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What do you do when the wedding of your dreams turns into a nightmare? When a destination wedding is cancelled, a group of university friends travel to a luxurious villa in the South of France, determined to cheer up the bride-that-was and make the best of a pre-paid holiday. But after a wild night of drunken revelry, the friends awake to find themselves with no memory of th What do you do when the wedding of your dreams turns into a nightmare? When a destination wedding is cancelled, a group of university friends travel to a luxurious villa in the South of France, determined to cheer up the bride-that-was and make the best of a pre-paid holiday. But after a wild night of drunken revelry, the friends awake to find themselves with no memory of the last twelve hours - and surrounded by the traces of a wedding that wasn't supposed to have happened . . . As last night's hangover wears off, the guests find themselves with more questions than answers. Did a wedding take place? Who is responsible for an ominous message in the guest book, congratulating the happy couple? Why does the would-be bride seem so afraid? And who is the mysterious, shadowy figure who seems to be watching the villa? Each guest is hiding something. But what? And can they piece together the events of the wedding night before it is too late?


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What do you do when the wedding of your dreams turns into a nightmare? When a destination wedding is cancelled, a group of university friends travel to a luxurious villa in the South of France, determined to cheer up the bride-that-was and make the best of a pre-paid holiday. But after a wild night of drunken revelry, the friends awake to find themselves with no memory of th What do you do when the wedding of your dreams turns into a nightmare? When a destination wedding is cancelled, a group of university friends travel to a luxurious villa in the South of France, determined to cheer up the bride-that-was and make the best of a pre-paid holiday. But after a wild night of drunken revelry, the friends awake to find themselves with no memory of the last twelve hours - and surrounded by the traces of a wedding that wasn't supposed to have happened . . . As last night's hangover wears off, the guests find themselves with more questions than answers. Did a wedding take place? Who is responsible for an ominous message in the guest book, congratulating the happy couple? Why does the would-be bride seem so afraid? And who is the mysterious, shadowy figure who seems to be watching the villa? Each guest is hiding something. But what? And can they piece together the events of the wedding night before it is too late?

30 review for The Wedding Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Lizzie and Dan call off their wedding due to take place in a secluded house in France. The guests are understandably disappointed but decide to go anyway and persuade Lizzie to come too. What changed Lizzie’s mind about the marriage? Only time will tell. I really like the premise of the book but unfortunately the execution falls somewhat short. It’s long winded in places and not a lot happens. When it does it’s not actually particularly scary with the threats making you feel uneasy rather than t Lizzie and Dan call off their wedding due to take place in a secluded house in France. The guests are understandably disappointed but decide to go anyway and persuade Lizzie to come too. What changed Lizzie’s mind about the marriage? Only time will tell. I really like the premise of the book but unfortunately the execution falls somewhat short. It’s long winded in places and not a lot happens. When it does it’s not actually particularly scary with the threats making you feel uneasy rather than tension and fear we should sense. All the assembled characters have either got disappointment in their lives, or are flawed or broken in some way. They aren’t easy to make a connection to and so you don’t especially invest in the storyline. The format of the book, which is from several perspectives with some sudden backtracking, is confusing at times and is disjointed. On the positive side there are a few good plot twists and there are some entertaining events particularly in the first half, such as one morning after a bacchanalian mess of an evening there are a few headaches in more ways than one. There are some good themes such as friendship and love, jealousy, betrayal and blackmail. The pace is slow but in some parts of the book that does actually suits the unfolding narrative. Unfortunately the second half is not as strong as the first and the ending feels too neat as it doesn’t altogether help make sense of Lizzie’s decisions nor is it particularly believable. Overall, it’s an enjoyable read in places but it’s a shame that’s not consistent throughout. With thanks to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton the the arc in return for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anissa

