Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Women's Fiction
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Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly.
Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.
So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens...in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.
Told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.
This is the perfect beach read! Mary Kay Andrews has the unique ability to hook her readers into her stories from the get-go and this is no different with her newest novel, The Weekenders! Having read nearly all of her books, I knew when I saw this one that I had to read it. And I am so glad that I did because I absolutely loved this book. It has quite a bit of drama, mystery, and intrigue, but all of this is mixed together gives you a story that will keep you interested all the way through. This book is about 454 pages. Normally, with this amount of pages I would need a few days to read it. But because I was so enthralled in this novel I read it in one day!!! That is how good it is!
So this story is about a woman named Riley who has a summer home on Belle Isle (a sweet and quaint island off of the NC coast). Her family also lives on the island, so when she unexpectedly loses her husband (who was murdered) she has a lot of moral support to turn to. Unfortunately for Riley, she has more than just the murder of her husband to worry about. This is because her husband has left her and her daughter, Maggie, high and dry without a penny in the world. Her beautiful house has a foreclosure sign on it, her money is all tapped out at the bank, and she has no husband to get the answers from. What is supposed to be a summer of fun turns into a downright nightmare for Riley and her family as the begin to uncover the hidden secrets that her late husband was hiding from them all. And to crack the case, they all need to keep open minds and hearts.
Overall, I loved this story. It is an easy 5 star read for me and really quenches my thirst for an amazing chick lit book. Mary Kay Andrews knows how to draw her readers in and hook them until the last page. She has a brilliant writing style that never changes leaving her fans always feeling satisfied. On top of this, she brings her characters and the setting to life making us feel as if we are truly a part of the story. Fans of chick lit, mysteries, and Mary Kay Andrews will definitely want to pick up this novel!