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Savita Kalhan

  • Original Title: THE LONG WEEKEND
  • Publication date: October 2008
  • Publisher: Andersen
  • Country: IN
  • 180 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Psychological Thriller


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Survival, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, FAMILY, Life change, Manipulation, Psychological dysfunction, Rivalry, Solidarity, Commitment


Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with a man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive?


A "gripping and hypnotic YA thriller"

"This is a phenomenally tense book right from the start, as a car pulls up while the boys are waiting in the pouring rain and the driver shouts for them to jump in. Both of them assume it's the other one's father driving, a horribly plausible mistake for two boys of their age to make, but they quickly realise their mistake. Unfortunately, with the child locks on the car, they're powerless to correct it..." Reader's review

Sam is a fantastic main character, brave and resourceful but never implausibly so, while Lloyd and their kidnapper are also vividly realised. Kalhan also deserves huge plaudits for her writing style; it's pacy, ratchets up the tension, and the vocabulary she uses is simple and makes the book very accessible, even to reluctant readers.

"The Long Weekend is a gripping and horrifyingly realistic novel which is hard to put down." (Niamh Donnelly, age 13)

Savita Kalhan is an Indian writer. She now lives in the UK and studied at the University of Wales. She lived in the Middle East for several years, where she taught English. Her works include THE GIRL IN THE BROKEN MIRROR, STORIES FROM THE EDGE and THAT ASIAN KID.


Eleven-year-old Sam is the new boy at school. He’s been the new boy quite a few times before and finds it difficult to fit in with the cliques and gangs already formed. This time though he’s made friends with popular Lloyd through their joint love of football. Lloyd is very different to Sam, with his wealthy parents and apparent luxurious lifestyle. So when the pair make arrangements to get together after school, he’s not surprised when Lloyds Dad turns up to collect them in a flash car, kitted out with all the latest gadgets. However, Lloyd thinks its Sam’s parents’ picking them up, and in the excitement neither one thinks to check before jumping in the back. Things soon take a sinister turn however when they find themselves locked in an old mansion and realisation dawns. And so starts a long and very scary weekend, and someone is keen to make sure they never escape…

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