    A good book but definitely not the psychological thriller the blurb hinted at (I pictured a tale of high body count at a beautiful sequestered location. The place they stay is called the Oratorie de St. Eris and I was counting on epic levels of discord & chaos!). So if, like me, that's why you thought to pick this up, be advised. This is a great book about women's friendships and how they change from college into adulthood, marriage, motherhood. I hadn't expected that part but I very much enjoye A good book but definitely not the psychological thriller the blurb hinted at (I pictured a tale of high body count at a beautiful sequestered location. The place they stay is called the Oratorie de St. Eris and I was counting on epic levels of discord & chaos!). So if, like me, that's why you thought to pick this up, be advised. This is a great book about women's friendships and how they change from college into adulthood, marriage, motherhood. I hadn't expected that part but I very much enjoyed that. The mystery is basically what happened that caused the wedding of the title to be called off and how all of the members of the party intersect and secrets are revealed. In book-likes, this reminded me of Be Careful What You Wish For by Vivien Brown. As much as I dislike the genre assignation, I think this would fall under Women's Fiction. I think it'd be a fun book club or beach read. The setting and characters (Anna was the one with whom I identified most) are rendered very well. Walker has quite an evocative way with words and do bring your school French along for the peppering of words as descriptors. But don't pick this up just yet if you're looking for a Lucy Foley, Ruth Ware or Emma Rous type tale.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    I don't understand the low rating for this book (3.26 at the time of this review). I found it wonderfully clever and the writing lyrically poetic. This is a character driven novel and I would go as far to say literary fiction. Woven with deftly crafted tension and a keen sense for domestic suspense, this author knows how to write a truly riveting tale. The slow pacing was great as it added to the tension and the characters were all deliciously broken and that led to very entertaini I don't understand the low rating for this book (3.26 at the time of this review). I found it wonderfully clever and the writing lyrically poetic. This is a character driven novel and I would go as far to say literary fiction. Woven with deftly crafted tension and a keen sense for domestic suspense, this author knows how to write a truly riveting tale. The slow pacing was great as it added to the tension and the characters were all deliciously broken and that led to very entertaining reading that includes compelling characters and strong, sharp-witted women. Cleverly written, fans of domestic suspense will devour this one. I have read The New Girl by this author and both books are a heck of a wicked, devious ride. This book is a sit back and enjoy the ride satisfying tale from beginning to end...I highly recommend it for the wonderful writing alone. Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley, Harriet Walker and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #TheWeddingNight #NetGalley

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I loved The New Girl so was delighted to see this one on NetGalley! And wow, it grabbed me by the throat and tossed me around (in the very best way)! We have three girlfriends, two male friends, a cancelled wedding, and a trip to France since the venue is available. What could possibly go wrong? Everything!! Its a very lyrical novel that I savored even as I raced through to discover what was going on. Don't try to figure it out; just enjoy! Walker speaks to so many poignant themes: friendship, l I loved The New Girl so was delighted to see this one on NetGalley! And wow, it grabbed me by the throat and tossed me around (in the very best way)! We have three girlfriends, two male friends, a cancelled wedding, and a trip to France since the venue is available. What could possibly go wrong? Everything!! Its a very lyrical novel that I savored even as I raced through to discover what was going on. Don't try to figure it out; just enjoy! Walker speaks to so many poignant themes: friendship, love, jealousy, emotional abuse, sacrifice, betrayal, secrets, social media, and relationships in various stages. Above all what she focuses on is the lengths people will go to protect those we love and what we learn about ourselves through this often-arduous journey! Not to be missed! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Seven people travel to a luxurious French chateau. Their plan is to help the former bride forget the pain of cancelling her destination wedding. They arrive and discover the wedding prep has been done anyway. The bride takes a sleeping pill and hides in a bedroom. Her friends decide to live it up with the spread. Then the morning comes. Weird things have happened. No one is being honest with the others. Is there an additional guest sabotaging their vacation? There is a really big secret that wil Seven people travel to a luxurious French chateau. Their plan is to help the former bride forget the pain of cancelling her destination wedding. They arrive and discover the wedding prep has been done anyway. The bride takes a sleeping pill and hides in a bedroom. Her friends decide to live it up with the spread. Then the morning comes. Weird things have happened. No one is being honest with the others. Is there an additional guest sabotaging their vacation? There is a really big secret that will lead to a plot twist and kept me reading. The story is told by Lizzie, the bride and her best friends -- Effie and Anna. As with The New Girl, Walker fleshes out the bones of a thriller with social commentary. She makes some great points about gender roles, social media, and female friendships. Setting the story in a location without wi-fi ratchets up the suspense. I did find the musings of the two friends to be a bit repetitive. On the positive side, there is much for book groups to discuss and a guide is included. If you liked The Vacation, you will also enjoy this one. Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    The Wedding Night has an interesting premise and a stunning backdrop, but ultimately, it suffers because it doesn't know what it wants to be. Although it's framed as a thriller, there's only a few moments of actual suspense and the plot feels dragged out. The ending underwhelmed me for all of the drama that lead to it; it seems like a story that could have been told in 100 pages. I also struggled with the writing, which slowed the paced for me. Too many of the sentences were overcomplicated, pad The Wedding Night has an interesting premise and a stunning backdrop, but ultimately, it suffers because it doesn't know what it wants to be. Although it's framed as a thriller, there's only a few moments of actual suspense and the plot feels dragged out. The ending underwhelmed me for all of the drama that lead to it; it seems like a story that could have been told in 100 pages. I also struggled with the writing, which slowed the paced for me. Too many of the sentences were overcomplicated, padded with em dashes and heavy descriptions that I had to read 3-4 times to break down. I think if the plot could have honed in more on the "wedding night" and unraveling the mysteries surrounding it, this could have been a much more intriguing read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thais • tata.lifepages •

