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Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip - what could go wrong? It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it's clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours. Three went up the mountain, but only one came back. Now everyone wants answers - most of all, Claire. Sh Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip - what could go wrong? It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it's clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours. Three went up the mountain, but only one came back. Now everyone wants answers - most of all, Claire. She remembers Friday night, but after that... nothing. And now Kat and Jesse - her best friends - are missing. That weekend changes everything. What happened on the mountain? And where are Kat and Jesse? Claire knows the answers are buried somewhere in her memory, but as she's learning, everyone has secrets - even her best friends. And she's pretty sure she's not going to like what she remembers.


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Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip - what could go wrong? It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it's clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours. Three went up the mountain, but only one came back. Now everyone wants answers - most of all, Claire. Sh Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip - what could go wrong? It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it's clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours. Three went up the mountain, but only one came back. Now everyone wants answers - most of all, Claire. She remembers Friday night, but after that... nothing. And now Kat and Jesse - her best friends - are missing. That weekend changes everything. What happened on the mountain? And where are Kat and Jesse? Claire knows the answers are buried somewhere in her memory, but as she's learning, everyone has secrets - even her best friends. And she's pretty sure she's not going to like what she remembers.

30 review for That Weekend

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "... I've seen people wait years to find out what happened to their loved ones, and when they finally do, the answers aren't enough. The emptiness is still there. Sometimes it's even worse." Wow. This book is stunning like the glimmer of a slick, sharpened knife. The twists and turns are solid, but the characterization and journey that we go on while reading this book is pretty epic, something I don't typically feel while reading a YA mystery novel. Kara has always had a way with words, and her p "... I've seen people wait years to find out what happened to their loved ones, and when they finally do, the answers aren't enough. The emptiness is still there. Sometimes it's even worse." Wow. This book is stunning like the glimmer of a slick, sharpened knife. The twists and turns are solid, but the characterization and journey that we go on while reading this book is pretty epic, something I don't typically feel while reading a YA mystery novel. Kara has always had a way with words, and her plots are tight and gripping without fail, but something about this novel really put her in a top tier category for me. As an author, she's clearly found her sweet spot within the genre and found a way to put her unique spin on the kind of stories that can feel stale and washed up when done in a repetitive manner. This book is a minefield of spoilers, so I'll do my best to dodge them as best as possible, but if you're wanting to go in completely blind (as I was graciously allowed to), consider stopping here and finishing reading this review once you've read the book. That said, if you'd like a little more of an idea of what to expect from this book with no spoilers included, carry on. Claire, Kat, and Jesse have been friends throughout childhood, and when Claire and her boyfriend break up right before prom, couple Kat and Jesse invite Claire to come to Kat's grandmother's lake house instead of going to the dance. After getting a glimpse into their drama filled first night away, Claire is found unconscious with no memories of the weekend, and Kat and Jesse are still missing. The book shifts between past and present, and also between POV's, but not in the way you necessarily expect them to. This was exciting and unexpected for me, also because the readers opinions and understanding of the story shifts along with the characters. As you journey along with Claire, Kat, and Jesse, you start to see how the characters' perceptions of each other shift along the timeline, and how secrets can have a huge effect on how people connect with each other. The very last pages contain a twist that will likely be a make or break for most readers; personally, I thought it added a devilish finality to the overarching story, but I can understand how it may not be perceived that way by other readers. Overall, super impressed and will now wallow in my book hangover while I wait for Kara's next novel to be written. *Many thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a review copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mischenko

