The Long Weekend: A Novel (Paperback)
“Twisty, dark, and packs a punch. . . . Gripping and genuinely nail-biting.” — Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium
In this pulse-pounding thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny, a group of women travel to the most remote place in England for a weekend escape, only to discover a startling note that one of their husbands will be killed before they return home. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley.
Dark Fell Barn is a “perfectly isolated” retreat, or so says its website when Jayne books a reservation for her friends. A quiet place, far removed from the rest of the world, is exactly what they need.
The women arrive for a girls’ night ahead of their husbands. There’s ex-Army Jayne, hardened and serious, but also damaged. Ruth, the driven doctor and new mother who is battling demons of her own. Young Emily, just wed and insecure, the newest addition of this tight-knit band. Missing this year is Edie, who was the glue holding them together, until her husband died suddenly.
But what they hoped would be a relaxing break soon turns to horror. Upon arrival at Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note claiming one of their husbands will be murdered. There are no phones, no cell service to check on their men. Friendships fracture as the situation spins wildly out of control. Betrayal can come in many forms.
This group has kept each other’s secrets for far too long.
"Fast-paced and incredibly compelling . . . this book will not let you put it down." — Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
About the Author
Gilly Macmillan is the internationally bestselling author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl, Odd Child Out, I Know You Know, The Nanny, and To Tell You the Truth. She resides in Bristol, England.
“Macmillan writes with verve and emotional acuity…the final meal is rich and satisfying.” — New York Times Book Review
“Twisty, dark, and packs a punch. . . . Gripping and genuinely nail-biting.” — Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium, on The Long Weekend
"Fast-paced and incredibly compelling . . . this book will not let you put it down." — Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author
"The Long Weekend is like a chess game with multiple layers and complex characters, all leading to a shocking, explosive ending. Brilliantly plotted, with a crisp pace and constant surprises. Once again, Gilly Macmillan has exceeded my expectations." — Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author
"Beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric, The Long Weekend is an unputdownable rollercoaster of a read." — B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, on The Long Weekend
"The Long Weekend is exactly the kind of book I love—a chilling, creepy, corkscrew-twisty descent of a thrill ride that left me breathlessly flipping the pages long into the night. Gilly Macmillan's writing elevates the art of creating a suspenseful character study. I'll read whatever she writes!" — Wanda M. Morris, author of All Her Little Secrets, on The Long Weekend
"I loved everything about this book—the fascinatingly flawed characters, the dark humor, the jaw-dropping twists . . . This is suspense at its absolute best, and I devoured every page." — Alison Gaylin, Edgar Award-winning author of The Collective, on The Long Weekend
"Deliciously disturbing and terrifyingly twisted, The Long Weekend is a stunning thriller about jealousy, obsession, secrets, and trauma that threaten to destroy a tight-knit group of close friends. Gilly Macmillan has created a haunting setting that is as frightening as the horror awaiting the characters, and her brilliant pacing will keep you on edge from the first page to the last. A riveting read!" — Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 national bestselling author of Woman on the Edge, on The Long Weekend
"Well-crafted thriller . . . Macmillan effectively shifts perspectives in this twisty, complicated puzzle. Readers will enjoy putting together all the pieces." — Publishers Weekly
“A real corker. It’s fascinating to watch the three friends’ relationships crumble as they try to figure out whose husband is being targeted and why....Guaranteed to keep readers on the edges of their seats.” — Booklist
“A thriller that will keep you turning pages late into the night” — Globe and Mail (Toronto) on The Long Weekend
“Calling all fans of psychological thrillers… Gather round! Gilly Macmillan is back with a new dark and twisty tale you won’t want to miss: The Long Weekend…A novel of not just nail-biting suspense, but also friendships, love, and a secretive past which loops into the present, The Long Weekend is one you’ll want to just go ahead and add to your TBR. Macmillan has once again come through with what is sure to be one of the most exciting thrillers of the year.” — Nerd Daily
“If you like characters with lots of skeletons in their closets and you enjoy a setting that enhances the eerie tone of a story, then The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan is a must-have on your TBR list this spring.” — Scene of the Crime
"Macmillan has chosen the setting for the first half of her novel well. The rugged, remote landscape is atmospheric, unsettling and increasingly claustrophobic.... [T]his is an eminently readable page-turner." — Book Reporter
“Riveting . . . Macmillan merrily leads us down many wrong paths, all the while examining the gap between fact and fiction and the relationship between author and subject. We cheerfully follow.” — New York Times Book Review on To Tell You the Truth
"This deliciously multilayered tale provides genuine, shocking surprises that culminate in a satisfying and unexpected conclusion. Macmillan is a master of misdirection." — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on To Tell You the Truth
"Macmillan's latest is an unsettling and atmospheric thriller that’s almost impossible to put down. Told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator, it will keep you guessing right up until its satisfying but unexpected conclusion." — Buzzfeed on To Tell You the Truth
"An atmospheric, fast-paced read with an unreliable narrator right at its center." — Popsugar on To Tell You the Truth
“Spellbinding . . . Bold, suspenseful, and impossible to put down. This one will stay with me for a long time.” — Samantha Downing, #1 internationally bestselling author of