    Thank you to the team at Hodder books for gifting me a copy for review! Lizzie, Effie & Anna are true best friends for many years, from guy problems to university these ladies always have each other’s back throughout life. This was one of my favourite aspects of the story, the empowering friendship between these girls. Right at the beginning of the novel we discover that Lizzie is going through a difficult time with the end of her engagement. She was going to have a destination wedding abroad, so Thank you to the team at Hodder books for gifting me a copy for review! Lizzie, Effie & Anna are true best friends for many years, from guy problems to university these ladies always have each other’s back throughout life. This was one of my favourite aspects of the story, the empowering friendship between these girls. Right at the beginning of the novel we discover that Lizzie is going through a difficult time with the end of her engagement. She was going to have a destination wedding abroad, so Lizzie and her close group of 6 friends decide to go on her wedding trip without the groom! All of them wanting to support the no-more bride to-be on a fun trip to an remote Chateau in France. On what was supposed to be the wedding night at the Chateau, dark secrets of their relationships come to light. The girls find themselves entangled in a web of social media blackmail. The Wedding night exposes the internet's risks in modern society, how virtual blackmail is used against women who are subject to public scorn in attempt to tarnish their image. It is a female empowering read, these ladies show resilience and discover that together they are stronger to fight back.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amber Rothermel

    Ugh, this book wasn’t for me. Lizzie and Dan abruptly cancelled their wedding letting their wedding party and friends know via email. The wedding party all decided that they would still go on the trip to get away from their lives and convinced Lizzie to go along. Odd things begin to happen and they suspect Dan is behind them. The writing was long winded, and it seemed like the author was throwing out bizarre words like candy because she could. Frankly, it was extremely hard to understand and fol Ugh, this book wasn’t for me. Lizzie and Dan abruptly cancelled their wedding letting their wedding party and friends know via email. The wedding party all decided that they would still go on the trip to get away from their lives and convinced Lizzie to go along. Odd things begin to happen and they suspect Dan is behind them. The writing was long winded, and it seemed like the author was throwing out bizarre words like candy because she could. Frankly, it was extremely hard to understand and follow. The chapters were 1 of 3 girl’s perspectives, but it wasn’t written in first person so it was confusing at times. I also would not categorize this as a thriller. There really wasn’t anything thrilling about it. It was boring, actually. Maybe it was because I found it hard to understand? The ending was a happy one. So it did have that going for it. Otherwise, I would not personally recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Reading Raccoon

