Published: 15 July 2021
Author: Harriet Walker
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Length: 384 pages
Reading dates: 29 June-3 July 2021
What do you do when the wedding of your dreams turns into a nightmare?
When Lizzie calls off her wedding in the south of France only a week before the big day, not even her closest friends know why. But since the chateau is already paid for, they figure it’s the perfect place to take Lizzie’s her mind off her suddenly single state.
But when the group arrives, the wedding is waiting for them – food, flowers, and all.
The next day, Lizzie wakes to find her friends have drunkenly revelled in the wedding-that-wasn’t – but not all their antics were benign. Someone is set on tormenting Lizzie, and she can’t think who.
The more the friends try to piece together exactly what happened that night, the more secrets start to come out . . .
The Wedding Night starts as Lizzie emails her two best friends, Anna and Effie to call off her wedding to Dan. Due to take place in a chateau in France, both women are upset for their friend but also themselves as they had both been looking forward to getting away. In the end, they manage to persuade Lizzie to go to the chateau with them and their partners, convincing her it will take her mind off everything.
Anna is a successful lawyer and is married to Steve with a young son – she is determined this holiday will do her good, being away from the everyday trials of normal life and to reconnect with her husband. Effie is still nursing her wounds from a breakup 6 months earlier but has recently started dating Ben, the best man from the wedding.
Told from the point of view of the 3 women, this is a story about female friendships, the things we will do for our friends, the insecurities but also the love friends can share. There are certainly secrets within this friendship group. When Lizzie wakes up the day after they arrive and finds her friends have trashed the chateau, eaten the wedding food and drunk the champagne which was supposed to have been cancelled, she is furious. Then threatening hand-written notes start appearing and the guests start to suspect that the groom may have followed them to France to torment Lizzie.
I thought The Wedding Night was well written – I especially enjoyed the dynamics between the friends and I was never sure who or where the threat was coming from. I did work out where the story was going from quite early on but I’m not sure if the author deliberately was letting us work it out or I was being exceptionally clever! More a character study than thriller, this was an enjoyable read.
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About the author
Harriet Walker is the fashion editor of The Times. She has been a newspaper journalist for more than ten years and has also written for Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Born in Glasgow and raised in Sheffield, Harriet Walker studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and now lives in South London with her husband and their daughter.