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The Long Weekend

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A remote lighthouse. A divided family. A chilling secret.

Making sandcastles has never been so dangerous...

Hazel Ladd has spent her life hiding the love she feels for one of her daughters and disguising the hatred she feels for the other. After fifteen years apart they all meet up for a long weekend. Hazel's guilty secret is finally torn from her and the long-anticipated re
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 28th 2015 by Matador (first published December 3rd 2014)
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This won Book of the Month on my blog for January 2017:

The Long Weekend is actually the first paperback in my 2017 Physical Book Challenge. Since getting a Kindle a few years ago I’ve been terrible at reading actual physical books with paper pages that require me to move my hands to turn, and don’t get me started on the bookmark that kept trying to hide from me. The point of this challenge is I have to aim to read two physical books each month, and the fir
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
A really intriguing read with one hell of a reveal that I didn't see coming even with looking for it. This novel has so many layers to it that it's like opening Pandora's box and peeping inside somewhat apprehensively.

A mother, two adult daughters reunited after a very long time. This theme, central to the plot quickly takes on a life of its own and the author thrusts us into the minds and perspectives of all three. You like broken, damaged, dysfunctional characters? You'll love this book then a
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kept-book, signed
Loved, loved this book, did not expect the thrilling end and really enjoyed the characters and the descriptive location. I look forward to more by Jane and would recommend this book to anyone. Beautifully printed too.
Eva Jordan
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a dark tale that tells the story of a mother and her two estranged daughters who agree to meet over a long weekend in a bid to reconcile their differences. The backdrop, a remote lighthouse set against a foreboding Norfolk coastline, provides the perfect setting for this Gothic and at times, supernatural, story to unravel. Heard through the voices of three main protagonists, it quickly becomes apparent just how flawed these individual women are and none more so than Hazel, the mother. Al ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Long weekend started off like it's a story of a family drama/saga, which to a certain degree it is, but then it is also something way darker and disturbing than that.

It's quite obvious that there is a secret that divides Hazel and her two daughters and I was dying to find out what it was. The author slowly reveals just what has made this family fall apart, I have to admit to finding it frustrating at times as I really wanted to know and I hated waiting but boy is it worth the wait when it al
Jo Roderick
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Dark and Fascinating Contortion of Life

When I picked up a copy of The Long Weekend I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. In some respects, I really got everything I normally don’t look for in a story, and even more of what I do. The result is that I bought a damn good novel because Jane E James is a masterful storyteller. The twists and turns become so convoluted that the story keeps you as tightly wound as an elaborate silk rope.

I will not give a bit of the book away, because it will spoil i
Shani Struthers
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This gets five big shiny stars from me! I won't reiterate what it's all about but suffice to say this is a haunting book but in a very human sense. The main character, Hazel, estranged daughter of two mothers, Yvonne and Venetia, is very complex to say the least. Her life story, as it unfolds, is harrowing, with some scenes described that I don't think I'll ever forget - this writer is very Stephen King in that way, because I'll never forget some passages from his books either. As strange a woma ...more
Jo Marchant
Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
I read a lot of books. I also live in the area that this book is set. The cover attracted me to this book, the write up on the back and the setting. I set off in great expectations and I was bitterly disappointed. The language and grammar in the book were bad. The similes and metaphors were atrocious. I became more and more confused as I read through this book. The ending was terrible. I have never written a book and so I do feel bad criticising someone who has but I found out that the author wa ...more
Angie Rhodes
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Wow! The Long Weekend is one of the most foreboding , dark, tense psychological books I have read for AGES! Set in Norfolk, the skies are grey and Winter has settled down, a lonely a remote lighthouse breaks up the dismal scenery,
Alone and waiting patiently but a little on edge is Hazel Ladd, she is waiting to put a wrong , right, she is waiting for her daughters, she has or so she thinks, managed to hide her true feelings from them, One she loves, fiercely, the other she has a deep hatted for
J.M. Hewitt
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
The Long a Weekend is a curious mixture of light and darkness, of truth and secrets.
I very much enjoyed the setting of the book, I felt the location and if I were to visit this place, I'd know it.
The story was cleverly told, a haunting mix of real life, real family - and the things one might bury in the dark recess of their mind, so much so they might even convince themselves it never happened... but the past can't be ignored forever.
If you like dark tales, then this family-bound mystery is a mu
tracie laws may
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this... Had me gripped from the beginning & I found it a tad unnerving & a little too familiar, In places, thanks for, a great book,

Thoroughly enjoyed this... Had me gripped from the beginning & I found it a tad unnerving & a little too familiar, In places, thanks for, a great book
Craig Gillan
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book, all the characters are a bit odd and I flited between loving and hating them
Donna Maria
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this has to be one of the strangest and most compelling reads! I thoroughly loved the darkness, and that Jane E James isn't scared to delve into and explore dark matter, that others might be.. Hallelujah! The characters are incredibly well drawn and very real, I thoroughly believed in this book for the whole journey..
I do not believe in spoilers, I have had too many books ruined by them, but strongly urge you to pick this book up and be caught up in the pages of this chilling triumph!

Elizabeth Berg
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love this writer!!! I read The Long Weekend first I could not put that book down, it had one twist right after the other. The Butchers Daughter was the same.
I'm not into spoilers so let me just say that this author writes crazy like no other. Her books are literally JAW DROPPING! The characters in her book are just like people I have known for years, each with full personalities, emotions, and oh so many faults!
John Morris
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark and disturbing!

I found this a difficult book to read, mainly due to the disturbing content. Sexual abuse within marriage, incest, wife murdering husbands, daughter murdering sister. Finally, a shocking ending coming completely out of the blue. This was an exceptional tale. Not really a ghost story, more of a dark psychological thriller. Well worth reading.

Sue Johnson
Jan 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
What a pile of nonsense. The writer has promise but the plot was rubbish and the characters hateful.
Linda Dalton
Jul 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry just not my typee

Sorry just not my type of book. Too confusing. Never managed to get a grip on the backwards and forward commentary
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