    Book Review: The Wedding Night by Harriet Walker The wedding night is an adult domestic drama about a British group of friends that continue on to a French chateau even after the destination wedding that was supposed to take place there was cancelled. Over the next few days relationships will be tested and secrets revealed. When a bridal party (and the bride) decides to continue on with the short vacation despite the wedding being cancelled it is not the relaxing trip they were picturing. The br Book Review: The Wedding Night by Harriet Walker The wedding night is an adult domestic drama about a British group of friends that continue on to a French chateau even after the destination wedding that was supposed to take place there was cancelled. Over the next few days relationships will be tested and secrets revealed. When a bridal party (and the bride) decides to continue on with the short vacation despite the wedding being cancelled it is not the relaxing trip they were picturing. The bride is keeping the secret of WHY it was cancelled and the tension around both her and what exactly happened during their drunken revelry the first night hangs over everyone. Someone is also cruelly taunting the bride by having all the wedding food and paraphernalia on display (despite the cancellation) and no one is quite sure what role the groom is playing in all this. Overall I enjoyed this non-violent suspense novel especially the beginning and end. It did sag a little for me in the middle as I got frustrated that the reader is purposely out of the loop of what is happening and who is behind everything. Much of what was going on could have been wrapped up with a heartfelt but painful conversation. But in the end, when all is revealed you can see why certain key parts of the plot are kept secret. Although on the surface this is about a getaway and a cancelled wedding there is a lot of food for thought about parenting and what women sacrifice to be mothers and part of the workforce. Also the shame and heartache around dating, finding love, keeping love and the inequality around internet slut shaming. If the reader can stick around through the frustrating middle part I recommend this suspenseful and thoughtful mystery novel around a group of friends and their secrets. 3.75 rounded up to 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    A large group of friends decides to keep their plans of a vacation in the south of France even though the main event of the trip, the destination wedding, has been canceled. Without any explanation, Lizzie sends a blunt email announcing the change in plans. Her friends, perplexed and confused, feel like the best course of action for her is to continue with the vacation, sans wedding. As soon as they arrive, they find the reception hall decorated, and the food and drink await as if the cancellati A large group of friends decides to keep their plans of a vacation in the south of France even though the main event of the trip, the destination wedding, has been canceled. Without any explanation, Lizzie sends a blunt email announcing the change in plans. Her friends, perplexed and confused, feel like the best course of action for her is to continue with the vacation, sans wedding. As soon as they arrive, they find the reception hall decorated, and the food and drink await as if the cancellation never went through. Naturally, this throws Lizzie into a spiral of despair, and thus the note of the entire trip is set. Things are no better the next morning when Lizzie wakes up to find her friends celebrated and partied in her absence, continuing on as if no one’s heart has been broken. As we meet each friend, we wonder what truly happened to their plans and who’s leaving the hateful notes during their stay. This is a quick and enjoyable read, but it tends to get a little confusing with the various personalities and “what if’s”. The dynamics between people shift too quickly and the plot isn’t very reliable. But all in all, it’s still a fun and fast-paced read. Sincere thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The publishing date is June 1, 2021.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    The Wedding Night was advertised as a thriller/women's fiction book. Unfortunately, not much about the book was actually thrilling. Lizzie's destination wedding in France is cancelled at the last minute, and none of her friends are able to figure out why. Because everyone needs the vacation for different reasons, and because Lizzie insists she still wants to go to get away, her and her group of friends still go to the villa. After the first night ends in a drunken escapade, secrets are revealed The Wedding Night was advertised as a thriller/women's fiction book. Unfortunately, not much about the book was actually thrilling. Lizzie's destination wedding in France is cancelled at the last minute, and none of her friends are able to figure out why. Because everyone needs the vacation for different reasons, and because Lizzie insists she still wants to go to get away, her and her group of friends still go to the villa. After the first night ends in a drunken escapade, secrets are revealed that send.the friends into chaos. I wanted to love this book. I did. The premise sounded wonderful. Cover is perfect. The only problem is there isn't much thrill at all. Halfway through I had already pretty much figured out the big reveal, and the things that were happening were mediocre at best. Without giving any spoilers, what Lizzie was running from was absolutely insane. I was shocked that the ending was what it was. This had the potential to be such an amazing book and it just fell flat. However, the women's fiction part was the best part. The female friendships were beautiful and the first half of the book was honestly well written and interesting, it just fell apart around the half way mark. ⭐⭐⭐ Thank you to NetGalley, Harriet Walker, and Ballantine books for an ARC in.exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Lizzie has called off her wedding - at a French chateau - to Dan at the last minute, without explaining why. Because everything’s booked and paid for, Lizzie and her friends - along with erstwhile best man Ben - decide to go anyway, treating it as a much needed holiday. But someone, it appears, has a different agenda... We see events through the eyes of the three main women characters - Lizzie and her old friends Anna and Effie - as events unfold and more is gradually revealed about Lizzie’s reas Lizzie has called off her wedding - at a French chateau - to Dan at the last minute, without explaining why. Because everything’s booked and paid for, Lizzie and her friends - along with erstwhile best man Ben - decide to go anyway, treating it as a much needed holiday. But someone, it appears, has a different agenda... We see events through the eyes of the three main women characters - Lizzie and her old friends Anna and Effie - as events unfold and more is gradually revealed about Lizzie’s reasons for cancelling her wedding. I really liked Harriet Walker’s first novel, The New Girl. I’m not sure why The Wedding Night didn’t grab me quite as much - it took me a long time to get into the story, although I did enjoy it much more towards the end. Perhaps it was just a reflection of the mood I was in, because it’s undoubtedly well written. It felt quite slow moving and as I said, it did take me a while to get into. The men all have names like Ben and Dan and Steve and James (honourable exception: Bertie) and I really struggled for quite a while to remember which was which, which probably didn’t help. The end, though, was satisfying and even uplifting, and I very much enjoyed how this was done. Overall a good read with some valuable things to say about friendship and where true empowerment lies.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the first book I've read by this author and it was a quick, fun read. A group of friends decide to get together for what should have been the destination wedding of friends, even though the wedding was called off. There are several twists and turns before the reason Lizzie called off the wedding is ultimately revealed. Everyone is keeping secrets and it was hard to figure out who the real "bad guy" was, but when the truth comes out, the villain ends up being creepier than I imagined. The This is the first book I've read by this author and it was a quick, fun read. A group of friends decide to get together for what should have been the destination wedding of friends, even though the wedding was called off. There are several twists and turns before the reason Lizzie called off the wedding is ultimately revealed. Everyone is keeping secrets and it was hard to figure out who the real "bad guy" was, but when the truth comes out, the villain ends up being creepier than I imagined. The writing style leaves some details vague and not completely explained. However, I liked the theme of friendship and new beginnings and overall enjoyed reading the book and would rate it 3.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing an advance copy of this ebook. The book was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    The Wedding Night, by Harriet Walker, was not at all what I was expecting. It's not particularly thrilling or suspenseful, but held some lovely scenes about evolving friendships in different stages of life. The story takes a while to get moving, as we jump between different characters and their memories until the story of four college friends emerges. Lizzie has abruptly called off her destination wedding, but the friends decide that since they’ve already taken time off work, arranged a babysitte The Wedding Night, by Harriet Walker, was not at all what I was expecting. It's not particularly thrilling or suspenseful, but held some lovely scenes about evolving friendships in different stages of life. The story takes a while to get moving, as we jump between different characters and their memories until the story of four college friends emerges. Lizzie has abruptly called off her destination wedding, but the friends decide that since they’ve already taken time off work, arranged a babysitter, paid for flights and so forth, and they’ll head to the would-be wedding destination anyway. Full review is on my blog

