Publication Date: 24th July from Lake Union Publishing.
Source: Review Copy.
For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.
Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?
As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.
Girls Night Out is a really excellent drama thriller featuring a group of friends whose fracturing relationship leads to dark goings on during a holiday to Mexico…
Really well plotted this one with three realistically drawn main protagonists who have been friends for many years. But they have also all kept their secrets and as things come to a head during a holiday they had all hoped would reconnect them, it is completely riveting and beautifully crafted.
I loved the unpredictable quality of it, after one of them goes missing we see present time and flashback, filling in the missing pieces and finally leading to a solution. Like all good books in this genre there are a lot of shades of grey thrown in with regards to all of their actions and indeed non actions that ultimately encourage the reader to take sides.
It is clever, often emotional and highly readable, with the Mexican setting brought to life beautifully. This is my first read from this writing duo but it certainly won’t be my last.