That Last Weekend: A Novel of Suspense

That Last Weekend: A Novel of Suspense

by Laura DiSilverio

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That Last Weekend: A Novel of Suspense by Laura DiSilverio

A terrible accident. A killer among friends.

A woman risking everything for answers.

Every year for a decade, five college friends spent a weekend together at the atmospheric Chateau du Cygne Noir. Then, tragedy struck.

Ten years later, Laurel Muir returns to the castle for the first time since the accident, hoping to reconnect with her friends and lay the past to rest. When a murderer attacks, it rips open old wounds and forces the women to admit there's a killer in their midst. The remaining friends make a pact to unearth the truth, but suspicion, doubt, and old secrets threaten to tear them apart. Unsure who to trust, Laurel puts herself in harm's way, risking it all for friendship and long-delayed justice.

Praise:
"A compelling and richly textured tale of obsession, murder and friendship. Psychological suspense at its finest."—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of Garden of Lamentations

"This stand-alone novel...is well plotted, its mystery compelling, and its outcome unexpected."—Booklist

"DiSilverio's signature easy-to-follow plotting draws readers in."—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738752532
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 09/08/2017
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 376,470
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laura DiSilveriois the national bestselling and award-winning author of 20 mystery and suspense novels and a YA dystopian trilogy. Her 2015 standalone, The Reckoning Stones, won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery, andLibrary Journalnamed her most recent title, Close Call, one of the Top Five mysteries of 2016. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly,Library Journal,BooklistandKirkus.She is a former Air Force intelligence officer and past President of Sisters in Crime.She can be foundonline at www.LauraDiSilverio.com.