  15. 5 out of 5

    Coley

    When Lizzie & Dan suddenly cancel their destination wedding, the bridal party is floored. And then they decide to whisk Lizzie away to France anyway, to the secluded property to vacation and decompress. Effie and Ben (maid of honor and best man), have canceled all of the wedding arrangements ahead of time. When they, along with married couple Steve and Anna, and Charlie and his new girlfriend Isa, and Lizzie arrive they’re stunned to find the entire house set up for the picture perfect wedding. When Lizzie & Dan suddenly cancel their destination wedding, the bridal party is floored. And then they decide to whisk Lizzie away to France anyway, to the secluded property to vacation and decompress. Effie and Ben (maid of honor and best man), have canceled all of the wedding arrangements ahead of time. When they, along with married couple Steve and Anna, and Charlie and his new girlfriend Isa, and Lizzie arrive they’re stunned to find the entire house set up for the picture perfect wedding. The weekend only gets worse from there, as Lizzie takes to the bed and the rest of the group breaks into the wedding champagne... The next morning, the house is rocked and so we begin our journey into The Wedding Night. Everyone is hiding something. Protagonists are college friends Lizzie, Effie and Anna. The story jumps around from the wedding night to the next few days following the event. I wouldn’t call this one a thriller - more of a whodunnit/mystery. Walker keeps the reader on their game and leaves them often wondering at what game is really going on with these characters. Do we really know them? And who is chasing who? Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandrine V

    The first half was really slow, and confusing because all the characters have the same voice. The story picked up again towards the end and I was more interested in the intrigue. Lizzy and Dan cancel their wedding in France but their group of friends (+Lizzy) decide to still go and enjoy their holiday. Weird things start to happen, and the plot twist is quite good. A light summer book, not really a thriller.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    My first book by author Harriet Walker, I liked the whole concept of the story. It was fun with hints of gossip and internal rivalry that brought out the emotions of the prose. I got to know more about the happenings of the girls’ lives than the men. There was one big shocker followed by another minor one near the end of the book. I wouldn’t call it a suspenseful thriller, but it was more of a contemporary with secrets abounding. The book traversed the very fine line between mystery and suspense. My first book by author Harriet Walker, I liked the whole concept of the story. It was fun with hints of gossip and internal rivalry that brought out the emotions of the prose. I got to know more about the happenings of the girls’ lives than the men. There was one big shocker followed by another minor one near the end of the book. I wouldn’t call it a suspenseful thriller, but it was more of a contemporary with secrets abounding. The book traversed the very fine line between mystery and suspense. Could have moved more toward suspense as the blurb indicated. I enjoyed most of the prose, but the narrations and internal ruminations were a bit more than actual dialogues and interactions. The author did try to bring in hidden motives when things started happening during their stay, but nothing heart pounding. The prose needed more of an adrenaline shot to liven it up. Overall, it was an interesting read that managed to spice up my rather bland lunch.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jane Kelsey

    So good!! I really enjoyed it. Full review to follow.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa B

    Not what one might think this is. A cancelled wedding, stalkers, secrets, characters who surprise one’s presumptions, suspense, thrills, secrets. Oh my goodness!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I read Harriet Walker’s debut novel The New Girl and immediately fell in love with her work. She writes fun psychological thrillers that aren’t as dark and twisted as many (i.e. Karin Slaughter), but perhaps that’s what makes them scarier – how easily I can picture her scenarios happening in our everyday lives. The Wedding Night follows a group of friends going on the wedding/honeymoon vacation that was already paid off after one of the main characters, Lizzie, called off her wedding. Lizzie’s be I read Harriet Walker’s debut novel The New Girl and immediately fell in love with her work. She writes fun psychological thrillers that aren’t as dark and twisted as many (i.e. Karin Slaughter), but perhaps that’s what makes them scarier – how easily I can picture her scenarios happening in our everyday lives. The Wedding Night follows a group of friends going on the wedding/honeymoon vacation that was already paid off after one of the main characters, Lizzie, called off her wedding. Lizzie’s best friends are seemingly opposites with Effie, a depressed alcoholic trying to heal from her recent heartbreak, and Anna, a working mom struggling to find satisfaction in her marriage with all of her insecurities and mom guilt weighing her down. One of the things I love about Walker’s novels is how relatable the characters are. She tells such an authentic version from both perspectives whether it’s the married mom or heartbroken alcoholic – and I’ve definitely been both of those women at various points in life! The Wedding Night really got to the heart of friendship and, in my opinion, tells more of a story about the love between friends than the actual couple getting married. It was an intensive look at what wedding vows really mean – not just with the one you marry, but with each and every love in your life. Another theme in the novel that resonated with me was how easily we give away our privacy. Particularly with social media, it’s so easy to post something without thinking; but even if you delete it, once it’s out there, it’s there forever. You can never fully take it back and the same goes for text messages or any kind of sharing with another person. This was an important reminder that you never know when people might weaponize an image or text, even sometimes someone you trust. While I wasn’t surprised by the ending and had guessed the “twist” early on, that didn’t take away from the story in any way and still had me turning page after page to find out how Walker unraveled the narrative for her readers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Luc

