Review + giveaway: The Long Weekend – Savita Kalhan

Title: The Long Weekend
Author: Savita Kalhan
Publication date: November 11, 2008
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781842708460
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.


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  1. Jennifer | Book Den says

    I’ve been seeing this one around lately, and it sounds really good. Thanks for hosting a giveaway for it! I’m glad you mentioned it didn’t scare you as much as you thought it would. That helps my expectations going into it.

  2. Silvana says

    Hi Vicky
    Interesting review,till now I don’t read any YA thrillers here is my chance to do this.
    Have a nice time,:o)

  3. Tiffany says

    I haven’t read a lot of teen thrillers, actually none that come to mind, but I desperately want to. But including adult thrillers, I have to go with Stephen King because he is by far the creepiest!

  4. michelle says

    I love the cover and the book and this alone would make me want to pick up a copy.
    My favourite suspense/thriller writer has to be Stephen King.

  5. crystalfulcher says

    I enjoyed your review and your insight into the fact that it did not creep you out completely but that it is good and scary. Your other question got me thinking, I’m not sure of a good YA suspense writer (it doesn’t seem I have read many books in this genre in YA) but I would love for someone to point some out to me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. sienni says

    to be honest, i usually restrict my YA to fantasy. and my fave in this genre is rick riordan and eoin colfer.

  7. Nadia says

    I’ve never heard of this book, but after reading your post, I’m glad I have. It sounds like such a good read! I love how different the two boys are, but that no matter what they stick together (as they should). I’m itching to find out what happens to them in that mansion! What a great giveaway – thanks!!

    • says

      I agree, Nadia! :) I loved that element about this book – it was really interesting to see that even though they’re only 11, they’re completely different and how differently they react to danger.

  8. Sezzy says

    I love Suzanne Collins! I recently read the Hunger Games after not being so sure about them, and ended up falling in love with them 😉

    • says

      I’m the same as you, Sezzy! :) I haven’t read The Hunger Games yet but I want to know what the hype is about. I’m usually quite sceptical when I first pick up these bestsellers but we’ll see. I hope it lives up to my expectations. 😀 x

      • Sezzy says

        I’ve read other books that had SO much hype surrounding them, and to me they were blah! lol! I can totally understand your hesitation regarding the Hunger Games, but when you can squeeze them in around your review books, I promise they are worth it! 😉 Hehe!

  9. Madison says

    This book sounds so interesting thank you for the option to win it! I would love to read it but have to wait and see.

  10. PuttPutt1198Eve says

    I love Michael Grant (The Gone series) and Brandon Mull (The Fablehaven series and now the Beyonders)

  11. alicia marie ezell says

    I don’t know that I’ve read any YA thriller or suspense books, but this one sounds like a good one to start with : )

  12. Megan Reti says

    Ooh, this sounds really creepy. Abduction is one of the creepiest things and will be one of my biggest fears when I become a parent! It scarier because it can actually happen (not saying vampires don’t exist or anything…)

  13. Ab Shepherd says

    Love your blog and what a great giveaway! My favorite YA author is not really a thriller author, but it would have to be James Marsden who wrote the Tomorrow series.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Ab! His name doesn’t ring a bell but I’ll make sure to check out this series – I love getting book recommendations, thanks! 😉

  14. Cindy C Bennett says

    I love a good scary book, so I’ve added this one to my TBR.

    My favorite suspense writers (not YA however) are Dean Koontz and of course Stephen King.

    • says

      Same here! :) Have you read Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz? I haven’t read anything by this author yet but I quite like the sound of this book.

  15. Vicky B. says

    Nice review! I like a good thriller and I’m glad this wasn’t as unsettling to you as others thought it was. I don’t think I could get into it knowing that.. especially thinking of how young the characters are in the story. I guess that’s the mother in me. After reading your review I think I’ll go ahead and give this one a try.

  16. Rachelia says

    I haven’t read a ton of YA thriller/suspense (I usually read adult thriller/suspense) but I recently loved William Richter’s DARK EYES and I’m looking forward to what he will write next.

  17. Leah Gonzalez says

    The book does sound creepy scary and interesting. I would read this! I love the cover!

  18. Sabrina says

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! i’m excited for the chance to win. if not it’s still going on my TBR list

  19. Jenny Juckes says

    This sounds like a really good book Vicky. Thank for the review and giveaway 😀 Jenny – Chocolate Chunky Munkie

  20. Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews says

    oh, great review! I’m more than intrigued by this book, and have been since I saw somebody else’s review a few months ago, ha! Love the cover, but didn’t realize it was such a small book! That does make for a quick read. :)

    Beth Revis writes interesting thrillers, if you count her sci-fi mysteries having a thriller element. :) thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Annisa Pratiwi says

    I have never heard about those book, because I never know it from anybody or someone else. In this time, Im knowing it from you, Thank You..
    I really want to study english more by read some books, so all the books are okay for me.. :)
    Thank you.. :)

  22. Ruth Benitez says

    I’m glad you said it’s not very creepy, because after reading the plot, I thought it was that way! Great giveaway! I’d be very interested in reading this book.

  23. Carina Olsen says

    Ohh, this seems like an awesome book 😀 My favorite Teen authors are Veronica Roth and Kristin Cashore. <3

  24. Carly @ Fiction Fascination says

    Thanks for the giveaway, Vicky :) Your review has intrigued me, I have never read a YA thriller/suspense book so I don’t have a favourite. But it is a genre I would love to get into. :)

  25. Dori says

    I’ve never heard of this book before but it sounds pretty good. My only problem is that thrillers for young adults don’t have as many details and action as the adult ones have.. But I think I’ll give this a try one day :)

    • says

      Good point! That’s what I found a little bit different when I was reading this book. It was great, don’t get me wrong, and it still kept me on the edge of my seat but if you compare this to adult thrillers then you realize that there’s something missing. :) That being said, I’d still recommend this one, I really enjoyed it :)

      • Dori says

        I’m definitely have to read this one after your recommendation! If you say it’s still enjoyable without those adult thriller elements, I have to give this a try!
        Thank you for your answer :)

  26. Laurie Carlson says

    Sometimes it feels like a let-down when you think the book is going to scare the heck out of you and it doesn’t. Although this book DOES sound VERY interesting!! I would definitely like to read it! Who knows what they find in that mansion! I could see my son reading this book before Halloween and then have him to go a haunted house! He’d be SO scared to go to the haunted house with a little concern in the back of his mind if he would or wouldn’t get OUT of the house!! LOL! This is neat that it would appeal to YA boys! I don’t think there are enough books that appeal to the guys out there! This one hits the mark! The cover is very appealing, too! Nice review! I like how you wrote it. Thanks for the giveaway chance!
    Laurie Carlson

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