That Weekend by Kara Thomas
Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip – what could go wrong?
It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it’s clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours.
Three went up the mountain, but only one came back.
Now everyone wants answers – most of all, Claire. She remembers Friday night, but after that… nothing. And now Kat and Jesse – her best friends – are missing.
That weekend changes everything.
What happened on the mountain? And where are Kat and Jesse? Claire knows the answers are buried somewhere in her memory, but as she’s learning, everyone has secrets – even her best friends. And she’s pretty sure she’s not going to like what she remembers.
Claire is alone in the woods after waking up with no memory. The last thing she can recall is being at her friend’s family lakehouse for the weekend with Kat and Kat’s boyfriend, Jesse. They’d planned a little weekend (secret) getaway that nobody knew about but them. How could she have wound up like this in the woods by herself with blood all over her hands? Better yet, where are her missing friends now? Are they dead?
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but after reading the blurb, it was one I couldn’t pass up. This is the first book I’ve read by Kara Thomas, but That Weekend turned out to be twisty as all get-out and kept me turning the pages. I simply couldn’t figure anything out until the last quarter of the book as the author intended. Even then, once everything started coming to light, I was still so surprised by the twists. Just when you think you have it figured out, you realize you haven’t. The final twist just blew my mind!
With that said, I didn’t feel exactly thrilled by this story, but it was more of a suspenseful mystery with trying to figure out what in the world went on that weekend with Claire and her friends and why. Closer to the end is when this morphed into more of a thriller for me because I couldn’t figure out what anyone was going to do. Everything was so unpredictable.
Even though I found Claire somewhat annoying at times, it was awesome the way she took matters into her own hands and sought answers because nobody else was going to figure it out for her. Even with her memory shot, she perseveres until all the pieces are put together. The family secrets made this even more interesting. The writing style with two timeframes worked out well for me as well. Most of the characters were likable.
Overall, this story is written well and held my attention throughout. I’ll be keeping my eye out for more books by this author.
I’d like to thank NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for my honest review.
Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 29, 2021)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 152471836X
Reading age: Teen & Young Adult
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