Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2021
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Three couples at a destination wedding in Portugal find themselves torn apart in this story that’s more soap opera than thriller. Rachel and Noah were best friends in college teetering on couplehood, but now Rachel is married to Jack and Noah is married to Paige and the four are still extremely close. At Jack’s brother’s wedding, the over-the-top bride, Ali, rubs everyone the wrong way and Rachel begins to wonder if Ali isn’t more calculating than anyone realizes.
The Guilt Trip is a story built on rumor, innuendo, and the suspense of who’s sleeping with whom. While I enjoyed the characters, the story mostly just winds its way slowly until the dramatic climax, which was a bit overdramatic for my taste.
Rachel and Noah have been friends since they met at university. While they once thought that they might be something more, now, twenty years later, they are each happily married to other people, Jack and Paige respectively. Jack’s brother Will is getting married, to the dazzling, impulsive Ali, and the group of six travel to Portugal for their destination weekend.
As they arrive at a gorgeous villa perched on a cliff-edge, overlooking towering waves that crash on the famous surfing beaches below at Nazaré, they try to settle into a weekend of fun. While Rachel is looking forward to getting to know her future sister-in-law Ali better, Ali can’t help but rub many of the group up the wrong way: Rachel’s best friend Paige thinks Ali is attention-seeking and childish, and while Jack is trying to support his brother Will’s choice of wife, he is also finding plenty to disagree with Noah about.
One fatal misunderstanding . . .
But when Rachel discovers something about Ali that she can hardly believe, everything changes. As the wedding weekend unfolds, the secrets each of them hold begin to spill, and friendships and marriages threaten to unravel. Soon, jumping to conclusions becomes the difference between life and death.
About Sandie Jones
Sandie Jones is a journalist and bestselling author whose works include The Other Woman, The Half Sister, and The Guilt Trip. She currently lives in London. Visit the author’s website →