    Claire is alone on a mountain after waking up with no memory. The last thing she can recall is being at her friend’s family lakehouse for the weekend with Kat and Kat's boyfriend, Jesse. They planned a little secret, weekend getaway that nobody knew about but them. How could she have wound up like this in the woods by herself with blood all over her hands? Better yet, where are her missing friends now? Are they dead? I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but after reading the blurb, it wa Claire is alone on a mountain after waking up with no memory. The last thing she can recall is being at her friend’s family lakehouse for the weekend with Kat and Kat's boyfriend, Jesse. They planned a little secret, weekend getaway that nobody knew about but them. How could she have wound up like this in the woods by herself with blood all over her hands? Better yet, where are her missing friends now? Are they dead? I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but after reading the blurb, it was one I couldn’t pass up. This is a new author for me, and I'm not familiar with her other books. That Weekend turned out to be twisty as all get-out! I couldn’t figure anything out until the last quarter of the book as the author intended. Once everything started coming to light, the twists were still surprising and shocking. Just when you think you have this figured out, you realize you're wrong again. The final twist just blew my mind! With that said, this story wasn't necessarily a thriller for me; it was more of a suspenseful mystery trying to figure out what in the world went on that weekend with Claire and her friends and why. Closer to the end is when this morphed into more of a thriller because it was difficult to figure out what anyone was going to do. It was hard to know who could be trusted. Everything was unpredictable. Even though I found Claire somewhat annoying at times, it was awesome the way she took matters into her own hands and sought answers because nobody else was going to figure it out for her. Even with her memory shot, she perseveres until all the pieces are put together. The family secrets made this even more interesting. The writing style with two timeframes worked out well for me too. Overall, this story is written well and held my attention throughout. I’ll be keeping my eye out for more books by this author. 4**** Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 29, 2021) Language: English Hardcover: 336 pages ISBN-10 : 152471836X ISBN-13: 978-1524718367 Reading age: Teen & Young Adult I'd like to thank NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Any book that has a synopsis asking, what could go wrong , in the opening sentence, is a book I need to read. Absolute bonus that it's from Kara Thomas. She's amazing!! Any book that has a synopsis asking, what could go wrong , in the opening sentence, is a book I need to read. Absolute bonus that it's from Kara Thomas. She's amazing!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    Karma has its day with just about everyone in this story in the end. . . . . . . . . . . . If you didn't suspect the twist about one third of your way into the story, then you need to take your temperature: I certainly saw most of the final twist coming. The teenagers in this story are a tad out of control: you can't trust anyone, even your best friend it seems. Claire and Jesse were best friends all of their lives: at one point it appeared that their friendship had romantic elements to it - Jesse Karma has its day with just about everyone in this story in the end. . . . . . . . . . . . If you didn't suspect the twist about one third of your way into the story, then you need to take your temperature: I certainly saw most of the final twist coming. The teenagers in this story are a tad out of control: you can't trust anyone, even your best friend it seems. Claire and Jesse were best friends all of their lives: at one point it appeared that their friendship had romantic elements to it - Jesse actually used the "L word!" But Jesse suddenly shut those feelings off and instead starting dating Kat (who had just returned from Italy, where her military father had been stationed.) Claire does not want to lose either of their friendships so she says nothing, and suffers from unrequited love for Jesse in silence. Flash forward a few years: all three teens blow off prom after Claire's boyfriend, Ben, is caught messing with another girl. They head up to Kat's family cottage in the Catskills, planning to hike and camp out on the infamous Devil's Peak. The next day, tragically, only Claire is found, badly concussed and with no memory of the day following their arrival. What could possibly have happened? The police suspected a fall off the treacherous ledge at Devil's Peak. Or perhaps an altercation got out of hand......!?!?!.... Hmmmmmm! Ultimately, I concluded that these kids were bratty, spoiled and selfish! Claire was constantly yelling at her mother - often for very little reason. (I suspected that Claire's mother now regretted allowing Claire to make her own decisions growing up.) Even though she was under suspicion and was caught in a frenzied media storm, Claire was not willing to relinquish control back to her parents, who really were looking after her best interests. (They were certainly paying all of her medical and legal bills!) I get that Claire had a severe concussion and was probably acting a bit out of character, but there were times when I wanted to tell her to CHILL and go stand in a corner! And all that abuse of her prescription drugs and drinking while she was recovering from a concussion - Kat was totally spiraling out of control. Kara Thomas tends to have complex teens who sometimes alienate the reader somewhat with their selfish tendencies. There is also a recurring theme regarding taboo relationships which I will not go into for fear of spoilers. What you have here is a pack of borderline sociopaths and narcissists (with terrible decision making skills!) For the most part, I enjoyed this cleverly crafted thriller, but, towards the middle of the novel, the internal dialogue was getting repetitive and I kept waiving my white flag and begging the author to move the action forward - usually to no avail. That said, the last few chapters finally saw the action speed up at a satisfying pace. As usual in a Kara Thomas novel, the characters' "romantic" relationships are left open-ended, which I do concede is realistic, if somewhat unsatisfying. As I said, Karma reigned supreme in those final chapters: Kat's machinations did not go unpunished! We find that Faithless Jesse hadn't changed much from the non-combative, emotionally fragile boy that Claire had always supported. And as for Claire: I think she had better start wearing a football helmet every time she leaves the house!!!! How many times was she going to have concussion in this novel? I do highly recommend That Weekend. It is a great read, but I'm finding that quite a few novels coming out shortly after COVID often have a bit of a distracted aura to them. I'm rating this one a 4 out of 5 stars because I was wandering, along with the characters, in the wilderness of the plot, scratching my head in bewilderment, wondering when anyone was actually going to DO something, for quite some time there!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin A. Craig

    No words at present. They’ll come later. Once I stop screaming. Oh my gosh, I loved this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Flynn

    Kara Thomas is one of my favorite authors of YA fiction and I love her dark, twisty stories. THAT WEEKEND, with its creepy premise and mountain setting, is totally my catnip, so I went in with very high expectations. I'm pleased to say they were totally blown away! I don't want to say much more because this is the kind of story you should go into knowing as little as possible. But it's thrilling, captivating, unpredictable (still reeling over those twists!!!) and will consume your life until you Kara Thomas is one of my favorite authors of YA fiction and I love her dark, twisty stories. THAT WEEKEND, with its creepy premise and mountain setting, is totally my catnip, so I went in with very high expectations. I'm pleased to say they were totally blown away! I don't want to say much more because this is the kind of story you should go into knowing as little as possible. But it's thrilling, captivating, unpredictable (still reeling over those twists!!!) and will consume your life until you've finished! And then it will haunt you afterward...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Clau

