“They were all there the day your sister went missing.
Who is lying? Who is next?
THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.
Eleanor never came back.
NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.
When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…
If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.”
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the blog today and to my stop on The Reunion blog tour which I share with the fabulous Meggy over at Chocolate’n’Waffles. The Reunion is written by Samantha Hayes and was published by Bookouture on 9th February 2018.
Tragedy struck Claire and her family one sunny day at the beach when her thirteen-year-old sister, Lenni went missing. The family has suffered on a daily basis since that traumatic day, always hoping Lenni will find her way home, but secretly knowing that it is more likely Lenni died all those years ago. Despite the heartbreak of the past, Claire still remembers her childhood fondly. She is particularly fond of recounting how involved in her childhood her father was, how he was almost a surrogate father to many of her friends. But Patrick, her father, is ill. Having being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s all Claire and her family can do is watch their father fade away. But Claire has an idea. She plans to organise a reunion, an opportunity to talk, reminisce and remember the good times and hopefully help Patrick feel a little better, particularly as Patrick’s wife plans to sell the farm as soon as possible. So Claire contacts her group of friends; Maggie her best friend, Jason her younger brother who has been estranged from the family for a number of years and Nick, her first love and the one who got away. With the best intentions, she hopes to have a fun-filled week at the family’s idyllic Cornish farm remembering happy times. But how long can the secrets remain hidden? After all, the group of friends were all present that fateful day Lenni went missing. And someone knows something…
I found The Reunion to be an interesting and enjoyable read. It’s a slow burn of a tale and I enjoyed meeting Hayes’s strong cast of characters, soaking up the dramatic and dreamy setting and searching for the elusive clues as to what happened to Lenni on that heartbreaking day. I must say, however, and I’m sure I will be in the minority on this one but Claire, our main protagonist, got on my nerves. She came across to me as too eager, too darn subservient, and a little too naive for my tastes. I also hated her husband, Callum, and was desperate for her to stand up to this misogynistic @rs3 of a man. Grr. But I always think that’s the sign of a good writer, someone who can make you feel real emotion whether it be positive or negative for their characters. Other characters I absolutely loved.
The tagline of this book is ‘an utterly gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist’. And oh my gosh, it is rather spectacular. I didn’t see that coming at all and despite finishing reading The Reunion last week I am still living that twist on a fairly regular basis. It’s the kind of shock to the system that I LOVE in my thrillers, plus it adds an extra dollop of darkness to the story. Absolutely flipping brilliant!
Would I recommend this book? I would. It’s a strong psychological thriller with a killer twist. Great characters, a breathtaking setting and if you like a slow build to a staggering conclusion then you will absolutely love it. I would happily pick up another book written by Samantha Hayes and get lost in her words.
Four out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of The Reunion. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
The Reunion by Samantha Hayes was published in the UK by Bookouture on 9th February 2018 and is available in paperback and eBook formats (please note, the following Amazon links are affiliate links) | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |
Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.
When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.