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That Last Weekend: A Novel of Suspense 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Laura DiSilverio’s That Last Weekend A tangerine envelope begins an adventure for five women that had been college friends ten years ago. That was the last weekend they had been together. Every year when these women were college friends, they had traveled to the picturesque Chateau du Cygne Noir for vacation until a disaster occurred. Now after ten years, a tangerine envelope with an invitation is about to reopen the consequences of that weekend. This is a fast paced mystery with plenty of twists and turns complicating the gripping storyline. It is plotted impeccably with chilling and compelling happenings that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat until the last word. The characters are well rounded, colorful, three dimensional all having ulterior motives for the mysteries and puzzles presented throughout the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted, suspenseful and thought provoking story. I volunteered to read That Last Weekend. Thanks to the author via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Five college friends come to rekindle their relationship after ten years. Will this visit allow them to learn what really happened when Evangeline fell from her balcony? Was it an accident or attempted murder? Chateau du Cygne Noir, the B&B where they weekend, has so many memories both happy and tragic. It's the perfect background for this suspenseful novel. The scene of the crime has changed as have these friends. I felt the tension and uncertainty from the first page and I was hooked. The characters are complex and so well written. Each had a reason to attack Vangie. She knew their weaknesses and how to exploit them. Now she's dead. Everyone is a suspect, even the staff. Sheriff Boone is back and determined to find the culprit. They won't get away this time. I found that I had to concentrate on the story. I didn't want to miss any clues. The devil is in the details. Laurel Muir is a powerful women who uses her training to get answers. I liked that her interaction with her friends and with Judah Boone offered the promise of a brighter future. The dialogue, the twists and the unexpected revelations make That Last Weekend a superior reading experience. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
BookLover1029617521 More than 1 year ago
At the start of this book, I thought maybe it wouldn't be "my type" of book as it moved from one character to another. The more I read, the more I realized I was wrong. This book was exactly the kind of book I like, albeit it took a different route getting there. The mystery was heightened by the character development and being able to put yourself, as the reader, in the character's position. Feeling what each person felt, and how that led to their decisions. I would highly recommend this book to others who enjoy a good mystery with a few surprises here and there. While this was the first book I read from Laura DiSilverio, I do not think it will be my last!
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was a good read. I can't imagine what it would be like to go back for a weekend in the same spot where the last time you were there something terrible happened.Then when you get there strange things start happening again. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the actual "bad" guy was as it seemed just when I thought I had something figured out I would read something that changed my mind. Another thing that I liked was how we got to learn a little about each character a little at a time. This was one thing that made me want to keep reading. In my opinion this book would make a good movie. I am going to try more books by this author.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Five college friends meet for an annual weekend at the Chateau du Cygne Noir...that is until a tragic event occurs...an event that points to one of them as the perpetrator of this tragedy. Ten years later, invitations are issued to each of these women to once again attend a reunion weekend at Cygne. While each hesitates, they all decide to attend, possibly to solve the mystery. However, the reunion does not go off as planned, with another tragic event early on and once again these women become suspects for the events both in the present and in the past. This was an interesting mystery with the chapters switching between the different characters: Laurel, Ellie, Geneva, Dawn and Evangeline. The story presented a mystery but also was an introspection for the characters, as they each attempt to realistically review what happened during that long ago weekend and why and how did effect their own life path. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing an advance reading copy of this book.
Dmaxtownsend More than 1 year ago
When Laurel, a newly-minted Denver judge, and her four college friends gather for a last-minute reunion at the Cygne B and B, she is somewhat reluctant and unsure of what to expect. Their last gathering had been 10 years before but it ended tragically with one of their group, Vangie, falling off a balcony and grievously injured. Why are they gathering now, after 10 years? To reconnect? To discover who might have pushed Vangie over the railing? To atone? To die? Such an interesting premise! We don’t know if the fall had been an accident, or if Vangie is seeking her revenge or if one among them is guilty. It turns out that there is more here than just one mystery to uncover: strange things are happening at the B and B. The plot is richly intricate. What starts out as a girls’ retreat ends in death and accusations and confessions, and a possible romance, of course. Generally, I am not a fan of psychological mysteries. But when offered the opportunity to read this one, I was intrigued and found it hard to put it down. The story moves quickly and had a great depth of intrigue. I did have only part of the story figured out and was pleased that my detective skills were put to the test. A sharp reader will enjoy the challenge! I highly recommend this and plan to read more by this author. Always willing to broaden my horizons!
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