    So, one of the main reasons I like mysteries, is because I try to figure things out along with the main character, in this case, Claire. AND I GUESSED RIGHT! I was about to finish the first part of the book, when I thought: mmmm maybe this is what happened. And as I was reading, I became even more certain that my theory was correct. So, while it makes me happy when figure stuff out right, I must admit that it was also a bit disappointing. I wasn't really surprised by anything that happens in the So, one of the main reasons I like mysteries, is because I try to figure things out along with the main character, in this case, Claire. AND I GUESSED RIGHT! I was about to finish the first part of the book, when I thought: mmmm maybe this is what happened. And as I was reading, I became even more certain that my theory was correct. So, while it makes me happy when figure stuff out right, I must admit that it was also a bit disappointing. I wasn't really surprised by anything that happens in the ending. I also would have liked it better if there was an epilogue, or maybe even an extra chapter.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Glasgow

    Another excellent novel from Kara Thomas! Breakneck narrative and pacing, red herrings galore, and a plot twist that bowled me over.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Claire, Kat, and Jesse are friends in their senior year of high school. They decide that instead of going to prom, they will sneak off to Kat’s family’s lake house in Sunfish Creek. They decide not to tell their parents they are going to the lake house because, well, they are teenagers and honestly, what could possibly go wrong? Claire wakes up with a horrible headache, disoriented, in the middle of Bobcat Mountain with a woman standing over her. How did she get here? Where, exactly, is she? Whe Claire, Kat, and Jesse are friends in their senior year of high school. They decide that instead of going to prom, they will sneak off to Kat’s family’s lake house in Sunfish Creek. They decide not to tell their parents they are going to the lake house because, well, they are teenagers and honestly, what could possibly go wrong? Claire wakes up with a horrible headache, disoriented, in the middle of Bobcat Mountain with a woman standing over her. How did she get here? Where, exactly, is she? Where are Kat and Jesse? Soon, Claire is taken to the hospital to assess her injuries and recover from what was supposed to be a fun weekend with her friends. But why can’t she remember anything about what happened? Claire soon learns that Kat and Jesse are still missing. She tries everything she can to recall what happened up on that mountain, but the doctors say it could be a while before her memory returns -if it ever does. While talking to the local police, FBI, and Kat’s family, and trying to piece together and remember everything she can, Claire is determined to find out what happened to her and her friends on that weekend. But as one of the FBI agents told her, sometimes the answers don’t make things better, they make them worse… Claire soon finds out that everyone has secrets, even her best friends, and not everything is as it seems. I am struggling to put my thoughts together on this one because so much happened and it was SO GOOD. I really admire Kara Thomas’s ability to craft a complicated, twisty story and keep a reader hooked from literally the first page. I made the mistake of starting this book in bed at 10:30pm one night when I didn’t feel tired enough to sleep. Several chapters and a couple hours later, I had to make myself go to bed. It just snowballed from there because I read a good portion of this book with my jaw on the floor. Yes, it really was that good! I loved that this book was an alternating timeline. The past, obviously, was everything leading up to THAT WEEKEND and included some back story as to the relationship dynamics between Kat, Claire, and Jesse. The present was after the incident on the mountain and Claire trying to regain her memory and find her friends. While the majority of the book was told from Claire’s point of view, there was also a dual timeline, switching between Kat and Claire, getting different points of view on certain events. I liked the story leading up to the weekend on the mountain. It felt very “high school drama” and appropriate for the characters Thomas created. I also liked the story, though vastly different, after the incident because it showed a glimpse into the not-so-perfect family dynamics that the three friends had tried to hide from the world, and it definitely helped build the story and set the tone for what happened and why. I did guess one of the twists, however, I did not know the why. And it was a bit more than I had expected. And then there was another twist, and I was shocked. And another twist and my jaw was on the floor again. The delivery of all these secrets and twists was so phenomenal that even if you could guess what was about to happen, it wasn’t disappointing because there was a more complex aspect hidden beneath the surface to surprise you. Thomas wove a very complicated web of secrets and lies, and it was fantastic. This is a book I will be thinking about for a long time, and I will also be ordering a physical copy for my bookshelf because I just need to hold this glorious masterpiece in my own hands. 5 stars from me for this amazing, shocking, thrilling story! Highly recommend! Thank you to Delacorte Press, NetGalley, and Kara Thomas for a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    Kara Thomas is a must preorder for me and THAT WEEKEND did not disappoint. Kat and Jesse are missing, presumed dead. Claire, left for dead, has no memory of their disappearance. THAT WEEKEND is a slow burn that ends with nonstop twists and turns. Most, I never saw coming. Best not to read too many reviews, you don’t want to be unintentionally spoiled. A must read for mystery and thriller lovers. I also enjoyed the audio version.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    My head has exploded. This is Kara’s best yet and she has wrecked me!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    Well, that was one of the best books I've ever read. I've been sitting here for the last fifteen minutes, brain empty, mouth agape. Review to come if I ever am able to write anything more than "DAFVHJDFSHNBAVAVK PLEASE READ THIS BOOK". I'm literally speechless. I WON A SIGNED AND ANNOTATED ARC FROM KARA IN A GIVEAWAY AND I AM CRYING! Have you seen the teaser trailer & reveal on twitter yet?!?! I won an annotated arc from the author on Twitter (but have a finished copy pre-ordered). This has not af Well, that was one of the best books I've ever read. I've been sitting here for the last fifteen minutes, brain empty, mouth agape. Review to come if I ever am able to write anything more than "DAFVHJDFSHNBAVAVK PLEASE READ THIS BOOK". I'm literally speechless. I WON A SIGNED AND ANNOTATED ARC FROM KARA IN A GIVEAWAY AND I AM CRYING! Have you seen the teaser trailer & reveal on twitter yet?!?! I won an annotated arc from the author on Twitter (but have a finished copy pre-ordered). This has not affected my opinions nor the contents of my review. Quotations are from an unfinished proof and subject to change upon final publication. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aamir Rasool

