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After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Carr takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 24th 2014 by Golden Sand Books (first published October 30th 2014)
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Rebecca Lloyd
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of psychological thrillers
Recommended to Rebecca by: Author Exchange Review
‘Just Two Weeks’ by Amanda Sington-Williams drew me in little by little until towards the end, I found it impossible to put down – I had to know who, Raquel, the woman in black and pink was and how she was connected with Jolene Carr, the central character. There are two very different settings in this story both convincingly portrayed, one is in post-tsunami Sri Lanka where the story begins and Jo’s money and passport are stolen, and the other is in an English city which has a London feel about ...more
Rosie Amber
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just Two Weeks is a psychological Suspense. Jolene Carr is holidaying alone at the Green Spa Hotel in Sri Lanka. A last minute decision by partner Mark, who needed to stay home and look after his terminally ill father meant Jo took off on her own. She needed this break, she'd just been made redundant and she had an old leg injury which would benefit from the warm sun and massages in the hotel spa.

At her first breakfast she is befriended by another lone traveller, they chat and Zara invites Jo to
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Tom Benson
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a tale that opens like a piece of contemporary chick-lit, but within a very short space of time changes up a gear and into something entirely different. The introduction is merely a warm-up, but when the pace increases it rarely drops back.
Jolene heads on holiday to Sri Lanka alone, but before her first day is over, her injured leg is the least of her worries. Rather than give away any spoilers I would suggest that I was taken by surprise at the speed with which the story changed.
The dia
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Rumeur
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, ebook
I believe if I'm not mistaken, this book is classified as a thriller. I was very thrilled. Thrilled so much, I almost felt I was the main character at times !!

It's hard to write a whole lot about this kind of book without giving away spoilers but I'll try my best to avoid that
The main character is Jolene Carr, " Jo" who is being stalked by another woman, or is she?

The book starts with Jo on holiday in Sri Lanka by herself. Her partner, Mark, stayed home because he's a nurse & it was a busy t
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Dawn
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by JB Johnston at Brook Cottage Books which I'm more than happy to do.
The main character Jolene Carr - Jo has been laid off work and has booked a two week holiday in the sun in Sri-Lanka to gather her thoughts and re-charge her batteries. The story begins with Jo wakening in her hotel room on the first day of her holiday.
It's very clear from the very first page that Jo is on edge, nervy and disori
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Just another reader
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Jolene Carr is pretty sure of her job, when suddenly things flip 180 degrees and she is shown the door. Jo tries to make good of the situation by having a two-week vacation. She comes across Raquel, who also stays at the same hotel as hers. She encounters some troubles during the vacation, as a result of which she begins suspecting she is in danger. She dwells on paranoia and restlessness. She finds that she isn't s
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Amanda
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

For some reason it took me a while to get into this book. I think I got into it around a quarter of the way through. Once it hooked me though, I could not put it down!

Jo is not my favorite character of all times. She seems rather selfish to me. I don't mean that she is a bad person or anything. It just seems that she thinks a lot about herself and doesn't put a lot of thought into the ones that care for her. This makes her pretty believable as a character, actually. If you think about it, don't
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Elizabeth Ray
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was provided to me free as part of a book tour. Wow this book was good. It's a suspense thriller that reads like a chick lit. My ideal book!

Jo takes a vacation alone to a foreign country because her husband is too busy working to come. While there, she very briefly meets another guest from England named Zara. Zara invites her to go to a beach nearby and while they are there, steals Jo's passport and money, unbeknown to her at the time. She finds out Zara has checked out of the hotel wh
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Joanna Lambert
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jolene has agreed with her partner Mark, who is a nurse, that she will take their scheduled holiday to Sri Lanka on her own as pressure of work means he cannot make the trip. On arrival she meets the exotic Zara who persuades her to visit a beach away from the hotel, only to abandon her and steal her purse and passport before disappearing. Although befriended and helped by Seneka, who works at the hotel, there are aspects of him which cause Jolene to wonder whether he is really a friend or someh ...more
Alan Hamilton
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There can't be a better test of the quality of a thriller than to read it a second time and find you still can't stop turning the pages. I'd read and edited a draft of this novel, and a couple of years later I got hold of a copy of the published version. There have been some changes, a few not an improvement on the original, but no new reader will be aware of them.
This is a psychological thriller of the highest order. It's a common human experience that after you see or hear something for the fi
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Suzi Albracht
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exotic Thrills

JUST TWO WEEKS is an exotic tale of stalking and the effect on its victim. The story starts out in a foreign location with hints of dark allure. When the main character, Jo Carr, returns home to mundane everyday tasks and her partner, there are still sprinkles of exotic mixed in.

