Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Review - The Weekend Retreat

Title:   The Weekend Retreat
AuthorTara Laskowski
PublisherGraydon House
Genre Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   350
Date of Publication:   December 26, 2023
My Rating:  5 Stars


Three couples. Three days. A family getaway to die for.

Every year, the illustrious Van Ness siblings—heirs to a copper fortune—gather at their luxury winery estate for a joint birthday celebration. It's a tradition they've followed nearly all their lives, and now they are back with their significant others for a much-needed weekend of rest and relaxation, away from the public spotlight.

With lavish comforts, gorgeous scenery, and indulgent drinking, the trip should be the perfect escape. But it soon becomes clear that even a remote idyllic getaway can’t keep out the problems simmering in each of their lives. As old tensions are reignited, the three couples are pushed to the edge. Will their secrets destroy them, or will they destroy each other first? And who’s been watching them from beyond the vineyard gates?

When a torrential rainstorm hits, plunging them into darkness, the answers prove all too deadly…

Not sure what it is about the locked room trope, but it is one of my favorites, and that is what we have in this latest book by Tara Laskowski. There are three siblings, and their significant others, spending time at their family's winery home to celebrate the 35th birthday of Richard and his twin sister Harper.

Not only are the couples in a secluded place, they are trapped by inclement weather. When a murder takes place, the reader is left guessing as to the victim's identity. It is in this mysterious fashion that this intriguing story is told. Somebody is definitely hiding something and I love how I had to keep tapping my Kindle screen as I tried to figure out the mystery.

While parties are meant to be fun, the guests this time around just might get the enjoyment they expected. In fact, they face something horrid when one of their party is murdered, and the suspect pool is very, very small. 

The Weekend Retreat was a brilliant one-sitting read. This is my second book by Tara Laskowski, and I loved her first book as well, The Mother Next Door. I can't wait to see what is next in store for us readers. 

Many thanks to Graydon House and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion..


TARA LASKOWSKI is the author of One Night Gone, which won an Agatha Award, Macavity Award, and Anthony Award, and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Left Coast Crime Award, Strand Critics' Award, and Library of Virginia Literary Award. She is also the author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, has published stories in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Mid-American Review, among others, and is the former editor of SmokeLong Quarterly. Tara earned a BA in English from Susquehanna University and an MFA from George Mason University and currently lives in Virginia. Find her on Twitter and Instagram, @TaraLWrites.

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