That Weekend by Kara Thomas
Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip – what could go wrong?
It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it’s clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours.
Three went up the mountain, but only one came back.
Now everyone wants answers – most of all, Claire. She remembers Friday night, but after that… nothing. And now Kat and Jesse – her best friends – are missing.
That weekend changes everything.
What happened on the mountain? And where are Kat and Jesse? Claire knows the answers are buried somewhere in her memory, but as she’s learning, everyone has secrets – even her best friends. And she’s pretty sure she’s not going to like what she remembers.
It’s Kara Thomas, so I knew I would love this one. Be prepared to give yourself time because you’re not going to want to put this one down.
It’s always hard to review these books without giving anything away. There are always twists that keep you guessing. We know right away that Claire survived some type of attack and her friends were missing. Claire’s best friend was Kat. Jesse was her other best friend. Kat, the girl who got everything, was dating Jesse. Claire was in love with him and it was hard for her to be around them now. But after a break up with her boyfriend, Claire decides that she’ll still go on a secret camping trip with them the weekend of prom. Claire was rescued after a head injury and she lost two days of time. There were no memories and it drove her crazy. There was an ongoing search for Kat & Jesse and Claire blamed herself for not being able to help. Kat’s family implied that Jesse probably killed Kat and then himself. They didn’t want them together. But Claire even started to wonder if she did something. Could that be in her somehow? Or was there a stranger that tried to kill all of them and Claire somehow got away. Claire got help and then went to school. But things were never ok for her, no matter what she did. Too much time was missing and she needed to figure out what happened that weekend.
As with most of Kara’s books, I found it hard to really like the characters. They are always flawed. But there were a lot of things I liked about Claire. She was terrified, but strong and determined. She felt real. That final twist was pretty disturbing, but so good, too.
I gave this book 5 stars. Warnings for drinking, drug use, dealing, abuse, talk of sex, blood, memory loss, death of a parent, other deaths, an accident, depression, and anxiety.
Have you read this yet? Is it on your TBR?