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The Long Weekend

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with a man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive? This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Andersen
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Midu Hadi
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for something different
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Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The Long Weekend looks, and sounds, like a dark gripping thriller…and that is exactly what I got. Right from the start Savita Kalhan had me glued to the pages and didn’t let me go until I’d finished the last page.

Eleven-year-old Sam is the new boy at school. He’s been the new boy quite a few times before and finds it difficult to fit in with the cliques and gangs already formed. This time though he’s made friends with popular Lloyd through their joint love of football. Lloyd is very different to
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed
Reading Savita Kalhan’s The Long Weekend is like watching the latest chilling and mystifying thriller movie, as not only is it a freighting read, but it’s one that will keep nearly any reader- from middle-grade to adult- clinging to the page, waiting to know what will happen next, while these two boys land themselves in one colossal mess.

Sam knows his newest friend Lloyd and he should never have gotten into the black shinny car that Friday afternon, but it was raining, cold, and chilly waiting
Melanie Goodman
The world doesn’t need vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and demons to be scary. People can be scary enough in and of themselves. In Savita Kalhan’s thriller The Long Weekend, eleven-year-old boys Sam and Lloyd discover the truest kind of monster: a person with evil intentions.

Sam is the new kid in school, but he has quickly latched on to Lloyd, and they begin to spend time together both in and out of school. On a stormy afternoon, they are waiting together outside of school, unsure which of their p
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell how good and downright creepy this book is. I loved reading it. It had me looking over my shoulder because I could swear that someone was watching me read this book! Sam and his friend get in a car who he thought belong to his friends father. Unfortunately, it did not. And now they are trapped in the hands of a psycho.

Psycho, yes indeed. It reminded me of a good horror movie but for teens. Sam I believe handled it the best. When you are caught in a situation like this, you must get y
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
If ever there was a book that should be required reading for every 11+ boy or girl then it is The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan. The content does not make for comfortable reading, and as a parent you may find yourself having to answer some awkward questions that you may not be entirely at ease with, but that is why this book is so important as it looks at what could happen to a young person if they happen to let their guard down for just one moment. In simple terms it looks at the abduction of t ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive?

The Long Weekend is one of those stories
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
The Long Weekend follows the story of Sam and Lloyd, two friends who find themselves in a very scary and very dangerous situation. Sam just started at a new school and was fortunate to find a good friend in Lloyd – someone he can joke around with and not feel like the new kid. One weekend, when their plans go awry, the two make the mistake of getting in a car with a stranger without thinking and the longest weekend of their lives begins. They’re taken to an old secluded mansion and separated fro ...more
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Its a 4.5 Stars!!

Sam and Lloyd, a couple of 11 year olds, hitch a ride in a stranger’s car only to realize that it was the single greatest mistake of their young lives. They are taken to a big, old and creepy mansion and locked up separately. From the very beginning, one thing is clear to both the boys – the man had kidnapped them with cruel intentions. What will happen to them and how will they – if they do manage it – escape from the clutches of their kidnapper? How do they both deal with the
Alex Bennett
Before reading The Long Weekend, I didn’t really know what to expect. The characters are quite young—11—but I knew the story was supposed to be very dark. From what I had heard, people really loved this book. I can certainly see why, I really did enjoy—no, that’s not the right word, but I can’t think of a better one—this book.

From the beginning, this book jumps right into the plot. I was scared for Lloyd and Sam even before it got to the creepy part since I knew what was coming. When they get in
Jesse Owen
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
You know the saying that goes something like don’t get into a strangers car (or even talk to strangers) which young people are always being told. The Long Weekend is really the story of what could happen if this advice isn’t followed.

The story starts when two new friends Sam & Lloyd get into a car mistakenly believing it was the car they should be getting in to – this I can imagine this being a scarily easy mistake to make. The journey starts out fine, the two friends are happy and having wh
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
This book was delightfully creepy, and I hate to use the word 'delightful' with such a sensitive subject matter - but the creep-factor was incredible in this. It was just the right amount without seeming fake or forced in any way.