    Why would a future bride calling off her wedding at the last minute would want to go ahead anyway and decide to spend some relaxing times with her friends on the property in Southern France where the ceremony was supposed to be taking place? Am I missing something? Wouldn't Ibiza, Mallorca or Marbella be more appropriate and much better places for the disappointed bride to go drown her sorrows and forget about her failed attempt at marriage?? The wedding night is an uneven novel with too many se Why would a future bride calling off her wedding at the last minute would want to go ahead anyway and decide to spend some relaxing times with her friends on the property in Southern France where the ceremony was supposed to be taking place? Am I missing something? Wouldn't Ibiza, Mallorca or Marbella be more appropriate and much better places for the disappointed bride to go drown her sorrows and forget about her failed attempt at marriage?? The wedding night is an uneven novel with too many secrets, too many lies & too many unsavory voices that bored me stiff. Too many childish & insipid young women threatening to go hysterical at any moment while sharpening their manipulative skills & spreading their superficial and utterly boring emotional idiocies all over the landscape, a plot that made me yawn and struggle to stay awake and a denouement that is no great shakes, really nothing to write home about, more ridiculous than funny or even scary. Yes, Lizzie and her little friends managed to royally annoy the hell out of me from the first page and honestly it would have been so much better if a deranged killer would have had the decency to spiced up that tedious novel by bumping all of them slowly but surely out of they irrelevant miseries and all over the castle. At least I would have stay awake. Sorry but unfortunately this one wasn't for me. Many thanks to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for this ARC

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Lizzie, Effie, and Anna have been friends for a long time. Through their time at uni they were always together and looked out for one another. Lizzie and Dan are engaged and have planned a wedding to take place at a chateau in the south of France. Effie is Lizzie's bridesmaid and has been scurrying around trying to get all of the plans locked in. Ben is Dan’s best man. But, then an email signed from Lizzie and Dan goes out to all saying they have decided to call off the wedding and hope their fri Lizzie, Effie, and Anna have been friends for a long time. Through their time at uni they were always together and looked out for one another. Lizzie and Dan are engaged and have planned a wedding to take place at a chateau in the south of France. Effie is Lizzie's bridesmaid and has been scurrying around trying to get all of the plans locked in. Ben is Dan’s best man. But, then an email signed from Lizzie and Dan goes out to all saying they have decided to call off the wedding and hope their friends understand. Everyone is shocked but decide not to miss out on a week at the chateau that has already been paid for. So, they head off to France, all but Dan. The chateau is beautiful but someone there did not get the message that the wedding had been called off so it is filled with food, champagne, and flowers. Dan was supposed to have cancelled it. What happened? Now, we are smack dab in the middle of the hard stuff. This group of people can drink the little fishes right out of the pond. The verbiage is so overdone that I felt as though I was wading through some good old British treacle trying to absorb and mentally compute what the author was writing. Vagueness prevails in this story that makes the reader feel like they have also had one too many. The characters are all tense making me think one of them was going to commit murder any minute. When we finally learn what this story is all about, I wondered why anyone would allow themselves to be so intimidated because in the end, it is all fixed quickly by a savvy character. So, go Iso! Now, I’ve confused you. I guess you may want to read the book yourself, but understand that it is going to take some concentration to get through. I am really interested to see what other readers’ take is on this book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Lizzie and Dan planned a gorgeous destination wedding. Her best friends Effie and Anna are excited for her, and to be honest, each of them could also use a week away. Suddenly, with no explanation, Lizzie cancels the wedding and her friends are clueless why. With the date so close, they come up with the brilliant idea to cancel the ceremony, but still enjoy the secluded resort in France. What could go wrong, especially when the bride is coming too! Warning lights started going off in my head at t Lizzie and Dan planned a gorgeous destination wedding. Her best friends Effie and Anna are excited for her, and to be honest, each of them could also use a week away. Suddenly, with no explanation, Lizzie cancels the wedding and her friends are clueless why. With the date so close, they come up with the brilliant idea to cancel the ceremony, but still enjoy the secluded resort in France. What could go wrong, especially when the bride is coming too! Warning lights started going off in my head at this point. What bride would want to go to the place where she was supposed to get married, even if she was the one who called it off? But off they go, except for the jilted groom, and when they arrive, it is apparent that something is very wrong. Everything is set up for the reception, but the reception was canceled. Who would want to play such an upsetting trick on Lizzie? As odd things start to occur, I was thinking that something very bad was going to happen. I mean isolated resort just screamed to me, they are all going to die, right? Wrong. This isn't so much a thriller, as an exploration of friendship and how sometimes you don't know your friends, as well as you, think you do. I can't say there was any confusion in the book description, my mind just jumped to my own rather incorrect conclusions. Once I realized my mistake, I enjoyed the mystery much more. When all the secrets and lies are revealed, I learned who was trustworthy, and who should always be left at the altar. This one fell right between I liked it and I really liked it.3.5 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Axnick

