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Lizzie called off her wedding to Dan in the last week and canceled all her bookings, and that shocked her best friends Effie, Anna, and Charlie. But nevertheless, they decided to go with their better halves to the same destination–they had already booked their tickets–along with the dejected bride.
And the first thing they saw was the wedding aisle along with food and booze all set up neatly. As if there was to be a wedding. That was the first shocker. After a night of dance and drinks, they found themselves questioning each other.
My first book by author Harriet Walker, I liked the whole concept of the story. It was fun with hints of gossip and internal rivalry that brought out the emotions of the prose. I got to know more about the happenings of the girls’ lives than the men.
There was one big shocker followed by another minor one near the end of the book. I wouldn’t call it a suspenseful thriller, but it was more of a contemporary with secrets abounding.
The book traversed the very fine line between mystery and suspense. Could have moved more toward suspense as the blurb indicated.
I enjoyed most of the prose, but the narrations and internal ruminations were a bit more than actual dialogues and interactions. The author did try to bring in hidden motives when things started happening during their stay, but nothing heart pounding.
The prose needed more of an adrenaline shot to liven it up. Overall, it was an interesting read that managed to spice up my rather bland lunch.
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What do you do when the wedding of your dreams turns into a nightmare?
When a destination wedding is cancelled, a group of university friends travel to a luxurious villa in the South of France, determined to cheer up the bride-that-was and make the best of a pre-paid holiday.
But after a wild night of drunken revelry, the friends awake to find themselves with no memory of the last twelve hours – and surrounded by the traces of a wedding that wasn’t supposed to have happened . . .
As last night’s hangover wears off, the guests find themselves with more questions than answers.
Did a wedding take place?
Who is responsible for an ominous message in the guest book, congratulating the happy couple?
Why does the would-be bride seem so afraid?
And who is the mysterious, shadowy figure who seems to be watching the villa?
Each guest is hiding something. But what? And can they piece together the events of the wedding night before it is too late?
Publication Date: July 2021
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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