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The Weekenders: A Novel (vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Mary Kay Andrews (Tekijä)

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"Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends-and it's something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Weekenders: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Mary Kay Andrews (Tekijä)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2016), Edition: First Edition, 464 pages
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The Weekenders: A Novel (tekijä: Mary Kay Andrews)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 40) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I am always ready for a Mary Kay Andrews book, and I usually listen to her audio books, she makes the miles fly for me, and this read did just that.
From the opening ferry rides, getting ready for changes and the beginning of the summer season. Belle Isle, NC sounds so ideal, made me want to be there. Riley Griggs is on the ferry with her daughter Maggie and heading to big changes in their lives, she is supposed to meet her husband and they are telling their daughter about the life changes.
There are bombshells that keep on dropping and most I didn’t see coming, a murder, financial ruin for many, new love, pre-teen rebellion, and dealing with parents.
There are chuckles and tears, love and hate, and a great escape!
I’m ready for another what I know to be great stories! ( )
  alekee | Jun 2, 2021 |
The Weekenders: A Novel is a nice entertaining book. There was a murder, a hurricane, and lots of life problems. The book is written with a deliberate beginning, middle and conclusion. It is highly recommended for a good escape from one's life. ( )
  lbswiener | May 14, 2021 |
I loved the audiobook. I laughed, cried and just enjoyed the ride. I kind of want to live at Belle Isle. ( )
  hootowl1978 | May 4, 2021 |
This is the first book I have read by this author and I like her style.

Riley takes her 12 yr old, recently diagnosed diabetic daughter to Belle Isle for Memorial Day weekend so that they can start their summer on the island. Wendell, her soon-be-ex, is supposed to meet them at the ferry. Well Wendell doesn't show but oops, guess what's going to happen, anything and everything you can imagine. And Riley has no clue.

Wendell meets a tragic end. Maggy, the daughter is torn apart. Riley is madder than a wet hen as she begins to uncover all Wendell's secrets. Stealing her trust fund (but not really since her dad set it up with Wendell's name on it). Six million gone and no chance of ever getting it back. Oh yea, dear dead hubby has bought up even more of the land on the island for a bigger and better planned hotel/retail development plan.

Evvy, mommie dearest, will not have one bad thing said about dearly departed Wendell. (She's stuck in the 1950's where a woman was defined by the man she married and the manner he kept her). Billy, the jazz pianist brother, has fallen off the wagon big time and his partner Scott has no idea how to get through to him. Parrish the best friend and co-pilot for all Riley not so legals hijinxs on the way to find the truth just doesn't want to end up in jail. Then we have Nate...the guy who ruined the debutante ball by getting drunk and vomiting on Riley's ball gown. Still haven't forgiven the guy for that. Aunt Roo....not sure the elevator reaches the top floor on her....but damn if she ain't a hoot to listen to, bless her heart.

We get to go through some of the stages of grief. Maggy dealing with it in her own way and putting herself in danger with a stupid stunt for a diabetic. I do appreciate the handling of that and how dangerous not taking care of yourself can be. Also, she's 12 that's got to be one heck of a life adjustment. Will an old boyfriend earn forgiveness and bring happiness to a newly widowed woman who just a tad bitter? Can anyone stop the force of nature that is Evvy....I know there are some mama's that get into all aspects of their kids lives but this woman takes the cake. Can you imagine her planning Wendell's funeral because it has to be appropriate for the important man that he was? (Can you say not living on Belle Isle the the Isle of Denial?)

I was not expecting the killer to be who it turned out to be. Or the hurricane at the end to tie everything up in a neat little package. Still in all worth my time. Will try out a couple more books and see how I like them. ( )
  ChachaJ | Feb 1, 2021 |
I may have shaken my head a hundred times while reading this book. I just don't even know what to say. The POV changes multiple times (we have the main female character, Riley, her brother, and her love interest from when she was a teenager, Nate, and Riley's best friend whose name eludes me right now).

The flow was tedious and trying to loop a romance in with a mystery ultimately did not work. I think Andrews was going towards a more cozy mystery feel, and there was just too much going on for any one genre she was aiming for to fully work. Good news is that I was able to whiz through this book. Probably because I did not sit and think too hard at the implausible plots.

Riley, her 12 year old daughter Maggy (seriously the spelling of people's names in this book was maddening) and her husband are supposed to go to the family summer get away on Belle Isle, North Carolina. Belle Isle is a place for the truly rich (when you hear how much some of the homes cost I was left gobsmacked) and for those who want to pretend to be part of the in crowd for summer. Readers quickly find that not all things are as they seem in Riley's life and when she is left dealing with the aftermath of goings on that her husband did not tell her about, Riley is left trying to put everything back together.

Here's the thing. I was sympathetic to a certain extent to Riley. But, she's supposedly 41 I think at the beginning of this novel. And I had a hard time really mustering up any sympathy when you find out what was going on right under her nose that she had no idea about. Also Riley's family (her mother and brother) also not that bright. I don't want to give too much away. But all of them just allowed themselves to be taken advantage of, though in Riley's brother's case, he had no real choice. So everyone trying to defend the guilty party was a bit too much for me.

Speaking of Riley's brother, his whole story-line was a do not pass go for me at all. I really hated how the ending shook out with no real repercussions for what this character did.

Same issue I had with Riley's daughter. She was nasty from the beginning almost to the end. Since these are fictional characters you can't tell Riley that she's allowing herself to be stepped all over by her mother and daughter, but she was throughout the book. I also didn't see a real change between them almost to the end when the two of them were trying to go on from things.

I honestly wish that Andrews had left the romance out of the book, because I could not stand the character of Nate at all. He was overbearing and I too thought it was tacky with how fast Andrews had this character and Riley run around all in love with each other. Nate trying to police Maggy rubbed me wrong too. I just think there was a lot going on there and trying to slap two people together like this with nothing in common really didn't work.

I don't know why Andrews included the best friend in this at all. I felt like I was supposed to be reading between the lines with her and her husband and just gave up.

The writing was not really working for me at all. Due to the character of Maggy having diabetes I hope you like reading about her food restrictions and how much she tests her blood. It was just boring. Same with the constant fighting between that character and Riley. And Riley snooping to undercover nefarious goings on and her starting to catch feelings for Nate. There was no real build up to anything. You are just told things.

The flow was off once the mystery aspect of things entered into the main story. You go from a breezy beach romance read to a darker storyline that Andrews could not pull off.

The setting of Belle Isle read as a place for the filthy rich to go. I honestly could not get over how much this family was throwing around their money. There never seemed to be any place that they could all go to besides riding the ferry back and forth.

The ending made me shrug both shoulders. I still don't get what Riley's job is at all. Andrews was so light on details, but happy ending here we come. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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"Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends-and it's something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything"--

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