend really took me by surprise and the last 1/3 of the book flipped everything you thought you knew upside down. I love when books take me so much by surprise – even thrillers when you THINK you know who did it – and it turns out you never would have guessed. (Well, maybe you would have. I’m terrible at guessing so I didn’t see any of this coming.)

This is one of those books I wish I could experience for the first time again, because its just so good. I highly recommend this one!

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I was iffy on the audiobook at first but it really grew on me and I enjoyed the narrator – she had the perfect sounding voice for 17 year old Claire – sweet and innocent. I surprised myself by listening on 2.8x speed – I never listen THAT fast – but it was a comfortable speed and I needed ANSWERS!

My Rating:

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If you’re looking for a mystery/thriller that will keep you guessing – That Weekend is your book. I’m so happy I decided to pick this one up – I had a feeling I’d like it, but I never thought I’d give this a 5 star review.

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