    3.3/5 *sighs* I was hoping to come on here and SQUEAL about how amazing and mindblowing this book was. Alas, that is not the case at all. We follow Claire and her best friends Kat and Jesse to Kat's Lake House. Kat comes from an extremely affluent family and she is Jesse's girlfriend. The book opens up with Claire waking up in the forest, bloody with no recollection of what happened the night before or how she even got there. Kat and Jesse are missing. So what actually happened THAT WEEKEND. Soun 3.3/5 *sighs* I was hoping to come on here and SQUEAL about how amazing and mindblowing this book was. Alas, that is not the case at all. We follow Claire and her best friends Kat and Jesse to Kat's Lake House. Kat comes from an extremely affluent family and she is Jesse's girlfriend. The book opens up with Claire waking up in the forest, bloody with no recollection of what happened the night before or how she even got there. Kat and Jesse are missing. So what actually happened THAT WEEKEND. Sounds good right? Fortunately, this book was actually tremendously great up until the reveal which Kara Thomas is known for her outlandish and crazy plot twists. This one, was so cliche and fell completely flat. It was just so disappointing because the tension was growing and we followed Claire while she tries to piece the mystery together. Out of all the characters, Claire was the best. In fact Claire DESERVED BETTER. I feel like starting a gofundme just for her because she had to put up with SO. MUCH. CRAP. SO by the end of the book, I truly rooted and cared about her more than anything that went on in the book. I devoured this book within a couple hours the day it came out because I was intrgued and the mystery kept growing and growing and then just flatlined. Which is the saddest part of all. I expected that heart-pounding, crazy, twisted CRESCENDO that Thomas is used to giving us. All in all, this didnt live up to my expectation and fell short. It was weaved and set up the puzzle pieces really well but never actually hit a homerun. I will be looking forward to Thomas' next book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kit Frick

    Kara Thomas is ruthless. When you descend into That Weekend, prepare for darkness ahead, breakneck turns, and shivery secrets. I am still reeling.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Eh, it's been a while since I read a thriller that made me feel bad about the state of humanity, but this one did. It also didn't keep me as engaged as I wanted. Content warning: Lots, but the one I wasn't really expecting was (view spoiler)[a fairly throwaway mention of a hot car toddler death (hide spoiler)] Eh, it's been a while since I read a thriller that made me feel bad about the state of humanity, but this one did. It also didn't keep me as engaged as I wanted. Content warning: Lots, but the one I wasn't really expecting was (view spoiler)[a fairly throwaway mention of a hot car toddler death (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    2 Stars Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own. I didn't like it. YA Thrillers have been really hit or miss this year, for sure, and this one was a miss. I liked some of the threads Kara Thomas was playing with, but they ultimately didn't come in to create any sort of compelling picture. Not for me, anyway The pacing felt off--which is a major problem in thrillers. Pacing is key. The narrative voice read re 2 Stars Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own. I didn't like it. YA Thrillers have been really hit or miss this year, for sure, and this one was a miss. I liked some of the threads Kara Thomas was playing with, but they ultimately didn't come in to create any sort of compelling picture. Not for me, anyway The pacing felt off--which is a major problem in thrillers. Pacing is key. The narrative voice read really young, though the content matter wasn't juvenile. So I couldn't even say, "Oh, well. Not really YA, but it would make a great MG read!" It wouldn't. The subject gets too heavy, but the narrative style... Big off there, honestly. And ultimately, this book failed me because it read like the author failed to do her research. Right from the beginning, when medical staff was involved, I found myself having a difficult time believing the situation. I couldn't suspend my disbelief--and suspension of disbelief in a contemporary story isn't usually a problem. But it felt glaringly this-is-not-accurate right off the bat, and I couldn't forgive that. Made it hard to continue, for sure. I didn't like this book. That's not to say others won't, especially readers new to thrillers (younger readers moving up to YA, perhaps). There are definitely some good points here to explore. This isn't a 1-Star read, after all. My full review covering what just might save this book for other readers will be available July 2 at link: Gateway Reviews.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Inah (Fueled By Chapters)

