The Guilt Trip, Sandie Jones

With her brother-in-law, Will, getting married, Rachel is looking forward to some time away. The location in Portugal is idyllic, even if her best friend Paige is constantly poking fun at the bride-to-be. Ali is a sweet girl if a bit of an over exaggerator. But she’s looking forward to marrying Will; he’s the love of her life. Unfortunately, it all sounds a little too perfect, especially because secrets keep coming, and they don’t stop.

This was a hard cast of characters to like, and Ali was the only one I rooted for. I didn’t really care for Rachel. She spent an excessive amount of time dwelling on certain issues rather than just asking. I can’t picture anyone would torture themselves over what-ifs instead of just having the backbone to ask. Paige was an instigator who just kept feeding into Rachel’s suspicions. Rachel, who goes through life with her head in the sand, lets her keep egging the situation on.

But the thing is, Jones wrote these unlikable characters well. She based this interesting storyline around a challenging cast. While I had a few things figured out, it didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the storyline at all. It’s okay to see the plot twist coming and still enjoy the story. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along.

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The Guilt Trip is available on Amazon for $14.99.

About the Book:

Six friends.

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.

Three couples.

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.

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