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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Just Two Weeks is a psychological thriller written by Amanda Sington-Williams. Jolene Carr is on vacation in Sri Lanka. She was supposed to have gone with her partner, Mark, but his father was gravely ill and Mark couldn’t take the time off. So Jo decided to go on her own and get a bit of sun and ocean. On her first day there, she goes down to the breakfast buffet bar. It’s sunny and gorgeous, and the pool outside is brilliantly blue. She’s greeted by a young woman who asks if they can sit and eat breakfast together. Jo figures she’ll go along as travel means making new friends. She also agrees to visit the private beach Raquel knows about. The two of them take a cab to the hotel, where Raquel seems to be known, and walk through the lobby to the private beach. Then Raquel offers to buy drinks, and they sit and relax together. Jo leaves to use the restroom and later realizes that the now-departed Raquel has taken her wallet, credit cards and passport, and she’s left the bill for Jo to pay.
Amanda Sington-Williams’ psychological thriller, Just Two Weeks, is suspenseful and exciting. Jo’s idyllic two weeks in paradise becomes a disorienting and terrifying ordeal. Sington-Williams swiftly immerses the reader in her protagonist’s place, alone with no money in a strange culture, and haunted by a woman whom she supposedly knows. Even after Jo gets back home, everything is strange and altered. Raquel is actively stalking her, and Mark seems strangely complicit. Just Two Weeks feels a lot like a Hitchcock thriller -- it keeps the tension up and the reader can’t help but keep on reading and experiencing Jo’s fear first-hand. I had a grand time reading this book. Sington-Williams is a marvelous writer, and her plot is tight, fast-paced and compelling. Just Two Weeks is very highly recommended.