    Y’ALL WHEN I SAY KARA THOMAS NEVER MISSES, SHE NEVER MISSES ---- Content Warnings : Death, Domestic abuse, child abuse, Alcoholism, Violence, Incest, Suicidal thoughts It’s getting really hard for me to form my thoughts on this. I feel like Kara and I are one-upping each other every time she writes a new book. To be honest, I’m not winning! I’m always left in awe and slack-jawed every time I finish. As for That Weekend, I went in totally blind except for the synopsis. I believe that’s the best way Y’ALL WHEN I SAY KARA THOMAS NEVER MISSES, SHE NEVER MISSES ---- Content Warnings : Death, Domestic abuse, child abuse, Alcoholism, Violence, Incest, Suicidal thoughts It’s getting really hard for me to form my thoughts on this. I feel like Kara and I are one-upping each other every time she writes a new book. To be honest, I’m not winning! I’m always left in awe and slack-jawed every time I finish. As for That Weekend, I went in totally blind except for the synopsis. I believe that’s the best way to go into this book and any Kara Thomas book for that matter. As a fan, I know what to expect but Thomas still managed to surprise me in the best way possible. This book really had me on edge and I couldn’t put it down! I’ve learned my lesson not to read Kara Thomas’ books very early. It sucks when you read a really good book but you don’t have anyone to talk to because it hasn’t been released yet. True story, that happened to me with Little Monsters. Anyway, for this one, I was going to wait until Week 2 of June but Kal of Reader Voracious slid into my DMs asking if I’ve read this yet. I haven’t read it yet at that time so I told her that I will read it on that same day. It took me less than 24 hours to finish this book. The story starts right off with Claire waking up as she gets rescued by EMTs in the mountain. Moreover, she had no recollection of the events from the last 48 hours. The story was told in a dual and non-linear timeline. One in the past, and one in the present. I totally enjoy books told in this manner, especially when executed properly because I feel like it adds to the overall reading experience. I was hooked from the very beginning because of how gripping the narrative was. Also, It’s hard not to root for Claire because as a reader, I also want to know everything that happened. I easily related to her character being the sleuth that I am. That Weekend dealt with heavy topics and I think it was well-written in a way that didn’t rub off as being glorified. Another thing I really enjoyed was the shocking revelations that left me stunned. I really tried my best not to drop any spoilers as I didn’t want to ruin your reading experience. Trust me when I say that you want to go in this without knowing anything. That Weekend might steal Little Monsters’ spot as my favorite Kara Thomas novel. I’m not concluding anything yet, but it just might. Kara Thomas’s writing style is captivating and her delivery of plot twists and revelation truly packs a punch. Plus, she knows how, when, and where to drop them. The book is fast-paced and the tone is riveting, plus the ending really left me in shock. I think the only issue I had was the lack of character depth outside of Claire. Kat and Jesse were fine but the others just felt a little flat. Then again, the book was mostly plot-driven. It didn’t really take away my overall satisfaction with the book. Do I recommend this? Absolutely! That Weekend will leave you on the edge of your seat with its compelling narrative and execution. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. Kara Thomas and I are mutuals on social media. All opinions are my own. ** For more book reviews, visit my blog: Fueled By Chapters

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gina Adams

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an early copy. The first thought I have is simply: dang. This book was really a wild ride. There’s like, basically nothing I can say that isn’t a spoiler, but it definitely took turns I wasn’t expecting. Were one or two of them gratuitous? Meh, maybe lol. But it was the stay up all night, read in one sitting, forget about the stuff that’s bothering you kind of ride that I’m really grateful for right now. We begin with our sweet friend Claire waking up in Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an early copy. The first thought I have is simply: dang. This book was really a wild ride. There’s like, basically nothing I can say that isn’t a spoiler, but it definitely took turns I wasn’t expecting. Were one or two of them gratuitous? Meh, maybe lol. But it was the stay up all night, read in one sitting, forget about the stuff that’s bothering you kind of ride that I’m really grateful for right now. We begin with our sweet friend Claire waking up in the wilderness and being taken to the hospital. She has literally no memory of what happened to get her there until it hits her: her friends Jesse and Kate were with her when she went out there, and they didn’t come back with her. What ensues is a pretty typical amnesia-type thriller, one of the ones where the main girl is absurdly tricky at finding evidence that the fucking FBI somehow missed. You know. Such a well-used trope but still somehow gets me roped in every time. Well, the typical thriller doesn’t stay typical. One of the reveals was one that made me put the book down for a second, and one of them was a reveal that made one of the characters have to pull over to the side of the road and vomit. It’s one of those stories where even if you guess some of the ending you’d have to be a psychic to call it all. Some of the things that happen in this story are so very adult-like while still being obviously teenaged. I feel like that’s authentic of teens: they think they’re grown, their families think they’re kids, and the world treats them like some weird in between. Too old to be coddled, too young to understand how taxes work. I just appreciate the way those parts were written. I’ve read every single one of Kara Thomas’s books now and I think they’ve all been really well done in their own ways. There’s always plenty of characters so the ending isn’t obvious, but not too many that it’s apparent that they were only added as red herrings. I mean, over the course of the story I suspected like 8 people, all with decent enough reason, and still didn’t fully call the who and especially not the why. Romance has a part in this book, not a huge one, but it is the catalyst for a few different things. And I really liked Claire’s connection with like, everyone she was interested in romantically. Maybe some of those came back to bite me? I won’t say, but I suspected them all at one point or another. This was a fun read and I really think if you’re looking for a YA thriller that’s not wack, I think you wouldn’t go wrong with any of Kara Thomas’s works.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Kade

