The Weekend Retreat

Finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel

“Absolutely captivating! A riveting and immersive puzzle for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan

A wealthy family’s celebration at their luxury winery estate becomes a weekend to kill for in this delicious and atmospheric suspense novel that’s Lucy Foley meets The White Lotus

Every year, the illustrious Van Ness siblings, heirs to a copper fortune, gather at their secluded winery estate for a joint birthday celebration. It’s a tradition they’ve followed nearly all their lives, and now they are back with their significant others for a much-needed weekend of rest and relaxation, away from the public spotlight.

With lavish comforts, gorgeous scenery, and indulgent drinking, the trip should be the perfect escape. But it soon becomes clear that even a remote idyllic getaway can’t keep out the problems simmering in each of their lives. As old tensions are reignited, the three couples are pushed to the edge. Will their secrets destroy them, or will they destroy each other first? And who’s been watching them from beyond the vineyard gates?

When a torrential rainstorm hits, plunging them into darkness, the answers prove all too deadly…



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Praise for The Weekend Retreat

“Clever… [A] satisfying mash-up of Succession and Agatha Christie.” —Publishers Weekly

“Tara Laskowski delivers a compelling tale of suspense full of lively characters, vivid descriptions, and a captivating setting. She has a true gift for planting mysterious and intriguing seeds that keep the reader turning the pages, eager to see what will happen next. An excellent and addictive read!” —Alice Henderson, author of the Alex Carter thriller series

“Smart and taut, The Weekend Retreat moves at breakneck speed, uncovering deep and treacherous layers of family secrets, betrayal, and their cost. Taunting, think cat and mouse in this heart-stoppingly tense closed-room thriller.” —Laurie Buchanan, author of the Sean McPherson crime thriller novels