Authors: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
334 pages, published July 24, 2018
Lake Union Publishing
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
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.
I'm a huge fan of Liz and Lisa's books, and loved that they moved into the suspense/thriller genre with The Good Widow last year--it was one of my favorites of 2017. I was so excited to read Girls' Night Out. The story did start out a bit slow for me but once I was hooked I couldn't stop. The book rotated time and perspectives, but was well done and not confusing. The chapters switched between the morning after they discovered Ashley was missing, then back to the beginning of the trip, and so on until the night she went missing, each chapter giving you a few more clues and details about the girls' strained relationships. These ladies had some pretty serious issues, and these issues come out in full force throughout the book. There were some pretty shocking endings to chapters that definitely keep you reading all the way to the end. I won't give any spoilers here--I have more to say but can't say without giving away the ending! The suspense of finding out what really happened takes you all the way up to the very end.
The setting--Tulum, in Mexico--is vividly described in the book. I could almost taste the margaritas and hear the waves. I wanted to be reading this one on the beach!
Liz and Lisa, lifelong best friends themselves, are an amazing writing team. I can't imagine the difficulty of writing a book with another person--blending your writing styles, making everything flow--and they do it with ease. I highly recommend all their books, but their most recent efforts have been their best. I think I liked The Good Widow a little more but only because it was set in Maui, and I absolutely love Hawaii--but both books are fantastic. Definitely add Girls' Night out to your late summer TBR!