    SO GOOD. Twisted and dark but utterly un-put-down-able. Put it on your TBR list today.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Faith Hurst-Bilinski

    That Weekend is listed as a Young Adult book, but it really works as just a mystery/thriller. Right from the beginning the reader is just as in the dark as Claire. She wakes up on a mountain path, covered in blood and no idea how she got there. Yes, that has happened in a lot of books. This one does it well. Claire is taken to the hospital, where she meets the absolute worst nurse ever, and soon finds that she has lost over a day and her best friends are missing. Claire being unable to remember That Weekend is listed as a Young Adult book, but it really works as just a mystery/thriller. Right from the beginning the reader is just as in the dark as Claire. She wakes up on a mountain path, covered in blood and no idea how she got there. Yes, that has happened in a lot of books. This one does it well. Claire is taken to the hospital, where she meets the absolute worst nurse ever, and soon finds that she has lost over a day and her best friends are missing. Claire being unable to remember what happened makes a lot of people very suspicious. She deals with being speculated about by friends and strangers alike. The first part of the book goes back and forth between the few days heading to that weekend that Claire remembers and the aftermath. It seems that the mystery is solved in the first half of the book but it’s just getting started. I was really enjoying this one. Started reading it one night and had to finish the next day. There was one twist thrown in at the end that almost ruined it for me. It seemed unnecessary and took away from Claire’s journey for me a little bit. That aside, I really enjoyed being with her on this journey.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    Loved this. RTC on blog.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    ❐ Overall Rating 4¾⭐ | Narration 😍 = Amazing ❐ Narrated by Phoebe Strole & Kristen Sieh ❐ Listening Length: 10H 28M ❐ YA Mystery/Suspense/Thriller ❐ Amnesia ❐ Will knowing the truth actually set her free Kara Thomas keeps stepping up her YA thriller game because this is her best yet. She has a way of writing young adult drama without making it super annoying or too over-the-top. In this book, she took the Amnesia trope and put a whole new spin/twist on it. One that I can’t elaborate on because it ❐ Overall Rating 4¾⭐ | Narration 😍 = Amazing ❐ Narrated by Phoebe Strole & Kristen Sieh ❐ Listening Length: 10H 28M ❐ YA Mystery/Suspense/Thriller ❐ Amnesia ❐ Will knowing the truth actually set her free Kara Thomas keeps stepping up her YA thriller game because this is her best yet. She has a way of writing young adult drama without making it super annoying or too over-the-top. In this book, she took the Amnesia trope and put a whole new spin/twist on it. One that I can’t elaborate on because it would give too much away. All I can say is this is a mysterious tale that is perfectly told in past/present POVs with one hella plot twist that you probably won’t see coming, and that this book didn’t disappoint me, not in the least. 🅒🅐🅦🅟🅘🅛🅔 9.57/❿ 🅒haracters → 9.5 🅐tmosphere → 9.5 🅦riting → 10 🅟lot → 10 🅘ntrigue → 9.5 🅛ogic → 9 🅔njoyment → 10

