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That Last Weekend: A Novel of Suspense

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Every year for a decade, five college friends spent a weekend together at the atmospheric Chateau du Cygne Noir. Then, tragedy struck.

Ten years later, Laurel Muir returns to the castle for the first time since the accident, hoping to reconnect with her friends and lay the past to rest. When a murderer strikes, it rips open old wounds and forces the women to admit there's a
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Published September 8th 2017 by Midnight Ink
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXTRACT: 'Murder. The word lingered in her brain, flashing and crackling like a neon sign on the fritz. Such soft syllables, almost like 'murmur', for such an ugly act. '
'We all lie every day, in big ways and little, by omission and on purpose, by telling ourselves that white lies are kind, or by convincing ourselves that no one will be hurt. '

THE BLURB: Every year for a decade, five college friends spent a weekend together at the atmospheric Chateau du Cygne Noir. Then, tragedy struck.

Ten years
“It had started with such promise and ended in tragedy, suspicion, and a police investigation. Horrible.”

Five young women, former college roommates, are the stars in this novel. The best of friends, they visit a country inn annually. Until… the unthinkable happens and one of them is gravely injured. Evangeline Paul survived her fall from the fifth floor balcony, but was paralyzed as a result. Now, the women seldom keep in touch. The tragedy put them all under suspicion by the police and has put
Lynn Spencer
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll admit it. I definitely picked this book up because of its cover. Something about the large, creepy house on the front just screamed gothic thriller. And That Last Weekend does have a touch of the gothic to it although it really has much more in common with the Christopher Pike thrillers I read as a teenager. Dark secrets, betrayal and violence among friends make a crazy plot cocktail, and that’s exactly what readers get in this book.

The ensemble cast of this novel made me think immediately
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Think Christopher Pike meets a cozy mystery and you'll have an idea of what this book is like:)

Laurel and 4 college friends reunite for a "girls weekend" at their favorite spot, Chateau du Cygne Noir. Not everyone is feeling great about it, though, as a tragic accident crippling one of them occurred the last time they were all together there. Because of what happened, it has been nearly 10 years since they have had a reunion. Bad feelings and accusations abound. As weird things begin to happen,
Stacey Camp
Thank you to Laura DiSilverio, Midnight Ink, and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy of this suspenseful book! Here is my unbiased review of it.

I am a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries, and "That Last Weekend" reminded me of an updated version of Christie's works (in absolutely the best way possible). A group of women who went college together have regularly celebrated women's getaways at a beautiful and haunting old castle. Ten years ago, their getaway trip turned nearly deadly when one of th
A Holland Reads
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was a good read. I can't imagine what it would be like to go back for a weekend in the same spot where the last time you were there something terrible happened.Then when you get there strange things start happening again. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the actual "bad" guy was as it seemed just when I thought I had something figured out I would read something that changed my mind. Another thing that I liked was how we got to learn a li ...more
Kayla Hemmerle
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This cover is one of my favorites that I’ve seen recently. In all honesty, when I saw this cover, it made me look into the book further and I was hooked. There is something intriguing and also spooky about it; it kept me wondering what was happening behind those dark windows. Once you start reading, the author doesn’t disappoint as she continues to bring the beautiful imagery to life.

Our story starts with each of the girls getting a mysterious, tangerine envelope in the mail. Laurel, Geneva, Ell
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
THAT LAST WEEKEND is a well executed tale of a group of college friends who are haunted by a tragic event that occurred ten years ago. Though each has moved on in her own way, the uncertainty of what really happened the night their friend Evangeline fell from a balcony plagues them. The annual weekend getaway tradition stopped that last weekend, and they are surprised when they each receive an invitation for another girls’ weekend. Laurel, Ellie, Geneva, and Dawn struggle with their reluctance t ...more
Sara Gordon
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I highly enjoyed That Last Weekend, it could easily be the best book I've read in months, possibly all year. Initially I was a little put off by "the getting to know you" introductions to the main characters. It felt a little bit draggy for a few chapters, but it also piqued my curiosity and drove me to continue reading. I am glad I did. The story is about Laurel, Ellie, Geneva, Dawn and Evangeline, 5 women who met in college and continued being friends as they matured and moved forward with the ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
For years, college friends Laurel, Dawn, Geneva, and Evangeline would gather to spend a weekend at the Chateau du Cygnet Noir. But when tragedy strikes, the friends lost contact. Until the day ten years later when they all receive a tangerine envelope that they know contains an invitation for a weekend gathering.

