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!