Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Book Review - Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Title: Girls' Night Out
Author: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: EDPR
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 24th July 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

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.

There is just a small part of me that think I may have been nuts reading a psychological drama set in Mexico, under a week before I head off there for Christmas.  Thankfully I'm off to a different part of the country and should be safe in a nice all inclusive hotel. 

I also very much doubt my holiday will take the sinister turns that Natalie, Lauren's and Ashley's does, when one of them goes missing. 

Not only that its a holiday filled with unbelievable amounts of tension, between three ladies who have been lifelong friends, until the previous year where fractures in their friendships appeared. 

They are all hiding things from each other, which didn't really help them reconnect their bonds. 

The book is told in chapters from the few days before one of them goes missing, and also in the present from the moment where the disappearance it noticed.  We get the story from all three perspective, so really got to know the three. 

I can't say I particularly gelled with any of the characters, but I was loving the small amounts of description of Tulum and Chichen Iza, and also I keep reading as I had to know what happened.   

For me it was more of a slow burner, and once it got going I found it a lot harder to put down, and I found myself thinking about the story while I wasn't reading it.  Definitely a good book and one that I enjoyed. 

Thank you to EDPR for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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