Title: The Last Weekend
Author: Laura DiSilverio
Published: 8 September 2017
Publisher: Midnight Ink
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 killer in their midst. The remaining friends make a pact to unearth the truth, but suspicion, doubt, and old secrets threaten to tear them apart. Unsure who to trust, Laurel puts herself in harm’s way, risking it all for friendship and long-delayed justice.
I was getting a tad bit tired of reading historical romance as it lead me to truly believe that I will soon be swept off my feet by a 6’2 half naked gorgeous species of man with baby blue eyes and golden brown curly hair which in my sad depressing reality WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
So, I went on my way and read ‘The Last Weekend’ by Laura DiSilverio annnndddd I was left feeling disappointed, unsatisfied and confused.
Why you might ask? Let me explain away…
The first obstacle that stood in my way to fully enjoying the book was the fake friendship all of the women (Laurel, Dawn, Geneva and Ellie) had with Eva. At first, when the friendship started out it was honest enough but as time went on it is very obvious that the bond of friendship had slowly deteriorated away. This deterioration was mainly caused by Eva being a class A bitch whereby she poisoned, manipulated and sabotaged her own best friends whereby each action done upon them made Eva have some sort of power over them. This is like Littlefinger and Varys level of manipulation.
Eva manipulating her friends is one thing but the fact that these ‘friends’ knew how she really was and still remained friends was the true obstacle that made me stop in my tracks. I am a person who values my friendships hence why I don’t have an assortment of friends so for me when somebody betrays me they are completely cut off from my life and essentially to me you do not exist in my realm of existence thus I truly cannot comprehend why these smart women allowed themselves to still be friends with a viper of a woman that is Eva.
There was no redeeming quality for Eva that made me try to understand why the women are still friends with her. This is not Game of Thrones nobody will get their head chopped off if they break off their friendships so why indeed are they still friends?
Had the situation of each woman been like Laurels situation where she was essentially blackmailed to be still be friends then I can somewhat empathize and understand but for the others I see no reason why after what Eva did to them individually that they still continue with this charade.
Another obstacle that was stacked against me was the unfortunate circumstance that was the formatting of my ebook in my Kindle. The formatting confused me somewhat as I can never tell which POV am I reading which also lends to the fact that I felt that all the POV’s are so similar I can never differentiate them and thus this point leads the way to the last obstacle that made it very hard to truly enjoy this book which was the writing.
The writing wasn’t at all bad by all means but neither did it make me interested in the plot nor the characters. The writing and writing style fell flat for me and the only reason why I finished the book was because as a plot driven reader I wanted to know what happened.
At the end of the day when I finished the book I was left unsatisfied as I truly could care less about the characters and in my mind somebody should have shoved Eva off a building years ago and maybe throw a brick on her head after that for good measure.
*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review