Laura DiSilverio may be one of the most versatile writers that I follow. I first met her through her cozy mysteries, then went on to enjoy her YA dystopian trilogy. Now, I can add her newest suspense novel, "That Last Weekend", to the list. "That Last Weekend" tells the story of five college friends who got together for a girls' weekend once a year at a bed and breakfast. When their last weekend together ended in tragedy, the ladies fell out of touch until they received invitations ten years later to revisit their favorite B&B and their old relationships. The reader meets the five main characters, as well as the key people in each of their lives, in fairly quick succession at the start of the book. It is a tribute to Ms. DiSilverio's wonderfully rich characterizations that you never feel confused about who is who. Each key figure is well-drawn and unique, and therefore easy to remember. The plot itself unfolds at a nice pace, alternating between (mostly) the current events at the B&B with occasional flashbacks to what happened the last time. When tragedy strikes anew, the friends vow to work together to prove themselves innocent, as well as to uncover the truth about what happened during their previous visit. The police officer who believed one of them was guilty ten years ago is now the sheriff; the fact that he heads up the current investigation makes for some interesting dynamics between him the and suspects, as well as a wonderful plot development that I won't share to avoid being spoiler-ish. About mid-way through the book, I was positive that I knew who had committed each of the crimes. I was both surprised and delighted to learn that I had been completely wrong! The clues are all there, but they aren't easy to unravel. The reader will enjoy uncovering information (both new and old) about the events that transpired, and trying to figure out who the guilty party is. I highly recommend "That Last Weekend" to fans of mysteries, group-of-friends stories, and anyone who enjoys an incredibly well-written novel! Five out of five yummy chunks of cheddar!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
That Last Weekend is a suspense novel by Laura DiSilverio. Laurel Muir, Dawn Infanti, Geneva Frost and Ellie Ordahl are surprised when they received a tangerine colored envelope with an invitation to a weekend at Chateau du Cygne Noire near Asheville, North Carolina. They have not been back since the “event” ten years prior. Laurel is hoping to finally get answers as to what happened that night. The second morning, Laurel goes to check on Evangeline and discovers her dead. The four friends agree to remain at the B&B until the truth is revealed. Laurel works with Sheriff Judah Boone to get the answers they need. Did one of her friends commit the crime or was it someone working at the chateau? That Last Weekend is a slower paced novel that had extreme difficulty getting into. There are five main characters and the POV switches between four of them (Laurel, Geneva, Dawn, and Ellie). The transitions between POV were abrupt (rough). It would take a moment to realize that the POV had switched to a different character and figure out which one was talking now. That Last Weekend did not have real suspense until the last ten percent of the book. I wish the rest of the novel had the same pace and life as this section (my attention was finally captured and it was held until the end). Many readers will be surprised with the outcome of the main mystery. I was happy that the author included a good twist (only the best armchair sleuths will figure this one out). My rating for The Last Weekend is 3 out of 5 stars. I wish the author had told the story from Laurel’s point-of-view and had ramped up the pace in the first half of the book with more action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That Last Weekend is about a group of friends who return to the scene of a crime 10 years later. Some come to figure out what happened, others come to rekindle lost friendships, and other's have more mysterious motives. This book kept me interested and guessing until the end. The story is written from several of the characters' points of view so you get to know each main character. It was a fairly easy, quick read that I enjoyed throughout the story.
IrregularReader More than 1 year ago
Five college friends stayed at the same castle-like bed and breakfast every year, until tragedy struck. Pushed away by suspicion and fear, and drifting further apart due to distance and time, they now barely speak to one another. Until, ten years after that fateful night, each receives an invitation to return to the Chateau du Cygne Noir for one last weekend. The demons of the past and the present join forces, and death stalks the chateau. The five friends must confront their past and rip open old wounds to finally uncover the truth. If all this sounds like a Christopher Pike novel to you, you are not far off (old person question: do people still read Christopher Pike books? Or are you looking up his Wikipedia page right now?). I’m not sure if I’m just burned out on the psychological thriller genre, but I just couldn’t get into this book. I tried, but ultimately, I couldn’t get behind any of the main characters, and reading the book felt a bit like my middle school reads attempted an Agatha Christie radio drama. But, maybe I’m being overly harsh. I’ve certainly been hitting the psychological thrillers harder than the whiskey recently, and I have to say, they’ve all started to look alike to me. I think too many plot twists may have turned my head. If you’re generally a fan of the genre, or you’re old enough to look back at The Midnight Club with something like nostalgia, then give this book a whirl. I’d like to know if quiet, self-conscious, jogging female protagonists have turned me into a bitter old hag. An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tonstant_Weader More than 1 year ago
That Last Weekend is one of those mysteries with a very limited list of suspects, none of whom you want to be guilty. Laura DiSilverio does a masterful job of balancing that tension between almost preferring not to know who is guilty and the need to know for the sake of the innocent. A circle of college friends used to vacation in a castle that had been moved brick by brick from France to America until ten years ago, one of them was pushed off a fifth-floor balcony. The local sheriff was certain it was one of them – and they suspected each other as well – and that mutual suspicion infected their friendship. Now, suddenly, they are invited back for a weekend and none of them can resist attending, their motives mixed, hoping to rekindle lost friendships or to find answers. Murder and mayhem ensue and the sheriff is back, determined that this time someone will pay. That Last Weekend is a fast-paced mystery that somehow manages to create as much suspense as those with a small group of suspects as many can with dozens. There really are so few, the four friends invited back to the scene of the past and present crime, the caretakers, the maid, and the victim’s mysterious fiance. The maid is skilled at pressuring people for “tips” and the caretakers are resentful the castle is being converted and they are laid off, so there’s a chance “the butler did it.” There are, of course, the friends, and they are likable people you want to be innocent. Of course, when mysteries are left unsolved, to fester for a decade, the innocent suffer with the guilty, under a cloud of shared suspicion. Friendships wear thin. How can you hold close to a friendship if there is this whisper of doubt, the fear your friend is guilty? All in all, this was a quick, pleasurable mystery that was more complex than it seemed at first and fair every step of the way. That Last Weekend will be released September 5th. I received an e-galley in advance from the publisher through NetGalley. That Last Weekend at Midnight Ink Laura DiSilverio author site