Even though I initially thought the story was slow starting, as I kept reading I found that I was intrigued and being sucked in. There was no way, I could just put it down and walk away. I had to know what
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Diana Febry
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of fast-paced, gripping suspense, this should be on your kindle.
Due to a family illness, Jo goes on a two week holiday to Sri Lanka without her partner Mark. On her first day, she is befriended by a fellow Brit. On a trip to a beach her new-found friend steals her money and passport and abandons her with their bar bill. On return to her hotel Jo discovers her "friend" who everyone calls Raquel, is well-liked in the resort but has checked out of the hotel. By the end of her holida
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Max Power
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The opening paragraphs threw me slightly as did the cover, perhaps an intentional piece of misdirection, but intentional or not the ultimate direction that Amanda's Just Two Weeks took was both surprising and entertaining.

This is the first book I have read by the very talented Amanda Sington-Williams but it most definitely will not be the last. The dialogue, narrative and characterisation are perfectly considered, well written and very engaging.

Thoroughly entertaining, gripping and well crafted
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Eric Lahti
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whoa. This is a wild ride. What starts out as a simple beach vacation goes horribly awry. The author did a wonderful job of describing Jo's slow descent and I spent about half the book wondering if she was just paranoid or if there was something sinister going on. I'd like to spend more time talking about it, but, at its heart, this is a mystery (and a damned good one, too) story and I don't want to be the jerk that spills the beans about the ending. Trust me, though, this is well worth the mone ...more
Nats
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was sent to me in exchange for an honest review

This is very hard to review without giving away to many spoilers.

So basically if you are looking for a psychological thriller which is suspense packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat this is the perfect book for you.

Amanda's writing style is just immense and she describes each scene with amazing detail and there is a good narrative all the way through the book

So draw your curtains, lock all your doors, trust no one however trustworthy
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Babus Ahmed
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This chilling story starts with Jo meeting a fellow tourist over breakfast at her hotel in Sri Lanka, but the terrifying events that follow escalate, leaving Jo fearful for her life and the reader unnerved at the edge of their seat.

Jo's fear, frustration and sheer desperation is palpable throughout this psychological thriller as she doubts every relationship she has. The way her stalker keeps tabs on her and implicates herself into her life gave me chills.

A totally gripping, but chilling read.
Morgan Kelley
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great thriller!
This is my favorite genre, and Amanda Singleton-Williams didn't disappoint!
I couldn't put this book down!
It was fast paced, enjoyable, and flowed really well.
I don't do spoilers, so I'll skip to the things i find most enjoyable.
The plot. 5 stars.
The characters 5 stars
The ending. 5 stars.
From the writing, telling of the tale, and the climax of the story, you'll love every second like i did!

Great job, Amanda Singleton-Williams.

Kudos to you for a great thriller!
Hannah Symonds
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a book for people that like a fast paced and gripping suspense. It seems to give the reader a whole new sense of trust and betrayal, reality and perception. The characters in this story are brilliant, Jo seems to be able to make it so that you actually feel as a reader that you are the main character which feels exceptional. This book is such a thrilling read you just won't want it to end.
Rhian
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
A solid 3.5 ★ I really enjoyed the story and liked the way it flowed until I couldn't wait to read more, it was a 4★ until I got to the last 20 pages but the end didn't live up to the rest of the story, I would definitely read more from the author
J.B (Debbie)
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Sarah Butfield
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For me the sign of a good, well thought out psychological thriller is the power and impact of the opening chapters. There is a high level of writing craft required to include sufficient detail to entice the reader into the deception and suspense. This is cleverly done to not only encourage, but demand that you read on. However, this must be achieved without giving away spoilers that reveal the plot twists prematurely. Amanda has achieved this superbly in this well designed and professionally exe ...more
Jayne Burnett
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Thank You to Net Galley for the book in exchange for a review & to Cameron Publicity & marketing. What a strange book. Jo sets off on her solo Holiday. Meets Zara on her first morning who steals her passport & money. The whole story is about ZarA - who is also known as Raquel stalking Jo - who is unsure if she is paranoid or is actually being followed. It is apparent quite early that Jo's partner Mark knows this woman & obviously they are more than acquaintances. Jo goes to treT ...more
(not your)
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Ambivalent is my favorite word to use in relation to Amanda Sington-Williams’ Just Two Weeks. Protagonist Jolene Carr seems got a lot going on. She’s on a vacation that she can’t afford, without her boyfriend who doesn’t seem to be missing her that much. She’s robbed, but can’t seem to decide if she’s afraid, angry or resolved to enjoy herself. Back home she seems surer of things, but finds herself less in control every day. After a frustrating beginning, Jo finally comes into herself and brings ...more
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I got hooked on writing when I did a two year course in Creative Writing at Sussex University where I gained an MA. The Eloquence of Desire was my first novel. It was published in 2010 and has been translated into Turkish. This was a Romance and won an award from the Royal Literary Fund. My latest novel Just Two Weeks is a psychological thriller set in Sri Lanka and The Lake District in northern U ...more
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