After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Carr takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the holiday she feels herself slipping into a vortex of fear. Back home, the nightmare continues as she realises that Raquel is stalking her. Her hippie mother and her partner Mark tell her to move on. All certainties, even about relationships, become fluid and treacherous as her past begins to unravel. If it wasn't for Rob, her ex-lover who Jolene thinks has his own agenda, she would be left to cope on her own. A gripping psychological suspense. How much fear and betrayal can one person take?
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For me the sign of a good, well thought out psychological thriller is the power and impact of the opening chapters. There is a high level of writing craft required to include sufficient detail to entice the reader into the deception and suspense. This is cleverly done to not only encourage, but demand that you read on. However, this must be achieved without giving away spoilers that reveal the plot twists prematurely. Amanda has achieved this superbly in this well designed and professionally executed thriller. The locations and environments are well suited to the plot and the descriptive imagery takes the reader on a journey that enhances the reading experience. It is obvious that time and attention to detail has been applied to the character development, especially that of Jo, and sound strategic planning lays behind the storyline. I think many women will relate to the story being portrayed and if you enjoy a book that makes you think, feel and appreciate good writing then you will enjoy this.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Just Two Weeks is a psychological thriller written by Amanda Sington-Williams. Jolene Carr is on vacation in Sri Lanka. She was supposed to have gone with her partner, Mark, but his father was gravely ill and Mark couldn’t take the time off. So Jo decided to go on her own and get a bit of sun and ocean. On her first day there, she goes down to the breakfast buffet bar. It’s sunny and gorgeous, and the pool outside is brilliantly blue. She’s greeted by a young woman who asks if they can sit and eat breakfast together. Jo figures she’ll go along as travel means making new friends. She also agrees to visit the private beach Raquel knows about. The two of them take a cab to the hotel, where Raquel seems to be known, and walk through the lobby to the private beach. Then Raquel offers to buy drinks, and they sit and relax together. Jo leaves to use the restroom and later realizes that the now-departed Raquel has taken her wallet, credit cards and passport, and she’s left the bill for Jo to pay. Amanda Sington-Williams’ psychological thriller, Just Two Weeks, is suspenseful and exciting. Jo’s idyllic two weeks in paradise becomes a disorienting and terrifying ordeal. Sington-Williams swiftly immerses the reader in her protagonist’s place, alone with no money in a strange culture, and haunted by a woman whom she supposedly knows. Even after Jo gets back home, everything is strange and altered. Raquel is actively stalking her, and Mark seems strangely complicit. Just Two Weeks feels a lot like a Hitchcock thriller -- it keeps the tension up and the reader can’t help but keep on reading and experiencing Jo’s fear first-hand. I had a grand time reading this book. Sington-Williams is a marvelous writer, and her plot is tight, fast-paced and compelling. Just Two Weeks is very highly recommended.