The Wedding Night: A Novel (Paperback)
After ending her engagement, a woman decides to go on a much-needed getaway with her friends to clear her head—but she soon realizes her secret may be the one thing she can’t get away from.
“A twisty, tense and claustrophobic tale of secrets, manipulation and soured relationships. I loved it!”—Claire Douglas, author of Local Girl Missing
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 château is already paid for, they figure it’s the perfect place to take Lizzie and get her mind off her suddenly single state.
When the group arrives, it’s as if the wedding is waiting for them.
The next day, Lizzie wakes to find her friends have drunkenly reveled in the wedding-that-wasn’t—but not all their antics were benign. Someone is set on tormenting Lizzie, and she can’t figure out who.
The more the friends try to piece together exactly what happened that night, the more secrets start to come out.
The biggest secret of all—the one that must not be revealed—is Lizzie’s. But as intimidating messages appear around the château, it seems that someone intends to pursue her until it is. Will Lizzie ever be able to escape her past, or will it destroy more than one life on this trip?
About the Author
Harriet Walker is the fashion editor of The Times (UK) and author of The New Girl. She has been a journalist for more than a decade and has also written for Vogue, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar, among others. Born in Glasgow and raised in Sheffield, Walker studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and now lives in South London with her husband and daughter.
“I devoured The Wedding Night over one weekend. A twisty, tense, and claustrophobic tale of secrets, manipulation, and soured relationships. I loved it!”—Claire Douglas, author of Local Girl Missing
“A thriller for people who hate thrillers: tightly plotted, smartly drawn characters, captivating story with a satisfying twist at the end. Delicious.”—Pandora Sykes, author of How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right?
“A fantastically compelling portrait of female friendship and toxic relationships, as well as a tense, atmospheric thriller.”—Katherine Faulkner, author of Greenwich Park
“An intricate and surprising story of friendship, revenge, and redemption where no one and nothing are quite as they seem. The Wedding Night places female friendships at the center of both the story and the lives of its characters, who are so real you feel you know them. Walker’s writing is beautiful and immersive, and bristles with wry observation.”—Charlotte Philby, author of A Double Life