Saturday, March 19, 2011

Review/Interview/GIVEAWAY: The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan

A huge thanks to Savita for stopping by and for Melissa at i swim for oceans for hosting this fabulous blog tour!


Wow. That's not at all what I was expecting. You know that feeling when you wake up from a nightmare and you have that lingering skin-crawly feeling that stays with you the entire day? This book is that nightmare.

I really liked Sam and my 12-year-old self could totally relate to him. He's the new kid, slightly awkward and looking for a super awesome BFF. He finds said BFF in Lloyd, one of the coolest kids in school. At 12, that's kind of a big deal. Lloyd makes cautious Sam want to be a brave, adventurous kid.

An honest mistake causes these boys to find themselves in the most horrifying of nightmares. I knew I was getting myself into something creepy when I first saw the cover of The Long Weekend, but there are some extremely disturbing happenings within its covers. Traumatic, even. I devoured this book in one sitting and not just because it's short. It's engrossing and made my heart pound, all the while making me queasy.

You can never, ever be too careful. The things that these boys endure is something I'd never wish upon my worst enemy. It makes me want to never let my future children out of my house or out of my sight. When we go into public, it makes me want to cut anyone who even LOOKS at them wrong. This book is terrifying, hands down. Because as scary as vampires, werewolves, and demons are, it's ten times worse to read about the horrors that are real and happen among us every single day.


MB: Seriously, Savita. Was your sole purpose in writing this book to give me goose
bumps in my spinal fluid? Because it worked.

SK: Hi Jen! Thanks for inviting me here today. Sorry about the goose bumps in your
spinal fluid – trust me, I got them too, when I was writing the book!

MB: The Long Weekend was an extraordinarily unsettling book. What are you hoping that
readers take away from this experience?

SK: Basically, I hope they absolutely love the book, enjoyed it, connected with it – withor without the goose bumps! I wanted the book to be enjoyed for what it is, a dark,tense thriller, and to be memorable. If they take away more than that, then even better. If they read it and it makes them think about those moments of distraction, especially teens, that would be a very good thing indeed. And if, in some small way, it helps those who need to know that just because a monster crept into your life and tried to destroy you, your life doesn’t have to end there, then I’ll be very happy.

MB: What has been your biggest challenge as a published author?
SK: Writing a book that can follow The Long Weekend! The pressure for my second book to match up to the standard The Long Weekend set is incredible. That aside, I think my naivety in what being a published author entailed was a challenge. There were so many aspects of being a published writer that I was completely unaware of and it has been hard work coming to grips with. Finding a balance between time to write, marketing and promoting, raising my profile on the internet, networking and trying to have a life outside of it where you can switch off from it all is pretty tough.

MB: The scenario in which Sam and Lloyd found themselves is pretty much a nightmare.
Tell us about the scariest dream that you've ever had.

SK: There’s a recurring nightmare I’ve had since my teens. It’s definitely the scariest of all my nightmares and it resembles one of those Night of the Living Dead type films. It’s pretty horrific, so I’ll spare you the details, but basically it involves being chased through a dark, deserted town by a group of zombie like things, and just when you think you’ve managed to elude them you turn around and they’re standing right there... If you want to read the whole nightmare, I’ll be putting it up on my website, so check it out there – and prepare for major goosebumps!

MB: If you could take a non-nightmarish long weekend to a vacation spot of your choice, where would it be? What would you do?
SK: Okay, if it was for longer than a long weekend, I would say Malaysia because I LOVE the sea and the sand and warm tropical weather. But for a long weekend...? I would say Paris. I’ve been there several times and I never tire of it. I love the cafe-culture there, the food, and the wine, and I always go to the Musee d’ Orsay, which is one of my favourite museums.

It’s stunning isn’t it? It used to be a railway station.

MB: Sam has a monumental amount of courage. In a parallel universe where Sam finds
himself in the same situation, let’s pretend that he has one super power to help him
save the day. What would that one super power be?

SK: Mmm, I think he’d probably like to be able to fly, so that he can get out of there as fast as possible. If he wasn’t allowed that super power, then he’d go for invisibility because when you’re trapped and being hunted, hiding and trying to stay alive, that’s what you want to be – completely invisible.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, Savita! Well, there you have it, folks. An amazing book written by an amazing author, who harbors a serious fear of zombies. Anyone who fears zombies is okay in my book, because I'll have a partner in crime to run away with me instead of fight during the zombie apocalypse. Plus, authors are smart, so she'll obviously save the day!

And now... THE GIVEAWAY!

For the international GIVEAWAY competition, I’d like your followers to answer
the question that you asked me! In the comments section tell us – What movie
or book has caused goose bumps in YOUR spinal fluid!
I’m looking forward to
reading your responses!
Thank you for your great questions, Jen! I’ve had a great time on your blog!


  1. I don't scare easy, but the movie that has brought me the closest to having that feeling would have to be The Exorcism of Emily Rose. That movie is just really creepy, but oh so good.

    The Long Weekend sounds really good, I'll definitely be adding it to my wishlist. ^_^

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  2. The books that have creeped me out - Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman. They are creepy but so addictive. I couldn't put them down.

  3. I am thoroughly creeped out while reading the Devouring series by Simon Holt. It's just terrifying at times.

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  4. Definitely White is for Magic by Laurie Stolarz. The whole series is spine-tingling to me.

    Awesome interview, Jen. :]

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  5. Black Swan :) It's not scary but it has its times LOL

  6. Interesting review and post. Well, Kiss the Girls and some other early Alex Cross (by James Patterson) novels really got me going. The movie as well...

  7. Well, I tend to avoid movies that freak me out, because I watched The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp with I was 10 or 11, and it seriously gave me horrific nightmares for 3 weeks. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw scenes from the movie and it took me forever to fall asleep!

    I've been wanting to try reading more books that freak me out though! This one sounds awesome! Loved the interview!

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  8. I hate watching scary movies but there's something gripping about them nonetheless. Is it bad to say I was frightened of Scream and have had nightmares of the fisherman with the hook for a hand from I Know What You Did last Summer?

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. OMG! Now that I have read this I MUST read the book!I am a horror-junkie! I love getting scared - the adrenaline just works. And the spine-tingling effect just works for me! I love it! :)

    As a self-professed horror-junkie, I must admit, I am generally hard to please these days ... but the last movie that really scared me was "The Broken" - a UK movie about the strangeness of mirrors. Honestly - scared me a lot. "Paranormal Activity" had its scary moments, but in general, it wasn't that great. In terms of books, I think the scariest one I have read was back when I read "Jane Eyre", the creepy wife ... yeah.
    Thanks so much for this contest! I am really looking forward to this book! :)

  10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Scares me to death! Just the sound of chainsaws can make me cry, now.

    The book sounds amazing and good interview = )


  11. Watching anything scary gives me nightmares. I guess that's why Nightmare on Elm St. creeps me out the most.
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  12. Most recently, reading the girl abductor's POV in The Body Finder. It gave me nightmares.

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  13. I guess I would say 1408, 'cause it messes with psychological stuff and all!
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