Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman starts off with the usual story that you expect from a book with this title: old friends getting together for a weekend, one of them reluctant because of the tension with another, yet things conspire to make her go last minute. So far, so average. Things don’t become much better story wise, since there is nothing new about this trope, but the reader does get a bit more invested in the story after a while when things start happening.
June Moody is not interested in going to a weekend reunion with her college friends. Even though the five of them had been inseparable during their college years, the intervening years had made her drift apart from all except one of them. She has always had a difficult friendship with the hostess of this get together, Sadie MacTavish, and it doesn’t help that Sadie married June’s ex-boyfriend, and seems to be living a charmed life.
As soon as June arrives at the MacTavish estate with her friend Em, she starts feeling uncomfortable and soon realizes that Sadie’s relationship with the other three women is also tense and troubled, not to mention her estrangement from her husband who makes his interest in June clear to her.
All this changes when the women wake up one morning with no recollection of the night before, some clear signs of violence, and Sadie missing from the house. Everyone knows it is not long before a body is discovered, and no one is sure what actually happened. As things heat up, friendships start crumbling, and everyone becomes a suspect, no one more so than June. It is only a matter of time till she gets arrested for a crime that even she is not sure she is innocent of.
When I started reading this book, I was sure that June was another one of those heroines, the ones who are flawed and psychotic, and who keep making poor choices throughout the book. Thankfully, June turned out to be better behaved than most such characters and, despite making a few questionable decisions, went on to behave like a woman her age. I fail to understand how writers can create successful women with stellar careers and make them behave like imbeciles where men are concerned.
The murder itself was not that much of a mystery, but everything leading up to the climax was gripping and the suspense held for a long time. I don’t know if people like Sadie exist in the world, but if they do, then there couldn’t have been a better victim for this murder. Not one of the best books that I have read but a good one nonetheless.