But tragedy strikes once more Laurel, who is now a judge, takes matters into her own hands to track down a murderer.

I have to admit the first thing that attracted me to this book was the
A tangerine envelope begins an adventure for five
women that had been college friends ten years ago.
That was the last weekend they had been together.
Every year when these women were college friends,
they had traveled to the picturesque Chateau du
Cygne Noir for vacation until a disaster occurred.
Now after ten years, a tangerine envelope with an
invitation is about to reopen the consequences of
that weekend.
This is a fast paced mystery with plenty of twists
and turns complicating the gripping storyli
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Laurel Muir returns to Chateau du Cigne Noir, an atmospheric old B&B to reunite with some old friends she hasn't seen in a decade. The friends hope to reconnect after their last visit ended in tragedy when one of them fell from a balcony and is now wheel-chair bound. When one of them is murdered they all again fall under suspicion by the local police and must figure out who the killer is before they strike again.

This book is almost written like a cozy mystery, except that it's much heavier and d
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Laurel is just about to become a judge, but she accepts an invitation to spend the weekend with her old college friends. The five of them used to gather every year for a retreat at Cygne castle. It stopped nearly a decade ago when when a tragedy occurred. After the police investigation of that weekend, the girls mostly went their separate ways.

Now they are gathered in the same place the original accident occurs, and before long a murder occurs. Was the original accident REALLY an accident? Is o
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-crew
I received a copy from the author to read and give an unbiased review.
Gripping suspense!! Although it starts very slow, with changing viewpoints from character-to-character.
Awesome setting of a French castle that was brought over block-by-block to America.
The story of friends that come back together after 10 years to the castle where one was almost killed, then does get killed. The rest of the friends are left to wonder if another one of her friends is a murderer, and deal with old hurts and li
Carol Lee
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story of friendship and justice that will keep you reading. A group of friends are getting together again after ten years trying to put the past behind them, but soon tragedy strikes again. Laurel feels like she needs to uncover what is happening before it is too late, but is also fearful of just what exactly she will uncover. The friends agree to uncovering the truth, but since most likely one of them is the one responsible, it makes it harder and harder to know who to trust and who to fear. ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The author writes beautifully, but I agree with the other reviewers that this is challenging to get into as there isn't a whole lot of action - it is definitely more of a study in psychology, and a dark, uncomfortable read - each character is haunted by the past, unable to live fully into their present lives. I loved the setting and the supporting characters added layers of depth and intrigue to the tale. I have no idea, however, why any of them kept being friends with Evangeline, getting togeth ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a group of friends reunited after a tragedy struck 10 years before. Each one has secrets that start to emerge once another tragedy occurs.

Once I started reading this book, I couldn't stop. (That is probably my only complaint - reading it caused me to stay up late!) It was a fairly easy, quick read that was full of suspense and kept me guessing until the very end. I did like that the author switched between point of views of the different characters so we really got to know eac
Christie Sitterly
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I received an advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.**
Think "Pretty Little Liars" television show, but with an adult cast, mixed with Ruth Ware's "In A Dark, Dark, Wood," and you get the gist of this book. I truly enjoyed it, and it kept me entertained and in suspense nearly until the end. The story involves college friends who meet at an old inn ten years after a fateful weekend resulted in tragedy. This time, it ends in murder. Each is a suspect but they must
Christi Charles
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's a creepy, atmospheric story set at an isolated bed and breakfast. Laurel Muir and her college friends have reunited for a weekend, to try to put some closure on a tragedy that occurred at the B and B years ago. The story is told mainly from Laurel's viewpoint, but does alternate among the other friends too, so you get to know and like everyone and don't really want to see any of them be guilty. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading this one, and kept thinking I'd figure ...more
Lisa  Keeffe
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because it was like reading a Scooby Doo whodunnit for adults. From the castle setting to the cast of characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was original, I love a good girl's weekend too! Fun fun book to read in one sitting. Enjoyed getting to know all the characters!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ...more
Barbara Nutting
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific - like playing a game of Clue - was it Colonel Mustard in the billiard room with the candlestick or Mrs Peacock in the library with a knife? Very distinctive characters, each with her own agenda. Yes, page 246 gave it all away but it was still filled with other happenings that weren’t so obvious. Will look forward to reading more by this author.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Ten years ago, five college roommates booked a weekend retreat at Chateau du Cygne to celebrate their upcoming graduation. What started as a celebration, turned tragic when one of the women, Evangeline, was pushed off of a fifth story balcony. Though she survived, their women's close relationships didn't. Who tried to kill Evangeline? That mystery was never solved. Ten years later tangerine envelopes with an invitation to return to the Chateau du Cygne arrive from Evangeline. While each of the o ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, 2017
Laura DiSilverio may be one of the most versatile writers that I follow. I first met her through her cozy mysteries, then went on to enjoy her YA dystopian trilogy. Now, I can add her newest suspense novel, "That Last Weekend", to the list.

