The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones, 4 Stars

What’s not to love about a book about a group of friends vacationing on a beautiful beach with a fabulous villa. Just reading that kind of book puts me on vacation mode. Luckily, when I’ve gone on vacations, there is usually less drama, but I think that’s actually a terrific thing! And who wants to read the book with no drama? No one!

Praise for Sandie Jones:

“One of the most twisted and entertaining plots.”—Reese Witherspoon on The Other Woman

“A perfect beach read.”—Kristin Hannah on The Other Woman

“A twisty, deliciously fun read.”—Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling co-author of An Anonymous Girl on The Other Woman

“Whiplash-inducing.”—The New York Times Book Review on The Other Woman

“Such fun. You’ll cheer [Emily’s] chutzpah.”—People on The Other Woman

“An addictive, page-turning thriller.”—National Examiner on The First Mistake

“This thriller will hit close to home.”—Refinery29 on The Other Woman

“Excellent . . . Jones delivers a tightly coiled story in The Other Woman and fills it with believable characters.”—Associated Press

“Advice: read this!”—Suspense Magazine on The First Mistake

From the Publisher:

In the vein of the Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick The Other Woman, Sandie Jones’s explosive new novel The Guilt Trip will have readers gripped to the very last page.

They went away as friends.
They came back as suspects.

Rachel and Jack. Paige and Noah. Will and Ali. Five friends who’ve known each other for years. And Ali, Will’s new fiancée.

The three couples travel to Portugal for Ali and Will’s destination wedding. Arriving at the gorgeous clifftop villa, the weekend away is a chance to relax and get to know Ali a little better. A newcomer to their group, she seems perfectly nice and Will seems happy after years of bad choices.

But when Rachel discovers a shocking secret about Ali, everything changes. As the wedding weekend unfolds, the secrets each of them holds begin to spill, and friendships and marriages threaten to unravel.

In Sandie Jones’s explosive new suspense novel, jumping to conclusions can become the difference between life and death.

My Review:

I loved The Guilt Trip. I super identified with both Rachel and Paige. They are older women (I mean, not that old), but forties who are vacationing with their husbands to a gorgeous villa in Portugal for Rachel’s brother-in-law’s wedding. And of course, the bride, is much younger and kind of flawless. Which is a scenario that usually plays out pretty well, right?

You know you are going to have the jealously and every move will be scrutinized. And in The Guilt Trip, it’s no different. There’s speculation about whether Ali is right for Will, if she’s cheated, if she’s even a decent person. And of course when couples are together and there are no children to take their attention or wear them out, drama ensues.

It’s not long before rumors are flying, emotions are high and no one knows what’s going on. And it just takes off even more from there. Just know that some books are good and have an unsatisfying ending. And this is not that. I won’t say much more. This one has got it all- mystery, intrigue, an amazing setting betrayal. And the list goes on.

Special thanks to Netgalley and Minotaur Books for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out today, August 3 and is the perfect book for your late summer getaway. Get your copy:


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