    Effie, Anna and Lizzie forged a strong bond of friendship during college that has endured through the ensuing years, although careers, marriage and motherhood and a secret shared by only two has strained their connection. The focus of the story is the pending nuptials of Lizzie and Dan, but in the week leading up to their destination wedding they call it off and cancel all the arrangements. In the aftermath, the three friends plus a few extras decide to take advantage of the reservations and the Effie, Anna and Lizzie forged a strong bond of friendship during college that has endured through the ensuing years, although careers, marriage and motherhood and a secret shared by only two has strained their connection. The focus of the story is the pending nuptials of Lizzie and Dan, but in the week leading up to their destination wedding they call it off and cancel all the arrangements. In the aftermath, the three friends plus a few extras decide to take advantage of the reservations and the scheduled time off, each one hoping to reclaim a deeper sense of self in the process. However, once the group arrives things begin to unravel quite rapidly, exposing a somewhat sinister element leading to a psychological game impacting the entire group. The suspense is generated by the gradual revelation of clues as to the identity of mastermind behind the game, but a subtle thread keeps things off balance. The story is told in alternating chapters showcasing the perspectives of each of the three friends. The timeline jumps back and forth from the past to the future, which at times feels a bit disjointed. The characters are not particularly engaging nor sympathetic and one is downright abhorrent. I did find the story held my interest and the momentum that built over the last half of the book made it hard to put down. The conclusion was believable, but not as satisfying as I would have liked. My thanks to the author, Random House Publishing - Ballantine, and NetGalley for the privilege of reviewing a digital ARC in exchange for an independent, honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Lizzie and Dan had the perfect wedding planned in France; however, just before the big day, they inexplicably cancel it via email. Lizzie's uni friends convince her to still go and stay at their all expenses paid venue for a holiday. Once they arrive, things are not as they should be: somebody is causing trouble. This twisty novel will have you asking plenty of questions... Why did Lizzie cancel the wedding? What really happened on the Wedding Night? Who is leaving messages? This book is told fro Lizzie and Dan had the perfect wedding planned in France; however, just before the big day, they inexplicably cancel it via email. Lizzie's uni friends convince her to still go and stay at their all expenses paid venue for a holiday. Once they arrive, things are not as they should be: somebody is causing trouble. This twisty novel will have you asking plenty of questions... Why did Lizzie cancel the wedding? What really happened on the Wedding Night? Who is leaving messages? This book is told from multiple perspectives, although in the third person, which gives us an insight into each character's strengths, weaknesses and feelings about the others. I really enjoyed slowly learning more about each character; particularly, I found Effie to be the most relatable, with deep self esteem issues. Things are kept purposefully mysterious about Lizzie, creating suspense and a few red herrings. This novel is very character driven, which I loved, although at times it felt less thriller-y due to this. The ending was unique and something I didn't see coming, which is always a major plus! However, it was a little infuriating that the whole thing could've been avoided SO easily if people just... spoke to each other about things. I get it does happen sometimes but it felt like the resolution realistically would've been much simpler. On the whole, I enjoyed this book because of the character driven plot and great twist. It took me a little longer than usual to read this as it takes a while to get gripping, but it is worth getting through the beginning!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    The wedding night journey begins following the cancellation of the wedding of Lizzie and Dan, which caught everyone by surprise. Lizzie’s wedding party rallies around her, and the group returns to the site where the wedding was sent to take place. After a wild night of debauchery reminiscent of the “Hangover,” the wedding party is left to piece together the puzzle of the night before. Rings are missing, the bouquet has been thrown, and it appears that someone may have gotten married...but no one The wedding night journey begins following the cancellation of the wedding of Lizzie and Dan, which caught everyone by surprise. Lizzie’s wedding party rallies around her, and the group returns to the site where the wedding was sent to take place. After a wild night of debauchery reminiscent of the “Hangover,” the wedding party is left to piece together the puzzle of the night before. Rings are missing, the bouquet has been thrown, and it appears that someone may have gotten married...but no one can remember what happened. And to make matters worse, the wedding party seems to be surrounded by unusual events that they can’t explain—has the groom come back to reclaim his bride? I’ve been looking forward to another read from Harriet Walker since reading The New Girl and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved this twist on a memorable day gone wrong, and a group stuck at a wedding venue together trying to piece together the truth. The story felt both familiar, but also a fresh take on love lost. Overall I enjoyed The Wedding Night and look forward to her next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    How far would you go to protect a friend? And how can you tell who your friends are? Really are…or maybe they aren’t. After Lizzie’s destination wedding to Dan is cancelled, she and the rest of the wedding party travel to France for what they think will be a relaxing getaway. They are wrong. Within hours of their arrival at the luxurious Oratoire de St. Eris, and after a night of wild partying (someone had to drink all that champagne), a threatening note is found and the rings that were to be use How far would you go to protect a friend? And how can you tell who your friends are? Really are…or maybe they aren’t. After Lizzie’s destination wedding to Dan is cancelled, she and the rest of the wedding party travel to France for what they think will be a relaxing getaway. They are wrong. Within hours of their arrival at the luxurious Oratoire de St. Eris, and after a night of wild partying (someone had to drink all that champagne), a threatening note is found and the rings that were to be used by the bride and groom have disappeared. Lizzie’s friend Anna and Effie are convinced that Dan has followed them to France to harass and possibly harm Lizzie. But the truth is far more evil than they could ever imagine. The Wedding night is a light thriller and a quick read. Lizzie, Anna and Effie are well drawn characters and the plot twists are surprising. That said, this would have been a 5 star read with better editing. The story is too long and tends to drag. 4 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and Harriet Walker for this ARC.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lanigan

