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The Girls Weekend por Jody Gehrman
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The Girls Weekend (original 2020; edição 2021)

por Jody Gehrman (Autor)

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June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie and her husband-June's former crush-but agrees to go. The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone's a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie's husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops. A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past and will make you wonder how well you really know the people you've loved the longest.… (mais)
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Título:The Girls Weekend
Autores:Jody Gehrman (Autor)
Informação:Worldwide (2021), 329 pages
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Sadie, a J.K. Rowling type author, disappears during a girls weekend at her family compound. Why can't the women remember anything that happened last night? Where was her husband? ( )
  debbie13410 | Jun 18, 2023 |
June Moody joins he college friends for a weekend getaway. Old resentments and memories rise up and cause tension. Suddenly, there is a murder and everyone becomes a suspect because everyone has a possible reason to have committed it. The plot line is unusual and very well thought out. Ms. Gehrman uses the power of insecurities and twists them into empowerment in some cases. I found the book very enjoyable. ( )
  Lcmcsr | Aug 6, 2022 |
I checked this out due to idle curiosity. I'd read other books with a similar premise, and similar pretty covers. They were often so bland that I couldn't finish them, and turned to Goodreads for spoilers and to learn if anyone shared my opinions. This book was a little different in a few ways. It was indeed boring. I did finish it, however. Aside from boring, it was also heavy on the melodrama. It was full of unfortunate implications: xenophobia, classism, victim-blaming and shaming rape survivors, while poking fun at the Me Too movement, as well as the existence of statutory rape. What a horrible sentence I wrote. It's all in the book, though. There is only one woman of color in the book, Kimi. She is Japanese-American, but also has Italian heritage that is repeatedly and strangely emphasized. She's portrayed as terrible for bringing up her understandable worries about the cops. She runs her own business, but oh noes, it's a pot dispensary. (grumble) It's good money and a stable living, author. Weed and weed products are also heavily taxed here in Washington State, and the money goes towards schools and social services. Chill out. Kimi is portrayed as a huge stoner, violent, scheming, and the person who thinks it's funny to spike people's drinks. Her son is apparently dealing crack. And he's apparently twelve years old. At the end, he supposedly lectures his mom about what a stoner she is. Wow, author. No.

Did the author put thumbtacks in a map of Washington State before writing this so she could name different cities? Because she got the -values- of each city wrong. Kimi would likely be from South Seattle since that's where most of the nice pot shops are. Maybe even Renton, but the author tries to make her seem like she's from downtown or something. Amy at first claims to be pregnant via a college student in Walla Walla. Uhh...Pullman is also a college town in Eastern Washington, where Washington State University is located. WSU is a huge party college. Walla Walla's college is a private, Christian one and I found it on Google in two seconds. I'm not saying they can't party, I'm saying it's unlikely to be a successful dating scene for Amy. Several characters are said to be from Western Washington, but aren't convincing at all as such. It's a lot more liberal here than the author portrays.

No one has any characterization at all besides Kimi, Amy, and Sadie. Amy's bipolar disorder is used as a shorthand for being violent, unstable and delusional. It is used to make her into a child in an adult's body. She's even coerced into sleeping with someone because their spouse can't conceive a child. I particularly hated everything about how the author chose to portray Amy. Hey author, easy fix: just have her go into a manic phase--one symptom is hypersexuality, and another is violent, sudden rages. Some people even do get delusions. You could have done that, author, and -stated it as such.- But all you did was warble on about her depression in the blandest way! You kept calling Amy delusional, but never -showed- it. You're trying to make a mentally ill person the villain, and you're doing a shitty job of it. Go onto WebMD. Hell, even Wikipedia would be helpful. Did you fall asleep while researching for less than one second? I was friends with a few people who were strikingly like Sadie, so she's not actually a stereotype. (Woo, that sentence contained tons of unintentional alliteration!) People similar to Sadie make interesting villains in books and movies, but meeting and knowing them IRL is exhausting if you're lucky, and creepy and dangerous if you're not so lucky.

This book was utterly terrified to use the word 'rape,' yet it has Rape As Backstory used as the sole character trait for someone. She was assaulted by her mom's boyfriend at fifteen. She is now close to forty but no, that's all the characterization the audience gets. The book implies over and over that she seduced the mom's boyfriend, and keeps portraying the rape as consensual sex despite the character repeatedly stating how upset she was by the incident and her clear self-blame. AUTHOR, YOU ARE TERRIBLE.

Everyone got an unrealistic HEA. They were each of the kinds you would find in romance novels, not at all fit for psychological thrillers! The villain reveal happened close to the end and had me rolling my eyes. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. ( )
  iszevthere | Jul 3, 2022 |
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  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
Read something else if you're curious about this one. The Girls Weekend is a reunion of college friends as well as a baby shower for one of the girls. Very flat and juvenile characters. These 'girls' do not act or think like someone close to being 40. This book is more of a cozy mystery than a thriller. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
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June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie and her husband-June's former crush-but agrees to go. The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone's a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie's husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops. A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past and will make you wonder how well you really know the people you've loved the longest.

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