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeddidiah Namiah Parico

    ”But I do know that I’ve seen people wait years to find out what happened to their loved ones, and when they finally do, the answers aren’t enough. The emptiness is still there. Sometimes it’s even worse.” It has been ages since I last reviewed a book and it feels like I don’t know how to do these things anymore! *insert laughing/crying emoji here* Anyway, I really have enjoyed reading this book by Kara Thomas, and so far, this is my top favorite from all of her books. It gets better and bett ”But I do know that I’ve seen people wait years to find out what happened to their loved ones, and when they finally do, the answers aren’t enough. The emptiness is still there. Sometimes it’s even worse.” It has been ages since I last reviewed a book and it feels like I don’t know how to do these things anymore! *insert laughing/crying emoji here* Anyway, I really have enjoyed reading this book by Kara Thomas, and so far, this is my top favorite from all of her books. It gets better and better. Fans of mystery and suspense books will definitely enjoy reading this one. Another gem introduced in the literary world! Imagine my joy when I was invited to review this book, at this time of year. Again, I cannot thank PRH enough for the endless invites and books! I was just browsing and saw Kara’s name. I immediately started reading, without knowing what the book is even about. And honestly, I’m very happy I did. I went in blind. Back to my review. I cannot describe how incredible Kara wrote this book. Each time she releases a YA mystery, it just gets better and better. She’s found her sweet spot in this kind of novel, her way with words that just really falls into place, and her mind boggling plot twists are purely magnificent and just out of this world. I swear to you the ending will just blow your mind. Because I was, and until to this writing, I still am. *Read at your own risk. This part of review may contain spoilers. I cannot guarantee a spoiler-free review. Hehe. The story started when Claire was found in a hiking trail by a woman named Sunshine and her dog. Claire couldn’t remember what happened to her and her friends 48 hours ago. All she can remember was that they ditched prom and were supposed to be secretly hiking in Bobcat Mountain. Apparently, when she was found, her two other friends, Kat and Jesse, were nowhere to be found. No one knows if they’re dead or still alive. Claire tries so hard to remember everything that happened to them that weekend in order to find answers. Claire’s hardheaded-ness on trying to find answers on her own paid off as she finally found a clue. A small thing that would connect her to Kat and Jesse. And the thrill starts here. This is where the mindfuck lies, where it questions you if you should trust this person or not. It morphed into a whole new level of wickedness and unpredictable events. The story was told in two time frames — before and after everything happened — it really worked out for me because it’s somehow connecting the now and then. There will be a time where you think you knew what finally happened, why it happened but everything you thought you knew was just. The back and forth time frames will insanely open your mind and let you think what happened before or even give you an insight why this certain event happened or why this certain person said such thing. I honestly want to give more information but I want to stay clean and not give off too much information. Hehe. 😈 Overall, I am truly head over heels amazed at how this book turned out. And ew (read it and you’ll know why 😈)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    Thank You to Random House Children’s and Netgalley for providing a free E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own 4.5 Stars Kara Thomas did it again! I can't believe in was over two years ago since I discovered Thomas's books. I then binge-read them, reread them, and obsessed over each thriller. When I found out she was releasing another, I literally squealed. That Weekend is a twisty YA mystery about a Thank You to Random House Children’s and Netgalley for providing a free E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own 4.5 Stars Kara Thomas did it again! I can't believe in was over two years ago since I discovered Thomas's books. I then binge-read them, reread them, and obsessed over each thriller. When I found out she was releasing another, I literally squealed. That Weekend is a twisty YA mystery about a weekend camping trip gone wrong. Claire, her best friend, Kat, and Kat's boyfriend, Jesse, decide to spend prom weekend camping in the mountains. But Claire's only memory of that weekend was waking up covered in dirt and blood. And after a stay at the hospital she finds out she was unconscious for over twenty-four hours and due to her concussion, she remembers nothing. Claire may be injured, but Jesse and Kat are the real mystery. They are missing, and no one can find them, dead or alive. Let me start off by saying I had high expectations. And fortunately, That Weekend did not disappoint. The plot pulled me in from page one. A peaceful camping weekend gone wrong, resulting in a girl with no memory, and a missing couple. Just the concept alone was unique enough to intrigue me. Claire was a typical protagonist, but written with enough events surrounding her to make her interesting. The book starts by Claire waking up on the mountain, then the setting soon switching to her waking up in the hospital room. But the setting changed constantly. We had flashbacks to before prom weekend, then friday night, and finally back again to present day in which Claire is still unstable. But right as I got pulled in, just as Claire was begging to recover and the detectives started their work on this case, something strange happened... The plot jumped forward six months in time, and now it was new year. This perspective was now called "the present." And the strangest thing about this was that now, six months later, it shows that the detectives had found evidence and suspects and closed the case for good about what happened to Jesse and Kat. I was so confused at first. Not only was the transition a bit rocky, but the plot was just getting good, and Kara Thomas basically just solved her whole book a fourth of the way through. There were victims, culprits, evidence, and everything you need to conclude a mystery novel. But, stop right there. Kara Thomas did something that was most certainly risky.. She created new mysteries and questions bubbled up again, and despite the perfect conclusion, this case was not officially over. --- The author took a risk, but it was worth it. Unlike no other thriller I've read before. And what was even more amazing was the plot itself. A huge web of discoveries and events, all intertwined with each other. I can't say much without spoiling, but as I flipped the pages, suspense bubbled and rose within each chapter. I gasped multiple times and my teeth chattered at certain parts... especially the last third of the book. And the ending itself? I loved it but hated it. Nowhere near the same events, but it reminded me a lot of Sadie. Imperfect to the reader, but truly an astounding end to the story when you look at the craftsmanship put into it. --- Overall, That Weekend, is truly one of a kind. It will keep readers intrigued from page one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    t

