The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

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Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea
91cOPD67ULL._UX250_Come and join me for my fortieth birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises
the like of which you can’t imagine.

When Joanne’s friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting.
One of them is hiding a secret.
And Joanne is planning to reveal it…

A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun – until no one can hear your cries for help.

Four friends.
A party to die for.
Who will survive?

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A Heart Thumping, Blood Pumping Read! 5startr

The Birthday Girl is a novel full of secrets and lies, and it is one jaw-dropping read! I couldn’t put it down, finishing within a day, so desperate was I to know what happens next!

Joanne is turning 40 and has decided to organise a weekend trip for herself and her girlfriends Andrea, Carys and Zoe. As with the best of us, things haven’t been as easy between them as they usually are and this is a chance for them to get back the status quo. In order to keep it all a surprise, the other three only receive their invitations the day before departure so not only is it a surprise, it’s also unexpected. So off they set on a mystery trip …

What kicks off as a celebratory weekend soon turns into something sinister with Joanne extracting revenge under the guise of ‘fun’. A series of events unfolds making all participants very uncomfortable and uneasy about what is going to happen next and this is the type of novel where you don’t want to allow your attention to be diverted in any way whatsoever – for fear of missing something! But no matter how attentive you are as a reader, believe me, there are surprises and shocks in store.

This is an enticing read. Each chapter leads onto the next and it is very hard to put down. In between chapters there is narration by an unknown person – but who? At the end of the book, all the questions which have been spinning around in your head are answered – but probably not how you think. And don’t for one moment think it’s all wrapped up because the biggest twist is on the very last page . . .

As a psychological thriller, this is up there with the very best and is a heart thumping, blood pumping read, and not one which you will easily forget. One last observation: I, too, have a ‘big’ birthday on the horizon and if ANYONE invites me to a surprise weekend – I am not accepting!!

I would like to extend my grateful thanks to publisher HarperImpulse for granting me an arc via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

 

Tags: psychological suspense, thriller

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 991 KB

Print Length: 416 pages

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Publication Date: 14 November 2017

 

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