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Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends - and it's something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found.

She turns to her island friends for help and support, but all of them have their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

©2016 Whodunnit, Inc. (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Don't waste your weekend

A book marketed as "a great summer read" should be somewhat enjoyable. This was almost unbearable. My ears are still ringing from the bratty 12 year old (completely unbelievable character) and her nagging, doormat mother. By the time you find out who-done-it...you don't care (you will have figured it out anyway). Nothing about this book was believable or enjoyable.

Kathleen McInerney...next time your agent gives you a book with a whiny teenager and old women, say no. You're a fave, but this was a bust!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Unbearably boring.

I really disliked this book. It was so insanely boring. Nothing ever happens until the last 15 mins or so. It's just a woman complaining about her life for 60+ chapters. Definitely would not recommend.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Very Disappointing!

What about Kathleen McInerney’s performance did you like?

I really liked the narrator. It was the only reason that I finished the book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment! I have read every one of Mary Kay Andrew's books and have really enjoyed them. However, this book was terrible! Mary Kay: please bring back your old style of writing with less cursing and characters that are enjoyable!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • casey
  • Vacaville, CA, United States
  • 05-19-16

Is Mary Kay using a ghost writer? Her early books

Her early books were entertaining and funny. I couldn't wait for each new one. Her last 3 books have been mediocre at best and no humor at all. I am a very disappointed listener.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Mary Kay Andrews, always good, but....

I really have only one complaint -- and I mostly got over that half-way through the book. But is it possible for a narrator to be TOO good?

In the first half of this book, Riley's 12 year old daughter comes off as absolutely insufferable. Whiny, demanding, needy, arrogant, nasty, vicious, disobedient -- you name it. It was so bad I actually considered ending my listen -- I just couldn't stand being in the company (so to speak) of a child who so desperately needed a few swipes across her butt, or at least being locked into her room for some significant period. Seriously, it was hard to listen to. And Riley -- the mother -- didn't help any, as she constantly gave in to the spoiled little brat, accommodating her every whim, doing everything possible to please the tyrant. I was sick and tired of both of them.

At some point, it got better. For one thing, the daughter moved off-stage, so to speak, for awhile, and for another, she had a few moments of sanity, where her conduct improved enough to tolerate.

I haven't seen the paper version of this book, and I'm wondering, if in the printed word, the little monster would seem equally insufferable, or whether it was just a case of a narrator really pouring it on, as my father used to say.

Other than that, "The Weekenders" was vintage Mary Kay Andrews, which is a good book by any standard, although none of these other characters of hers will ever equal Weezie and Bebe, whom I miss, and wish there were more books about them.

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Not MKA's best. Not even her 20th best....

MILD SPOILERS AHEAD (relationship only, not the murder): The book takes all the fun out of dysfunctional. The narration is very good, but the story is depressing, and not in any redeemable way. There is a murder mystery, which is not the worst ever written but is nothing remarkable. There is the trademark dose of MKA snark with some clever putdown quips. There is a romance, but the story provides no reason for a happy relationship ending other than a couple of evenings in bed. Riley, our heroine, seems to have few admirable qualities. She supposedly had a highly successful career at one point, but when we meet her she is a bullied doormat, subservient to her 12-year-old daughter, overbearing mother, drunken brother, and even her murdered husband. I never understood how she could forgive and accept the most heinous offenses of her family members but still hold a grudge against her college ball date, Nate, for getting drunk and throwing up. She kept revisiting his youthful offense in spite of overwhelming evidence of his currently excellent character and his unwavering mature devotion. The only reason for the eventual happy ending was Nate's long-standing obsession with the girl he loved years ago and her eventual grudging acceptance of him. This story has such a hastily concluded and unresolved happy ending that I can only see a bad future for Nate. He ends up with a spoiled and bratty step-daughter, an alcoholic brother-in-law, a snobby mother-in-law, and a wife who sides with her dysfunctional family over the one truly good person in her life.

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Pleasantly surprised

This was not only my first time using Audible, but my first time "reading" a Mary Kay Andrews book. It started slow but that was not distracting. Once I got into it I could not put it down. Overall I truly enjoyed the book. It was not entirely predictable. It was a good mashup of chick lit and mystery. I will definitely be "reading" more by this author.

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Absolutely awesome story, narration, and delivery!

This was a wonderful listen. Many twists and turns. The narration was superbly executed. Highly recommend!

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Easy to listen to

Great narration.Nice twist,but a little slow from time to time,predictable ending.Easy to follow story line.

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Good Book but...

frustrating at times . Many twists and turns. Great ending. I never guessed! Thank you!

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  • Mrs E Robinson
  • 07-10-16

Tepid

Cliched characters, none of whom were in the slightest likable. The story line was predictable from the outset. Utter drivel!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful