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I just couldn't get into this book. There was no lead up to the characters, the plot...I felt that I was starting the book in the middle.
 
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Becky_From_Kansas | Jan 8, 2024 |
The Weekend by L. H. Stacey is a slow-paced so-so thriller.

On the night of their graduation party at the Kirkwood estate amid an excess of alcohol and drugs, Lizzie's boyfriend Thomas Kirkwood is found murdered. Lizzie now goes by Elizabeth and she has sworn to never return to the manor. Ten years have passed and Elizabeth receives an invitation to return for a memorial weekend for Thomas organized by his mother, Ada. For some inexplicable reason she decides to attend to go. She knows almost immediately that it was a mistake.

The narrative alternates between the present day and ten years ago. In order for this alternating timeline to be successful, Elizabeth/Lizzie needs to be a character who is tenacious. self-aware, and compelling enough to carry the story and keep readers interested in what is happening in both timelines. I'm afraid that the character is unable to accomplish that task. Lizzie can be depicted as a young, gullible, inexperienced woman but after ten years one would think she would grow up and toughen up. If she's going to make the decision to attend this weekend after ten years of no contact, she needs to have the intestinal fortitude to deal with it.

Additionally, although I appreciate Stacey's author note that it was difficult to delve into a world surrounded by drugs and hedonism, I'd add that it was also very difficult to read about it and have any compassion for the numerous unlikable characters. I finished the novel but there were really no shocking surprises or twists.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Boldwood Books via NetGalley.
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2023/02/the-weekend.html
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SheTreadsSoftly | Feb 11, 2023 |
The Serial Killers Girl was an ok read. The setting of the story is perfect for a thriller book. The main character Lexi has an interesting background so it was interesting to see how she reacted to everything happening around her. The plot is also good but I think it should have been laid out differently. The pace was a little slower than I was expecting since the action starts right at the beginning. But overall it was interesting to see how everything came together!
 
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jacashjoh | Jun 26, 2022 |
An engrossing thriller

The Serial Killer's Girl by L.H. Stacey gives you a ride through the tunnels of some deep down mystery with an amazing plot. The book is absorbing right from its very first page. Every time my heart jumps to my throat with each page. Although, the main attraction is revealed only in the end. Defining the characters, Lexi is a perfect mother and handles the situation brilliantly. The whole book revolves around Lexi and Isla, her daughter. My favorite part was when Lexi gets to meet her father, at last revealing some gruesome secrets.

I would like to give the book 4 stars. Thanks to Rachel's Random resources and Netgalley for providing me an opportunity to read and review the book.
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Sucharita1986 | Apr 27, 2022 |

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