As a matter of fact, this whole book flowed perfectly well with no sense of discord or falsehood at all. From the characters to what happens to them... everything connected and flowed perfectly. I think the most shocking part to me was how Savita managed to capture an 1
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm relatively new to YA books and with gems like this book from Savita Kalhan it's little wonder came to love this overlooked niche (well, by me anyway as I'm twice the age of the "typical" reader).
Two boys, Sam and Lloyd, are being collected by a stranger after school and what at first seems like a surprise by Lloyds father, soon turns into a nightmare when they realize they've been abducted and they need to find a way out.
I must confess, before I started reading I thought this might turn out
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must admit I never liked reading, I've always thought that reading was boring and a waste of time but after reading The Long Weekend, my thoughts have changed towards reading. I'm so happy that I’ve read The Long Weekend because it was probably the best book I've read this year. It's an absolutely thrilling story that will have you on the edge of your seat. I reckon Sam was very brave for 11 years old boy; he tried his hardest to get himself and his mate out of the mansion. If I was in that si ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
i found this book by chance when i was looking reviews for another one, and i decided to get it, my only regret that it was short, at the beginning i thought I made a mistake choosing it because of the narrating style, that it wont be what i expected, but when the REAL thing started i couldn't put it down till i was sure there was no more typing, you feel as the writer grew up with the protagonist through the pages the narrating feeling different no longer belonging to a child as it did in the s ...more
Marisol Herrera
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
omg this book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was scary because of the reality of the story. I think that every parent should have their children read this book so that they can understand the types of people that are out there and how dangerous it can be. This book is an easy read because you want to finish it and know what is going to happen to Sam and Lloyd. Overall, this book was thrilling and entertaining and recommend for all to read it.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, captivating horror story which I recommend to all readers! Savita Kalhan, you are a genius!

EDIT: This horror book was really interesting. It wasn't really scary but it was good. I don't really read horror books much because after I read the Goosebumps series I didn't read anymore. The endings of that series always ended stupidly and most horror books ends stupidly too, either the main character dies or something dumb happens. But I decided to give this book a try and I wasn't disapp
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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A spectacularly eerie and suspenseful tale, The Long Weekend wastes little time drawing us into the action and putting us on edge as the gravity of Sam and Lloyd's mistake settles over us with a tangible weight we carry with us to the very end. We want so badly to join in the boys' initial denial of their situation, hoping and wishing events will not unravel as we secretly know they will, the incessant tingling of ou
Maxine Mathew
Sam and Lloyd were eager to get home to enjoy a perfect weekend. When the sleek car turned up in front of their school gate, Sam entered it with Lloyd assuming it to be Lloyd’s dad’s car. When they find out that the car belongs to a complete stranger, it is already too late. They have been whisked away to an isolated countryside and are now trapped in an impenetrable mansion at the mercy of a lunatic. While Lloyd remains frozen in fear, Sam knows that it is up to him to get them out of this hell ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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At a Glance
It took me quite some time to get into this book, but once I did I enjoyed it and all its creepy glory.

The Good
After accepting a ride home from a stranger, Sam and Lloyd find themselves trapped in a mansion by a deviant madman. With Lloyd catatonic with fear, it's up to Sam to get them out of this mess. If only there wasn't a twenty foot fence keeping them within the property and within the kidnapper's grasp.

The Long Weekend was pretty go
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour

If this book is ever made into a movie, they are going to have to bring Alfred Hitchcock back from dead. I don't know of single other director who could possibly do the freak-out, scare factor justice.

