Book Review: The Guilt Trip

THE GUILT TRIP | Sandie Jones
08.03.2021 | Minotaur Books
Rating: 3/5 stars


Rachel and Noah have been friends since they met at university. Twenty years ago they thought that they might become something more, but today they each find themselves happily married to other people, Jack and Paige. Jack’s brother Will is getting married to the dazzling, impulsive Ali, and the group of six travel to Portugal for their destination weekend. As the wedding weekend unfolds, the secrets that each of them hold begin to come to the surface, and friendships and marriages threaten to unravel.

THE GUILT TRIP is marketed as a thriller, but is in actuality more of a contemporary fiction piece surrounding the dramatic happenings of a wedding weekend. When I think of thrillers, I think of fast-paced action, which this story started out promisingly offering the reader. As I got further into the book it started to become more and more plagued by uses of excessive dialogue between the characters. There was a lot of talk and barely any action. Coupled with repetitive storylines this just didn’t work for me as a whole.

The story itself wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t something fresh or new. I managed to stay invested thanks in large part to the audio and the excellent narration. I found myself rolling my eyes at the unbelievable naivety of our main character. I think if you’re looking for a very light suspense fiction piece this one would work, however, if you’re looking for a thriller, I would suggest looking elsewhere.

🎧: A absolutely loved the narrator for this audiobook and the way she was able to bring the characters to life! The narrator turned a slow story into one I didn’t mind finishing until the end.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

Disclosure: A huge thank you to Minotaur Books & NetGalley for my gifted copy!

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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