"That Last Weekend" tells the story of five college friends who got together for a girls' weekend once a year at a bed and breakfast. When their last weekend together ended in tragedy, the ladies fell out of touch until they received invitations ten years late
Tonstant Weader
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
That Last Weekend is one of those mysteries with a very limited list of suspects, none of whom you want to be guilty. Laura DiSilverio does a masterful job of balancing that tension between almost preferring not to know who is guilty and the need to know for the sake of the innocent. A circle of college friends used to vacation in a castle that had been moved brick by brick from France to America until ten years ago, one of them was pushed off a fifth-floor balcony. The local sheriff was certain ...more
Rosemary K
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five college friends come to rekindle their relationship after ten years. Will this visit allow them to learn what really happened when Evangeline fell from her balcony? Was it an accident or attempted murder? Chateau du Cygne Noir, the B&B where they weekend, has so many memories both happy and tragic. It's the perfect background for this suspenseful novel. The scene of the crime has changed as have these friends. I felt the tension and uncertainty from the first page and I was hooked. The char ...more
Donna Townsend
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Laurel, a newly-minted Denver judge, and her four college friends gather for a last-minute reunion at the Cygne B and B, she is somewhat reluctant and unsure of what to expect. Their last gathering had been 10 years before but it ended tragically with one of their group, Vangie, falling off a balcony and grievously injured. Why are they gathering now, after 10 years? To reconnect? To discover who might have pushed Vangie over the railing? To atone? To die?

Such an interesting premise! We don
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That Last Weekend describes five college friends who reunite at their favorite B&B - Chateau du Cyne Noir. This place has lots of good memories but their last weekend together ended horribly when a terrible accident happens. Laurel Muir is successful attorney recently made a judge. Dawn Infanti is a scientific artist who yearns to show her paintings at a gallery and have people buy them to validate her artistry skills. Ellie Ordahl is a mom of college boys and a housewife. Geneva Frost is a coun ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
That Last Weekend by Laura Disilverio is a intense, suspenseful mystery that reminds me some what of an Alfred Hitchcock story.

Ten years ago 5 friends were together for the weekend when something terrible happened. Now ten years later these same friends receive invitations to go back again to the place they were on that last weekend. Murder leaves them shook up and wondering who among them is a murderer. Can you ever really escape your past? Can friends stay friends after all that has happened?
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed this author’s cozy mysteries for quite some time and I have started reading her newer standalone thrillers, and I really like them! “That Last Weekend” is my favorite so far of all her books. Tragedy strikes a group of college friends when they get together for a girls’ weekend. Now ten years later, the women reunite at the same North Carolina bed and breakfast. Each guest has reservations about attending, but hope the weekend could help them move forward from the tragic event in ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read, mysteries
Five college friends meet for an annual weekend at the Chateau du Cygne Noir...that is until a tragic event event that points to one of them as the perpetrator of this tragedy. Ten years later, invitations are issued to each of these women to once again attend a reunion weekend at Cygne. While each hesitates, they all decide to attend, possibly to solve the mystery. However, the reunion does not go off as planned, with another tragic event early on and once again these women become s ...more
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I'm the author of the Swift Investigations, Mall Cop and Readaholics mystery series.

After twenty years as an Air Force intelligence officer – serving as a squadron commander, with the National Reconnaissance Office, and at a fighter wing – I retired to parenting and writing full-time.

Spying was easier.

(Laura DiSilverio is also Ella Barrick.)

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