Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review~The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan

Title: The Long Weekend
Author: Savita Kalhan
Publisher: Andersen Press
Pub Date: November 11th 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 180
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis: Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. 

They were trapped, then separated. 
Now they are alone. 
Will either of them get out alive? 

This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you reading late into the night...


Rating: 9.5/10
Source: I won a signed copy in a giveaway. Thank you to Savita for sending it to me! :)

Cover Talk: The cover is so amazing! It's exactly how I imagined the mansion. It totally corresponds to the atmosphere of the book. It's so creepy that the cover alone gives you the chills! Plus I love the fonts used! And the color scheme. Basically I love the whole cover!

My Thoughts: Oh. My. God. I'm never reading thrillers again. If thrillers torture you like this? I'm never reading them again!

I mean.... seriously? At times I forgot to breath because I was so caught up in this book. It had me on the edge of my seat, my heart thumping like crazy. 

And that is why I don't usually read thrillers. Because I cannot torture myself like that... I just can't...

This book was fudging amazing!! The story was so gripping. "This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you reading late into the night." is true! It did have me reading late into the night. Especially at the end. 

Oh God, I don't even know how review this book. Wait. *deep breath* I'll start again.

I don't usually read this genre. But trying something new doesn't hurt, does it? Actually it does. I found out that me and thrillers don't really mix well. It's not that I don't like them. It's just that I can't torture myself like that. But I'm pretty happy I read this book because I loved it!

The story was really good. And what's scary is that it could happen in real life. The twists and turns were amazing and unexpected and it really kept you reading.

The writing was pretty good too. At times it didn't engage me much but that occurred very few times. And the way it was written, it was really how an 11 year-old must think.

There were only 3 characters in the book and they were well developed and nicely done. I don't think the book needed any more characters. The crazy man was so crazy that I wanted to pick up a shovel myself and   smash his head to pieces! And I was very happy with Sam. He really used his brain well and I was very proud of his courage. I got really angry at Lloyd at times but the poor boy had gone through a lot. And he was so innocent. No wonder he was in such shock. I really felt sorry for him too.

I think the reason this book was so scary is because it was so realistic. I mean, there are actual crazy people, like that man, in this world. I have an 11 year-old brother myself and to have a kid like that go through all this.... hell I couldn't even go through all that! And then the writing made you feel like all of that was happening to you which was why I said it was like torture.

I think The Long Weekend was a great book and if you're a fan of thrillers then you should definitely check it out!

Favorite Quotes:

“Fear made you cold. It made you tremble. Anger made you hot. It made you want to hurt someone.” 

“They sat quietly, shoulder to shoulder, listening to the sound of nothing. Nothing can sound very loud sometimes, louder than noise, even louder than a jumbo jet passing overheard.” 

About The Author:

Savita Kalhan was born in India, but now lives in the UK and studied at the University of Wales. She has traveled extensively, and lived in the Middle East for several years, where she taught English. 
She is keen on tennis, boxing and running. Recently she took up allotment gardening and somehow manages to fit in some writing, reading and blogging too! She is married and has a teenage son.


  1. Hira I'm not a great Thriller fan, but I love your review! I going to have to check this one out! Thanks! :)

    1. Thanks! I'm not much of a thriller fan either, but this book was pretty good! :)


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