The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones

Published: August 30, 2021

Hardcover, 320 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press, Minitaur Books, I received an eARC)



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.


This book blew me away! I’m a huge fan of books that take place somewhere other than where the main character lives. The whole location of this book sounded like a dream, the plot… not so much. 

I really enjoyed most of the characters even though they were completely unreliable. Every character seemed to be hiding a giant secret that could ruin theirs and others’ lives! That just made this book so much more juicy.

I had a hard time putting this one down, every time I was going to something else in the book popped up. If you are a fan of a good psychological thriller look no further, this is a must read! I highly recommend this one and will be picking up the authors last book!

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