By Christopher Pike
Four guys and five
girls spend a weekend together at a luxury Oceanside mansion in Mexico.
There is white sand and rolling surf, so it should be very pleasant,
what with the explosion and the dead phone lines it is hard for the
gang to keep up that holiday spirit.
The main character in Weekend
is a young girl called Shani. She has
known Kerry, Angie, Robin and Lena for years. Park is like a brother to
her and Sol is a guy who may have a dark past; he
certainly gives the impression of being quite handy with his
switchblade. Then there's Bert; he may not be the sharpest knife in
the drawer, but he is a big, lovable lug with a heart of gold. He is
also quite amusing. Flynn is the new guy. He's from England, so none
of the others really know him that well. Given the chance,
Shani would like to get to know him considerably better, but as the
story progresses she has grounds to worry that he might not be what he
The Luxury mansion belongs to Robin and Lena's wealthy parents. Their
father works in the music industry. Neither he nor
his wife are there for the weekend, so Robin and Lena have the run of
the place. Money can buy a great many things, but it can't buy good
health, which is a pity because Robin is in urgent need of a kidney
transplant, but is at the bottom of the waiting list. Until last
November Robin was very healthy, very vibrant and very in love
with Park. Then—overnight—her world was turned upside down and
everything changed. Now her life depends on a dialysis machine and
Park is with Angie.
Park isn't the only one who has changed partners. Until recently Sol
used to be Kerry's boyfriend. Now Lena is his preferred smooching
companion. All in all, it's not surprising there is a little
bad blood between some of the parties concerned.
In a lot of ways Weekend
is more a mystery story than a work of
horror and you end up wondering what happened to Robin, why did it
happen, and who—if anyone—was responsible? If all that is a mystery
though, so are some present events: why has the rest of the class not
turned up, and why isn't Robin's dialysis working as well
as it should be? Most of these things, and more, remain a mystery right
until the end of the book, which is 190 pages long.
To be honest none of these things would have been enough to
keep me interested in the book, but a rather unusual Indian also
features in the story. He appears to know a lot more about what is
going on than anyone else, talks in parables, and has an uncanny
with animals. His ability with animals seems to rub off on a couple of
the other characters as well.
Without the Indian, I might have got a little bored by
alone is seldom enough to keep my interest, but red-skinned guys,
who have strange powers, and friends that wear feathers, can make all
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