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The Reunion: An utterly gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist Paperback – February 6, 2018
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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 love Sue Fortin, Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train, this psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.
What readers are saying about Samantha Hayes:
‘Soooooooooooooo worth a read! WOW. Gob-smacked! Absolutely fantastic!’ Cusaklover, 5 stars
‘This clever thriller is utterly brilliant and you'll race through to the shocking ending. Warning - it's a sleep-stealer!’ Closer, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow and wow again. This was definitely the best read of the year.’ Pipsqueak, 5 stars
‘Just when you think you’ve figured things out, watch out for the twist!’ Cosmopolitan, 5 stars
‘Wow! What a stunning book. This book really knocked the stuffing out of me. One of the best psychological suspense books I've ever read.’ Kimberly 1, 5 stars
‘I carried this around until the last, horrifying, sentence; thought about it all for an hour or so, and went happily right back to the beginning and read it again!’ Katherine Kirby, 5 stars
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- Publisher : Bookouture (February 6, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 178681305X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786813053
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.87 x 7.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #891,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It quickly turns into the reunion from hell, partly because of continued grief and guilt they all feel for her younger sister, Lenni, who went missing 21 years ago at the age of 13.
Claire is an estate agent married to a successful surgeon, Callum, who’s 10 years older than her. They have a son, Marcus, 18, and a daughter, Amy, 6, they had struggled for years to conceive.
Claire’s brother, Jason, now married to Greta, his very pregnant wife, who's expecting twins, has been batting his own demons for years and hasn't has anything to do with their father, Patrick, who couldn't be bothered to help him years ago when he was struggling with addiction, homelessness, unemployment, late onset grief, and guilt.
Claire hasn't seen her old wild friend, Maggie, who moves from boyfriend to the next to keep a roof over her and her teenage daughter, Rain’s, head. Rain’s father is a well-known politician, married with kids, who pays for Rain’s expensive boarding school only because Maggie insists/blackmails him. Rain gets to go on expensive trips across Europe and in NYC with her rich schoolmates, but would rather have her mother's love and attention. She hides it well with her cursing and hurtful remarks, just as she covers her bulimia.
Nick, the other childhood friend, has always had a crush on Claire. He's a chef in the process of renovating and opening a new restaurant. His childhood friends don't question him about his wife and daughter who don't come to the reunion with him. Callum is jealous of the attention Nick pays to Claire.
Then one of them goes missing and people remember the sister’s disappearance from 21 years ago and wonder if there's a connection.
I liked the storyline and the pace of the story and read it in one sitting. There were a couple editing errors, variations of...”to be honest” 10 times and 2 really obnoxious uses of ”...let out the breath he hadn't realised he’d been holding.” page 123 and ”...letting out the breath she seemed to have been holding forever.” Ugh! Stop it!!!
When the truth came out, Lenni’s disappearance, and the way it was carried out were not very realistic. Nor did it make sense to move a rape victim back into the same home in which she'd been raped, whether or not her rapist was there.
But I do like the way this author writes and have just bought 4 more of her books
Claire's father had always been a big part of Claire's and her brother's lives, as well as a second father to her friends. Claire.wanted to have a Reunion with those old friends who had spent many hours at her house for her father. Patrick had been a big part of their lives and "just maybe" doing things with him may help his memory!!
Before the guests arrived, Claire started getting strange phone calls where someone would just hold the phone. And then one message was left that said, "I know where she is".
Maggie, Claire's best friend, brought her 15 year old daughter, Rain, who had a BIG chip on her shoulder. Rain spent most of her life at boarding school, hardly seeing her mother and NEVER seeing her farther! She thought Claire's son, Marcus and his mates were country hicks and so far beneath her and her friends. Saturday night Marcus and his mates were going to a party in another town and they took Rain along. Marcus' father took all the kids to the party and dropped them off He gave Rain some money to get back home . But there was no party!! They went to a pub and got drunk. Rain left the boys . Luckily Marcus had enough money in his account that he could get them back home.
The next day, everyone spent the day at the beach, but Rain never returned to the house. After searching for her her mother finally called the police. The police question the group and search the area, finding some clues. Then suddenly Lenni shows up after close to 20 years and helps with the search for Rain.
This is not the first book that I have read by Ms. Hayes. She has a great talent for leading you to an ending that you would not have expected. She can definitely write a great "WHO DONE IT?" mystery.
Spoiler alert: While the villain comes as a surprise, it’s also unbelievable/unconvincing.
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I have read many books by Samantha Hayes and have enjoyed them so was looking forward to this one. I really am on the fence whether I enjoyed it or not.
The story was interesting and very easy to read. I was racing through really wanting to know the why's and why nots. The story was plausible but at times didn't ring true. I don't want to say what my big question is and why it didn't make sense as it would be a big spoiler.
The whole idea of getting all theses people together for this reunion with secrets that will come out at times reminded me of an 'Agatha Christie' style crime, people together, but which one was it.
Overall an enjoyable read at times, other times I was frustrated especially with the big reveal. Not a massive twist but things become clear as everything is explained. An average read for me.
Very good book, I really enjoyed the setting, characters and narrative
This was a hyped and highly recommended book so maybe that’s why I expected so much more.
But for me it was far too slow to get going, the characters were oh so smug, and I guessed who the bad guy was very early on.
Lastly (!) I found it hard to like or gel with any of the characters.
Not for me sorry.
The premise of the story promised so much but failed to deliver and the final conclusion fell flat. Overall there were two many storylines that went no where. Did I care if Jason and his dad reunited? No. Did I care about Rains eating disorder? No.
Disappointing when so much could have been achieved with this storyline.