Published: 28/01/2015
ISBN: 9781784621445
eISBN: 9781784627942
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Jane E James enjoys living the ‘good life’ in the countryside with her husband and four dogs. She likes being a little bit mysterious too, like her books.... read more

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The Long Weekend
by Jane E. James

Hazel Ladd has spent her whole life hiding the love she feels for one of her daughters and disguising the hatred she feels for the other.

She wondered why it didn’t hurt more. Surely the guilt alone should have her crawling, with bloody knees, on the sand?

After fifteen years apart, they all meet up for a long weekend. Hazel’s guilty secret is finally torn from her and the long-anticipated family reunion ends in disaster, with chilling results.

The novel is set against the haunting backdrop of a wintry Norfolk coastline and a remote lighthouse that overlooks the bleak North Sea. Making sandcastles has never been so dangerous in this dark, creepy and multi-layered mystery, where nothing is what it seems and whose troubled female protagonist starts to lose her grip on reality, putting her family’s lives in danger. This is a disturbing portrayal of a deeply complex mother, whose longed-for family reunion with her two estranged daughters goes horribly wrong.

All she’d ever tried to do was protect her daughters from the truth...

The Long Weekend explores the theme of maternal love and how the ‘sins of the mother’ affect the daughters. It also focuses on how dysfunctional patterns repeat across generations. Jane E. James weaves gothic and supernatural elements through her novel to create a truly chilling read that will appeal particularly to fans of mystery novels.

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The emotions in this story felt very real to me as I could relate to Hazel's dysfunctional relationship with her children and know from personal experience what it's like to be estranged from one's own children. The reason I based the novel in Hunstanton is because it conjures up bleak, grey, wintry days that entirely suited my main character's mood. After the book was completed I visited Hunstanton again and retraced Hazel's steps just as she does in the book, taking in the lighthouse, the north beach, the funfair and the churchyard. It made my spine tingle at times because it felt as if she was trying to relive that same long weekend all over again, this time through me.

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I am not an avid book reader but this is a must read; certainly one of those books where you cannot put it down and I actually spent nearly a whole day of my holiday unable to close the cover!! Author certainly has an excellent imagination and writes in a most convincing style to have you believing every bit of the story. A gripping story, some sad, some funny with a real twist at the end. Jane E James had certainly done her homework on Hunstanton and knowing the area she had it spot on.
Can’t wait for the next novel from her. Highly recommended.

by Sandy

I love thrillers but this book did not live up to it's promise.Very slow and tedious, more of a family drama than a thriller.Won't be buying anymore of this writer's books.

by Sandra


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