ARC Book Review: That Weekend by Kara Thomas #BookReview #ThatWeekend #YoungAdult #Reads

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.

My Thoughts:

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.

Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 29, 2021)
Language: English
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 152471836X
ISBN-13: 978-1524718367
Reading age: Teen & Young Adult

Thanks for reading my review! Have you read this book or any other books by Kara Thomas? Feel free to leave your thoughts below so we can chat.


31 thoughts on “ARC Book Review: That Weekend by Kara Thomas #BookReview #ThatWeekend #YoungAdult #Reads

  1. I’ve not read this author before, and I usually don’t read much YA, but this book attracted my attention as a TBR candidate the moment I saw it. I don’t mind a slow build suspense/mystery, as long as it holds my interest. After reading your review, I definitely think I need to pick this one up!

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    1. I think you’d enjoy this one then, Mae. It attracted me on NG, and I went straight for it. I’d like to go back and read her other stuff because I’ve read many positive reviews about her writing. Hope you enjoy it! Happy reading. 😉

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    1. It’s so weird how some get approved and others don’t. I recently requested a book on Edelweiss and got rejected, only to get approved a day later on NG. 😂 Who knows what the algorithms are for choosing readers. Hope you enjoy this one, Teri. Thanks.

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  2. Definitely an intriguing premise and it sounds like it was developed well. I’ll have to look up the author. She sounds like one I should have on my radar. Wonderfully insightful review ❤️


    1. It’s a good read, Tessa. Because you’re a the thriller connoisseur, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! I went with four stars strictly because I didn’t love it, but I enjoyed it. The twists were crazy. Thank you! 😃

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  3. Susan Libanio

    I’ve read a couple of this author’s other books. Can’t say I liked any of her YA series books, but Little Monsters was very good.
    I’m on hold at my local library for this one. I did request it on NetGalley but only got on the wish for it list. I really wish NetGalley would allow us to “follow” favourite authors the way they allow us to follow favourite publishers.
    Great review, Mischenko, and now I REALLY can’t wait to get my copy from the library!

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    1. I’ll keep that one in mind, Susan! I feel lucky to have been approved for this one. I do enjoy YA. Glad you’re familiar with her and have enjoyed some of her other books. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one! ❤️🧡💜


  4. This is a new author to me Jen, but this book sounds lie one I would definitely enjoy. You have hooked me. I like a strong smart main character, even if they are annoying at times. Nice review.

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  5. Brilliant review, Jenn! This book sounds intriguing and quite suspenseful… it’s also interesting it becomes more thriller-like as the story gets closer to the end!
    Thanks for the great review, I am going to add this to my TBR!

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    1. Thank you, Noriko! I can’t wait to see what you think about it. Yes, it became pretty crazy toward the end with a big, shocking twist. This was more of a mystery for me, but I know you love those, so I’m glad you’re adding it. 😉

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  6. starjustin

    Great review Jen! You already know I’m not much of a fan of YA but your review is making me wonder how this one ends. We’ll have to chat about it. 🙂


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