Title: The Long Weekend
Author: Savita Kalhan
Publication date: November 11, 2008
Publisher: Andersen Press
Length: 180 pages
Genre: YA thriller
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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?
The Long Weekend is one of those stories that you can easily read in one sitting: partly because it’s a relatively short book and partly because the plot is so intriguing that it is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Even though I was quite sceptical at first, it did wow me in the end.
The book tells the story of two eleven-year-old boys who get picked up after school by a seemingly rich guy but little do they know that they are heading towards a deserted area in the Hertfordshire countryside, towards a huge, desolate mansion. Their long car ride soon turns into a nightmare when they find themselves locked up, with no escape routes whatsoever.
To be honest, I’ve heard many people say how creepy and unsettling this book is so I was literally prepared for the worst and scariest things when I picked this book up. But interestingly, I didn’t find it as shocking as I thought I would, or at least not to such an extent that it should bother me or put me off. It was scary and I would think twice before I let my teenage children read it but it didn’t affect me as much as I thought it would. Having said that, it definitely is a quick read, a real-page turner that you will find hard to put down.
It was interesting that even though she doesn’t go into too much details concerning the two characters’ personalities, (it would be quite a challenge to do that in 180 pages), Kalhan still manages to create a startling and utterly riveting story. I like the fact that the two boys couldn’t be any more different but they still stick together and do whatever they can to stay alive. I like how Lloyd gives in and seemingly accepts the fact that he’s trapped and is never going to get out alive, while Sam is determined to find a way out. And that’s where the story gets really interesting.
The Long Weekend is guaranteed to render the younger audience speechless – it’s gripping, it’s heart-pounding, and it will be hard to put it down once you start reading it. All in all, I really enjoyed it.