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[[ Read Ebook ]] Á The Long Weekend ß 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 a 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 You know the saying that goes something like don t get into a strangers car or even talk to strangers which young people are always being told The Long Weekend is really the story of what could happen if this advice isn t followed.The story starts when two new friends Sam Lloyd get into a car mistakenly believing it was the car they should be getting in to this I can imagine this being a scarily easy mistake to make The journey starts out fine, the two friends are happy and having what w You know the saying that goes something like don t get into a strangers car or even talk to strangers which young people are always being told The Long Weekend is really the story of what could happen if this advice isn t followed.The story starts when two new friends Sam Lloyd get into a car mistakenly believing it was the car they should be getting in to this I can imagine this being a scarily easy mistake to make The journey starts out fine, the two friends are happy and having what would could possibly be described as the best time of their lives to date but it s a stark contrast for what is about to come there way.For me the star of the story was Sam, he turned out to be a far stronger and determined character than I thought possible at the start, no matter how bad the going got and in the face of all that danger he managed somehow to find and grab onto the dangling carrot of hope taking opportunities whenever they presented themselves.The tension of the story grows with every chapter and the need to read the next in the hope that the pair manage to get out safely is very strong I found myself constantly willing the boys to find a way out and felt like all hope was lost onthan one occasion.A teeny problem I had was keeping track of which character was which and every now and again I did need to double check I think this was because my expectations of the characters were switched part way through.Overall the story is gripping and hugely engaging and it covers a very important subject and shows how bad it could get when a child is abducted and one of the scenes in particular could be described as a little tough to read Having said this it s defiantly worth a read This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m really rating it 3.5 stars.This is one of the creepiest books I ve read and manages to horrify the reader without being explicit or vulgar.The book synopsis and even the beginning few chapters in no way prepare you for what s coming The change in Lloyd s personality just broke my heart while Sam s transformation gave me hope.The book is so scary not only because it was written so well but also because this could have happened to anyone.It was a quick read but not a forgettable one. The Long Weekend looks, and sounds, like a dark gripping thriller and that is exactly what I got Right from the start Savita Kalhan had me glued to the pages and didn t let me go until I d finished the last page.Eleven year old Sam is the new boy at school He s been the new boy quite a few times before and finds it difficult to fit in with the cliques and gangs already formed This time though he s made friends with popular Lloyd through their joint love of football Lloyd is very different to The Long Weekend looks, and sounds, like a dark gripping thriller and that is exactly what I got Right from the start Savita Kalhan had me glued to the pages and didn t let me go until I d finished the last page.Eleven year old Sam is the new boy at school He s been the new boy quite a few times before and finds it difficult to fit in with the cliques and gangs already formed This time though he s made friends with popular Lloyd through their joint love of football Lloyd is very different to Sam, with his wealthy parents and apparent luxurious lifestyle So when the pair make arrangements to get together after school, he s not surprised when Lloyds Dad turns up to collect them in a flash car, kitted out with all the latest gadgets However, Lloyd thinks its Sam s parents picking them up, and in the excitement neither one thinks to check before jumping in the back Things soon take a sinister turn however when they find themselves locked in an old mansion and realisation dawns And so starts a long and very scary weekend, and someone is keen to make sure they never escape What was so absolutely perfect about this book was Sam and his voice through which the story is told Although it s in third person, it s completely from Sam s point of view and Savita Kalhan captures in him a voice so remarkably strong, unique and believable it blew me away Using a lot of short sentences and jumpy thought processes, the tension throughout the book builds from Sam s narration and is consistent from beginning to end, there s not one dull passage in this book I particularly liked how Sam grew throughout the book, changing into almost a different person by the end, which given his traumatic experiences, is an incredibly clever tact To begin with he s na ve, nervous, anxious, a little bitter and slightly envious of enigmatic Lloyd By the end he s a hero, Lloyds support system, a problem solver and the naivety has all gone.The Long Weekend is incredibly creepy and tense, and being a short read I raced though in just one sitting There was no chance I d be able to put it down, the pacing and atmosphere made sure I had to know how it ended I m not easily scared, but was left with shivers down my spine at times in the book Some disturbing and terrifying issues are brought up, but Kalhan never forgets her audience and doesn t go in for graphic details I actually think this would be a good book to either read with a class of pupils 11 or parents to read alongside their kids as there are lots of important discussion points If anything, this book will serve as a lesson never to go off with strangers and will surely hook even reluctant readers The Long Weekend is everything it appears to be, a dark, creepy story that is so gripping it s impossible to put down If you like being scared and enjoy sinister psychological thrillers then this is a book for you Even if you re not sure it s your thing, I dare you to stop reading once you start Reading Savita Kalhan s The Long Weekend is like watching the latest chilling and mystifying thriller movie, as not only is it a freighting read, but it s one that will keep nearly any reader from middle grade to adult clinging to the page, waiting to know what will happen next, while these two boys land themselves in one colossal mess Sam knows his newest friend Lloyd and he should never have gotten into the black shinny car that Friday afternon, but it was raining, cold, and chilly waiting Reading Savita Kalhan s The Long Weekend is like watching the latest chilling and mystifying thriller movie, as not only is it a freighting read, but it s one that will keep nearly any reader from middle grade to adult clinging to the page, waiting to know what will happen next, while these two boys land themselves in one colossal mess Sam knows his newest friend Lloyd and he should never have gotten into the black shinny car that Friday afternon, but it was raining, cold, and chilly waiting there by the school In addition, there were so many cool things in the car movies, CDs, as much junk food as any young boy could eat However, now he is in the scariest position he has ever been in Locked in a big mansion with Lloyd and a petrifying man in black, he knows he has to get them out of there if he ever wants to the light of day Will he be able to Will he come out unharmed, or will everything lead to the worst death imaginable In The Long Weekend, Savita introduces a duo of two unique yet stereotypical tween boys Sam and Lloyd are both easy to like and root for, and I feel many teen boys will be able to root for Sam s desire to be strong, and Lloyd s fight to keep hope in the most dangerous of situations More importantly, their friendship is fully fleshed out in a way that it not only plays an important part in the book, but also leads to yet another part of the book I adored As mentioned before, the premise of this is frightening to no end However, what it makes it evenso is how situations like these do happen to kids all the time in real life they make the wrong decision, get in the car with the wrong person, and end up fighting for their life Better yet, Savita does not sugar coat the situation Instead she makes it realistic to the point that it leaves an impact on the reader as well as an important message.In addition, Savita s writing was also quite good I thought she did an excellent job of fleshing the plot lines as well as the characters and there feeling out given the book s short length Lastly, I really liked how realistic the ending was it was happy but it still taught a lesson so to say to Lloyd, Sam, and hopefully the reader, and that is all I will say about that.The Long Weekend is perfect for readers avid and reluctant alike looking for a fast paced book to get lost in one that while contains not only shock and intrigue but a great underlying lying message as well Grade B