The Slumber Party by Shannon Hollinger

Published: March 22, 2023


Genre: Psychological Thriller

Pages: 308

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Shannon Hollinger is a Florida based author with degrees in Crime Scene Technology & Physical Anthropology, and she hasn’t just seen the dark side of humanity – she’s been elbow deep inside of it! She finds writing to be a much cleaner way to spend her time than the autopsy suite. Most days it smells better, too.

Fifteen years ago: On a warm summer’s evening, four childhood friends gather at a slumber party… Before dawn breaks, the nightmare begins. One of them dies. One of them is a killer.

Liz was the bubbly girl-next-door. She could never have imagined how everything would fall apart.

Sami was the clever one, quieter than the others. She was meant to keep all their secrets…

Amy had the voice of an angel, destined for Hollywood. She would never make it there.

Mo was leader of the group, charismatic and protective. But she was not who she appeared to be…

They were childhood friends, on the cusp of the rest of their lives. They’d shared everything with each other. Or so they thought… Until one of them died.

Today: Liz tries not to think about the night that destroyed their lives. She focuses on her beloved husband and their sweet-eyed daughter. But when she receives a note, there’s no more running away: “I’m back. Did you miss me?”

A wave of dizziness crashes over her. Her best friend can’t be back. She’s dead.So who sent the note? What do they know? And, most terrifying of all, are they planning to make her pay for what happened…?

“Some secrets are meant to be forgotten.”

Having a best friend is one of life’s best gifts; having three is almost too good to be true. And for Liz, Mo, Amy, and Sami their bond is deadly.

HOLY HEADLOCK. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed how this story was told, with multiple narrators and alternating timelines. It was seamlessly delivered and engaging.

I liked Liz. She was calm, kind, and loyal. I liked Sami and her mysteriousness. Mo was a deep character, and you always felt that void. Amy seemed eager, almost desperate, but she wanted to be accepted.

The connection between these women was strong, and it was real. I loved watching their bond grow, then dissipate before my eyes.

This was an intense ride, and each time I thought I had figured out the twist, I was wrong. I did figure out one aspect of the big reveal, but boy, the rest was an avalanche of things I did not see coming.

I love how Shannon tells a story. Her stories are so complicated but beautifully told. There is no confusion or disconnect. She is such a gifted writer, and I am excited to read her work.

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