    I received a free ARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Ah..this was going so well until the ending, and now I'm annoyed and incredibly unsatisfied. The ending(s?) was so out of left field, I can't even deign to call it a plot twist--and I called what happened to the friends from the very beginning. If Kara Thomas had just honored the story she was trying to tell, I might've rated this higher. Unfortunately, it seemed in the end, she was trying I received a free ARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Ah..this was going so well until the ending, and now I'm annoyed and incredibly unsatisfied. The ending(s?) was so out of left field, I can't even deign to call it a plot twist--and I called what happened to the friends from the very beginning. If Kara Thomas had just honored the story she was trying to tell, I might've rated this higher. Unfortunately, it seemed in the end, she was trying too hard to work in the shock factor. It made for an unsatisfying and ineffective ending. I love Thomas' work, but this one is a miss for me. (Also can I say how much I DESPISE the cover? It has nothing to do with the story!)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    I get so annoyed when something happens in the last 2% of the book that changes the way I perceive everything prior. So. Here we are.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    3.6 rounded up 4 stars! I know I am not the target audience for this YA/Teen story. As a high school guidance counselor, I loved to read Teen/YA stories, always fun to mention a book I read that my students might like. I sometimes get discouraged as a lot of my reads seemed to be formula driven: Sex, drugs, suicide, bulling, and of course a lot of foul language. I still am still hopeful and a sucker for a good YA story! In this story Clare and several of her close friends decide not to go to the 3.6 rounded up 4 stars! I know I am not the target audience for this YA/Teen story. As a high school guidance counselor, I loved to read Teen/YA stories, always fun to mention a book I read that my students might like. I sometimes get discouraged as a lot of my reads seemed to be formula driven: Sex, drugs, suicide, bulling, and of course a lot of foul language. I still am still hopeful and a sucker for a good YA story! In this story Clare and several of her close friends decide not to go to the prom. When Clare tells her parents, her dad (the Librarian) says something like ….” Think of all the books you can now buy for that $150. ..She thinks ~ he would say that because he is such a dork. ~ Did she just call me and other readers a dork? Okay I am curious! Three best friends~ a lake house~ a perfect prom weekend getaway ~ what could go wrong? We thriller fans are laughing out loud!! Claire wakes up bloody with no memory. (Which also means Clare has no memory of calling dad and therefore many of us readers ‘dorks’!) Okay enough of my dorky attempts at humor! This story actually turned out to be so much better than I expected. Twist and turns!! It truly was a page turner! I always enjoy the Author’s 'Acknowledgements’. In this section Kara Thomas expresses her gratitude and also thanks us readers; then states she hopes this story was worth our wait!! And the answer to THAT is “Yes”! Want to thank NetGalley and Random House Children’s/Delacote Press for this early release granted to me for my honest professional opinion.. Publishing Release Date scheduled for June 29, 2021

  29. 4 out of 5

    blondethrillerbooklover

    Claire and her two best friends, Kat and Jessie, go camping on prom weekend, rather than to the dance. Claire is found unconscious, hurt and alone with no memory of what happened. Kat and Jessie are nowhere to be found. What happened? 👀 _________________________________ I loved the way this story was put together. It’s told in both past and present and also changes POVs later in the story. With great character development and a steadily moving plot, it kept me entertained and guessing the entire time. Claire and her two best friends, Kat and Jessie, go camping on prom weekend, rather than to the dance. Claire is found unconscious, hurt and alone with no memory of what happened. Kat and Jessie are nowhere to be found. What happened? 👀 _________________________________ I loved the way this story was put together. It’s told in both past and present and also changes POVs later in the story. With great character development and a steadily moving plot, it kept me entertained and guessing the entire time. While I did figure some of it out, there were some spins that I definitely did not see coming. I really, really liked this one! Definitely recommend to YA Thriller lovers✨

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jayme Dunn

    4.5 stars! The plot twist queen is BACK. One of the biggest reasons that I love Kara Thomas’ writing so much is because of her ability to surprise. When you think you know how the book ends, she throws twist after twist at you - forbidding her reader from guessing at her true intentions. I love this about her books. With the mountain setting and the attempt to unravel forgotten events that led to the disappearances of Claire’s friends, I felt like I was involved in an episode of Dateline or 48 Ho 4.5 stars! The plot twist queen is BACK. One of the biggest reasons that I love Kara Thomas’ writing so much is because of her ability to surprise. When you think you know how the book ends, she throws twist after twist at you - forbidding her reader from guessing at her true intentions. I love this about her books. With the mountain setting and the attempt to unravel forgotten events that led to the disappearances of Claire’s friends, I felt like I was involved in an episode of Dateline or 48 Hours and as someone who devours true crime shows, this book was a fun and twisty adventure. The only downside is that I begged for a little more information regarding Claire’s outcome by the end. I wanted a flash forward to see how the overall situation resolved and what ends up happening to the characters that make it to the end. I understand why Thomas ended where she did, but I’ll always want more. Again, I applaud Thomas’ ability to surprise me every time. Reading her books is always a true pleasure and a hell of a wild ride. Thank you to @netgalley and @randomhousechildrens for this ARC!

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