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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Long Weekend

ISBN: 978-0063074323

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: 03/29/2022

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars

“Twisty, dark, and packs a punch. . . . Gripping and genuinely nail-biting.” — SARAH PEARSE, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium

"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

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.

Three couples

Two bodies

One secret

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.


“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

"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 of My Lovely Wife, on The Long Weekend

"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

"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 and Not a Happy Family, 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

About the Author

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Gilly Macmillan is the internationally bestselling author of seven novels including WHAT SHE KNEW, THE PERFECT GIRL, ODD CHILD OUT, I KNOW YOU KNOW and THE NANNY, and TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH. THE LONG WEEKEND is coming in Spring 2022.

A former art historian and photographer, Gilly studied at Bristol University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She lives in Bristol, UK, with her husband and three children.

Her first novel, WHAT SHE KNEW, was a Target pick, a LibraryReads pick, an Indie Next pick, an Edgar award nominee, and an International Thriller Writers award finalist. THE NANNY was a Spring 2020 Richard & Judy WHSmith Book Club pick and TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH was named one of the best thrillers of 2020 by the New York Times.

Gilly’s novels have appeared on the New York Times, Sunday Times, Globe & Mail and Der Spiegel bestseller lists and have been translated into over 20 languages. She’s been described as ‘one heck of a good writer’ (Wall Street Journal) and her novels have been praised as ‘nuanced, completely addictive’ (People), ‘riveting’ (Publishers Weekly), and ‘visceral, emotionally charged…heart-wrenchingly well told’ (The Daily Mail). WEBSITE

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