The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

‘By the time you read this, I’ll have killed one of your husbands’


'A tense rollercoaster' Sarah Vaughan
'Brilliantly plotted' Liz Nugent
'Incredibly compelling' Shari Lapena
'I raced through' Claire Douglas
'Packs a punch' Sarah Pearse
'Wonderfully atmospheric' BA Paris
'Lures you in until you can't escape' Jane Corry
'Explosive' Samantha Downing
'Dazzlingly clever' Chris Ewan
'Ominous, absorbing and atmospheric' Christina McDonald
'Upredictable and pacy' Tim Weaver
'A tense page turner' Jane Shemilt
'Completely absorbing' Will Dean


By the time you read this, I'll have killed one of your husbands.

In an isolated retreat, deep in the Northumbria moors, three women arrive for a weekend getaway.

Their husbands will be joining them in the morning. Or so they think.

But when they get to Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note that claims one of their husbands has been murdered. Their phones are out of range. There's no internet. They're stranded. And a storm's coming in.

Friendships fracture and the situation spins out of control as each wife tries to find out what's going on, who is responsible and which husband has been targeted.

This was a tight-knit group. They've survived a lot. But they won't weather this. Because someone has decided that enough is enough.

That it's time for a reckoning.

'Fast paced, unpredictable and original with a twist that made me gasp out loud. I loved it' Claire Douglas, author of The Couple at No. 9

A gripping thriller that starts on simmer and builds to a boil' The Sun

'Gilly Macmillan serves up the ingredients for a perfect night from hell . . . [she] writes with verve and emotional acuity.' The New York Times

Praise for Gilly Macmillan:

'Fast paced and incredibly compelling' Shari Lapena

'White-knuckled suspense' Tess Gerritsen

'Infused with a creeping sense of dread' Sarah Vaughan

'Brilliantly plotted, clearly defined characters and perfectly paced, I loved this book.' Liz Nugent

'A fantastic read with dizzying twists and turns' Fionnuala Kearney

'Dark, tense and very clever' Claire Douglas

'A tense, pacey thriller which lures you in until you can't escape. Nothing and no one is quite what they seem' Jane Corry

'You're in for the twistiest of rides!' Lesley Kara

'Bold, suspenseful and impossible to put down' Samantha Downing

'Ominous, absorbing and atmospheric, The Long Weekend is psychological suspense at its finest! A gorgeous thriller about obsession and dark secrets that threaten to destroy a close group of friends. As always, Macmillan summons a dark magic on the page, with a haunting setting, compelling plot and prose so vivid it paints the story in intricate detail. This one shines!' Christina McDonald

'Absolutely loved The Long Weekend. Twisty, unpredictable, pacy and packed with brilliantly-written characters' Tim Weaver

'In The Long Weekend Gilly Macmillan skilfully weaves multiple plot strands to create a tense page turner, darkly shadowed by the bleak Northumbrian moors' Jane Shemilt

'A twisty, complicated puzzle. Readers will enjoy putting together all the pieces.' Publishers Weekly


  • A twisty, complicated puzzle. Readers will enjoy putting together all the pieces.
    Publishers Weekly

About the author

Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-nominated author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl, Odd Child Out, I Know You Know, The Nanny and To Tell You The Truth.

She grew up in Swindon and studied at Bristol University and The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery and has been a lecturer in photography.

She now writes full-time and lives in Bristol with her family.
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