The Weekend Escape by Rakie Bennett

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The Weekend Escape by Rakie Bennett

Published:  October 8, 2021 by Harper Collins/One More Chapter


Reason I chose to Read this Book:  It looked interesting, and she is a new author (for me).


The Weekend Escape by Rakie Bennett is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Harper Collins/One More Chapter (and in particular Sara Roberts for sending me a widget),  and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Six friends decide on a deserted island for a reunion.  Lyndsey, Juliet, Bobbie, Val, Amanda and Sonia.

Juliet has always wanted to return to Shell Island.  She set the whole thing up, and has an itinerary that has the group busy every hour of the day for the entire long weekend.  They are going to do things they haven’t done since school, and most will include climbing.

But from the moment they arrive, they find that this island is no paradise, and when one has an “accident” shortly after arriving, Juliet’s plans get cast aside.  It seems like they are being targeted.  But is it someone outside their group, or is it one of their own that means them harm?

As things fall apart, the friends start picking on each other,  and nothing is safe.  Their secrets and past come out.


My Opinions:   

This was a LOT better than I had anticipated.  I’ve read a number of “stuck on an island” books in the last couple of years, but this one was really good.

The story is told from their first event on the island,  and then through the hours/days leading up to the end.  It’s progression revealed more and more about the characters.  It is told from the perspective of Lyndsey from start to finish, which was rather interesting since she had no clue as to social norms.

The characters were intriguing, if not too likable.  There was typical cattiness among the women, which I did not really enjoy.  The book looks at how closely we really know our friends, and do we really trust them.  It also looked at being able to trust your own thoughts.

I admit to figuring out who the perpetrator was, but it was still very good.

The writing was great, the plot fairly unique, and the action non-stop.  I absolutely loved the ending!

Read: October, 2021


About The Author:  Rakie Bennett (Rachel Bennett) is a British author who also writes under the name Rakie Krieg.  She currently lives on the Isle of Man with her husband and two sons, as well as an “angry cat”. 

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I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads:


Have you read it?  Do you plan to?  Tell me your thoughts…do you agree or disagree with my assessment?  Either way, I’d love to know.





4 thoughts on “The Weekend Escape by Rakie Bennett

  1. Carol Geraghty says:

    Great review Kat! I have this one on my TBR. I wondered whether I had read too many similar books already so I was happy you answered that question.


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