Girls’ Night Out
by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Lake Union Publishing – July 24, 2018
My Rating: ★★★★ out of 5
From the bestselling authors of The Good Widow comes a chilling novel of psychological suspense that will make you think twice about what your best friend may be hiding…
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.
Three friends go on relaxing getaway to reconnect. The women are 40(ish) and have been friends since college. They have been through a lot together, but recently the friendship has been strained. Thinking a girls’ trip, with plenty of sun and booze, will fix everything, they head to Tulum, Mexico. While they reconnect and relax, things don’t really go as planned, especially when one of the friends is missing the last morning in Mexico.
The friends, Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, each have personal issues happening in their lives. Unfortunately, those issues have affected their friendship. Ashley and Natalie have a business together, and that has created tension between the two of them. Lauren lost her husband the previous year, and, soon after, had a falling out with Ashley and Natalie. Between work, marriage, and life in general, the friends haven’t been as close as they once were, and haven’t exactly been honest with one another about their lives.
This story is told through alternating viewpoints – Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren. The book starts with Natalie waking up after their last girls’ night out in Tulum and realizing Ashley is missing. The night before is a haze, but Natalie and Lauren have a hard time believing Ashley would leave and not let them know where she was. As the story unfolds, we learn more about each of the women, their past, their present, and what happened on their girls’ night out.
Friendship and secrets. A fast-paced, suspenseful, and compelling novel. Best read while sipping a mojito on the beach.
I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.