    First of all doesn’t this cover scream summer psychological thriller? . Page turning and tense this one is perfect for a stormy summer night! . Lizzie’s perfect wedding was planned in the South of France. What also made it perfect was a week away for wedding festivities with their closest of friends. . When they decided to call their wedding off their friends decided they should still go for the week away and take Lizzie with. All their travel arrangements are already paid for and there are no refunds First of all doesn’t this cover scream summer psychological thriller? . Page turning and tense this one is perfect for a stormy summer night! . Lizzie’s perfect wedding was planned in the South of France. What also made it perfect was a week away for wedding festivities with their closest of friends. . When they decided to call their wedding off their friends decided they should still go for the week away and take Lizzie with. All their travel arrangements are already paid for and there are no refunds. . Strangely when they arrive it seems no one actually canceled the wedding. All of their perfectly beautiful arrangements are waiting for them but Lizzie knows it was canceled. They all decide to partake in the wedding alcohol, it’s there so why not? The next day Lizzie needs to piece everything together. Who is messing with her and better yet why? . I went in completely blind so I don’t want to give anything else away but it was worth the ride! . . Thank you to #NetGalley and #BallantineBooks for an arc in exchange for an honest review .

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Digiantonio

    The Wedding Night by Harriet Walker is a psychological thriller about the ways people go to hurt other people. Though this didn't involve murder or a mysterious disappearance, I would say that it still lives up to the thriller genre classification. I read this in one night, fascinated by the characters and the flashbacks, trying to understand the whole story. The story revolves around Lizzie and her friends, who provide most of the narration, as they continue to take the trip to Lizzie's wedding The Wedding Night by Harriet Walker is a psychological thriller about the ways people go to hurt other people. Though this didn't involve murder or a mysterious disappearance, I would say that it still lives up to the thriller genre classification. I read this in one night, fascinated by the characters and the flashbacks, trying to understand the whole story. The story revolves around Lizzie and her friends, who provide most of the narration, as they continue to take the trip to Lizzie's wedding venue after it was cancelled. Lots of drinking is involved on the "wedding night" and the next day, the friends wake-up to little recall as to what happened the night before. The story moved at a clipping pace and I continued wanting to know what happens next! I really enjoyed the ending and thought the author resolved all the storylines in a timely manner. I would gladly recommend this to all thriller fans and would read future novels from Harriet Walker!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anya

    I received this book via ARC from Netgalley. Many thanks to Netgalley for giving me this opportunity. So I eagerly anticipated reading this book as I enjoyed the author's prior novel (The New Girl). I was intrigued by the premise of a group of friends gathering in a French country house to have a 'free holiday' out of the ashes of their friends canceled wedding plans. Secrets and drama are abound... or at least I thought so.. Once I started the novel I noticed about a third of the way through tha I received this book via ARC from Netgalley. Many thanks to Netgalley for giving me this opportunity. So I eagerly anticipated reading this book as I enjoyed the author's prior novel (The New Girl). I was intrigued by the premise of a group of friends gathering in a French country house to have a 'free holiday' out of the ashes of their friends canceled wedding plans. Secrets and drama are abound... or at least I thought so.. Once I started the novel I noticed about a third of the way through that the story line was dragging punctuated by flashbacks, which is fine. However some of the sentences were grammatically structured in such a way as to force me to go back and re-read them, sometimes more than once to make sense to me. The author also enjoyed using 'big words' frequently, some of them proved very archaic. While e end of the novel was unique and it did have a twist, I was actually quite relieved to have finally finished the novel.

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