Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan

The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan
Published by Andersen Press
Date Published: October 2, 2008
Rating: 4/5
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.
The Long Weekend tells the story of Sam and Lloyd who accept a ride home together after school. But instead of being taken home, they are taken to this mansion on the outskirts of town. They soon realize that they had in fact been kidnapped after they heard the lock in the door turn closed. The seemingly calm, nice man leading them around soon goes mad and begins a weekend from hell that left these two eleven year old kids battered, bruised, and scared as they fought for their lives and tried to escape.

When I first heard of this book, I was really intrigued because I love thriller books! Anything that will keep me on edge or momentarily freaked out while reading is great! Nothing captures my attention more than the deep seeding feeling and need to escape. I've just always loved it from reading Shattered by Dean Koontz a d House by Ted Dekker while I was in high school.

But the thing that's different about this is the fact that these boys are so young. Imagine if you were only 11 years old and found yourself in their situation. You have minimal life experience and I doubt highly that you'd be a black belt in karate. Good luck surviving a mad lunatic of a man who is constantly trying to attack you. But Savita pulled it off beautifully and in such a short spans of pages.

Though I did find some wording and phrases a bit redundant (i.e. she.mentioned at least 3-4 times that Sam like spiders as he was touching cobwebs) but other than that, this book was fast-paced, thrilling, and definitely gripping! She also did a great job at showing the emotional trauma of these pre-teens from going through this and their struggles at keeping their heads above water.

On the end, I'm not always a big fan of Epilogue's as it may lead to "happily ever after" but I assure you this wasn't the case. In her epilogue, she describes life after this I tense ordeal and it excruciating to read (in a good way, of course). This was a great and thrilling book that will cause your heart to race, stop, and skip a few beats. Do be sure and check it out and get your thrill on!

1 comment:

  1. I immediately thought about their age when you started, but interesting to know the author pulled it off. Very lasting effects I would imagine though being that young, as you say, with usually minimal coping and life experiences. Good to know you enjoyed it and got YOUR thrill on. :)