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The Guilt Trip

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

By Sandie Jones

A Tense Domestic Drama Full of Insecurity, Jealousy, and Suspicion.



Six friends. A destination wedding. A villa on the ocean in Portugal. The perfect wedding setting. The bride, Ali, is full of energy and beautiful, but she is also exhausting, stretches the truth, and is a little ditzy.

Rachel and Jack, who is the groom's brother, and their friends Noah and Paige are all flying with Ali to Portugal to meet up with Will, the groom. Rachel and Noah have known each other well for over 20 years, but now they both have children and are married to other people. Rachel and Page are even the best of friends.

Jack rues the day he ever introduced his brother to Ali and doesn't get what Will sees in Ali. Jacks worked with Ali and has no patience for her ditziness. When the wedding weekend gets underway, secrets are revealed that raise tensions and have many members of this wedding party suspicious.


This tense wedding weekend is not relaxing for anyone. The story is told from Rachel’s perspective. She juggles a husband who says he doesn’t like the bride and her secret feelings for her old boyfriend, Noah. Her insecurity and jealousy propel the story.

Ali’s behavior adds to the suspicions arising in the story. Paige thinks she is just seeking attention, but Ali is all drama. The story starts with her losing her passport on the way to the airport for the wedding. You can’t help but think much of Ali’s drama is intentionally created. She is an interesting character causing you to shift your thoughts and feelings about her frequently.

While Author Sandie Jones’ story is a good one, it’s a little drawn out at the end. You can’t wait to get to the bottom of what is going on with these three couples, and it doesn’t come soon enough. While the characters are frustrating at times, it’s worth the read.

Jones is also the author of The Other Woman (2018), The First Mistake (2019), and The Half Sister (2020).

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for an advance reading copy of this book.

Publisher St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books

Published August 3, 2021

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