I usually am underwhelmed by any book publicized to be a 'thriller'; they typically fail to give me that oh-my-gaaawd-look-over-my-shoulder thrill. You can probably tell that I am leading up to this, but let me just declare that The Long Weekend delivers. Paranormal baddies can't compare to
Sam has just started at a new school but has quickly made a new friend in Lloyd and settled in. They have arranged to spend the weekend together but as they are waiting for their parents to turn up it soon becomes clear that there has been a mix up over which house they should be staying in. When a car pulls up the each presume that it is the other's father who has come to collect them and don't think twice about getting in. However, as they drive further out of town they discover that neither o ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Oh. My. God. I'm never reading thrillers again. If thrillers torture you like this? I'm never reading them again!

I mean.... seriously? At times I forgot to breath because I was so caught up in this book. It had me on the edge of my seat, my heart thumping like crazy.

And that is why I don't usually read thrillers. Because I cannot torture myself like that... I just can't...

This book was fudging amazing!! The story was so gripping. "This grip
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The highest compliment I can give Savita Kalhan's book? The Long Weekend made my skin crawl. I'm not generally easily affected by books or movies, but this book had me literally sitting on the edge of the couch and reading with terrified fervor. There is so much pent up action in this book, so much well-written suspense, that you will absolutely not be able to put this book down. If you pick it up, prepare to throw yourself in for the long haul! It's going to be hard for me to review this book w ...more
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
The Long Weekend is an uncompromising thriller which will chill you to the bone and have you breathlessly turning page after page.

Sam has recently started at yet another new school. This time he is hoping to stay put and after a week he makes an exciting friend in Lloyd. They arrange to go to one of their houses after school on Friday. The only trouble is that they can’t remember which set of parents are meant to be collecting them. They wait in the rain outside school for ages until a luxury c
Serendipity Reviews
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that I wish I had known more about before I decided to read it. I had no idea what the main storyline was so I wasn't prepared for the way it opened up my emotions and left me shocked and stunned.

The author has written an extremely powerful, intense psychological thriller which rips your heart out and bleeds you dry. This is one of those books that will stay in your thoughts long after you have read it. She has taken a rather distressing plot line and handled it with
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Long Weekend is unlike anything that I have read and I was completely shocked at it. The storyline, characters, writing, and everything else was completely fabulous. It's not a book I would normally pick up but I am so glad that I did.

Sam doesn't know what he has planned for the weekend but he knows what it doesn't include; being kidnapped with his best friend Lloyd. Sam isn't too worried at first because he knows that Lloyd will come up with a plan for them to escape. Except he doesn't. Ins
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, poc-authors
The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan got right under my skin. My heart was pounding and I was starting to feel really, really anxious. It got to the point where I was so scared, I had to stop reading it and pick the book up again in the daytime - you know, when it's safe. I was SO worried about these boys. What would happen?! A big thanks goes to Michelle Harrison, who kindly sent me a copy of this book.

Sam has just moved to town and he's feeling pretty lucky to have made a friend in Lloyd. He does
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was warned that this gripping and hypnotic thriller would have me reading late into the night, and I can say that it certainly lived up to expectations with the most intensely gripping, unable to put down plot within this genre that I have ever encountered. Reading from daytime and throughout the night I was sucked into an exciting, thrilling story that sent chills down my spine and gave me Goosebumps with every page that I turned. The cover is so striking that it stands out on the bookshelf, ...more
Lucia  The Loyal Book
My Rating would be 3.5

The first thing I thought when I started reading The Long Weekend was 'creepy'! And I mean 'creepy' in a positive way. The idea is simple: two kids get kidnapped and end up in a mansion full of games and food. They don't really realize the danger they are in, not until the night arrives and the kids are separated.

I really liked Sam; he felt real, believable, exactly like a smart eleven-year-old boy would be. He is resourceful and does not let panic and fear overcome him.
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Savita Kalhan was born in India, but now lives in the UK and studied at the University of Wales. She has travelled extensively, and lived in the Middle East for several years, where she taught English.
She is keen on tennis, boxing and running. She is an avid allotmenteer and somehow manages to fit in some writing, reading and blogging too! She now lives in North London with her husband, her son,
“Fear made you cold. It made you tremble. Anger made you hot. It made you want to hurt someone.” 8 likes
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