Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE: 29 June 2021

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Format: Paperback

Pages: 403




Six friends.

Rachel and Noah have been friends since they met at university. While they once thought that they might be something more, now, twenty years later, they are each happily married to other people, Jack and Paige respectively. Jack’s brother Will is getting married, to the dazzling, impulsive Ali, and the group of six travel to Portugal for their destination weekend.

Three couples.

As they arrive at a gorgeous villa perched on a cliff-edge, overlooking towering waves that crash on the famous surfing beaches below at Nazaré, they try to settle into a weekend of fun. While Rachel is looking forward to getting to know her future sister-in-law Ali better, Ali can’t help but rub many of the group up the wrong way: Rachel’s best friend Paige thinks Ali is attention-seeking and childish, and while Jack is trying to support his brother Will’s choice of wife, he is also finding plenty to disagree with Noah about.

One fatal misunderstanding . . .

But when Rachel discovers something about Ali that she can hardly believe, everything changes. As the wedding weekend unfolds, the secrets each of them hold begin to spill, and friendships and marriages threaten to unravel. Soon, jumping to conclusions becomes the difference between life and death.





Thank you to Pan Macmillan for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Rachael is headed to a destination wedding for her husband’s brother, together with her husband, their friends’ Noah and Paige, and the bride to be Ali.  Ali is the ultimate over the top party girl and gets on everyone’s nerves, but surely they can put that aside while they holiday in a stunning house in Portugal.  Except, Ali’s grating personality isn’t all that’s going wrong on this holiday.  With secrets and suspicions mounting at every turn, it’s only a matter of time before one of them cracks. 

The Guilt Trip had SO many twists and unexpected reveals!  Almost everyone had a secret here and the author did such a great job of making sure each character was well defined enough that I could keep track of who was trying to discover what (although not who was hiding what, because I was often treated to a surprise the moment I was sure I knew what was going on!)  I found this a real page turner and an easy thriller to get lost in.  I did find myself eternally frustrated by Rachael’s ability to dig herself further and further into misery, instead of simply confronting some of the other characters and asking for the truth though.  The sheer inability of any of the characters to sort out misunderstandings between them did leave me wanting to bang their heads together on occasion 😄  

A fun and drama filled domestic thriller, with an explosive ending.  This was my first book by Sandie Jones but I’ll be looking out for some of her others now!






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