Many thanks to Kathleen Carter, Amazon Publishing, and Lake Union Authors for providing my free copy – 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.
This book is so compelling and downright addictive! The complexity of female friendships, drama, deception, secrets, and an exotic destination all make for a magnificent read!
Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren were the best of friends and have known each other over twenty years. Natalie and Ashley are partners in a self-made business which causes strain. Additionally when Lauren’s husband passed away, Ashley said some harsh words at the funeral and Natalie sided with Ashley because of their business partnership. Lauren continues to feel like the odd person out but Ashley wants to make amends by bringing them together for a girls’ trip to the beautiful beaches of Tulum, Mexico. But of course, secrets are revealed and drama ensues. And then Ashley meets Marco and that’s when things really go awry. Ashley goes missing and the girls’ friendship start to crumble. Seriously…SO GOOD.
There is a generous amount of suspense in this book and I HAD TO KNOW how this would end. I really enjoyed how thoroughly it examines the complex nature of female friendships with cat fights galore. Does anyone else think three’s a crowd? Because it seriously is in this book. The narrative is told from multiple perspectives so you get a little bit of each side of the story, alternating between the time spent on the trip to the present day when Ashley is missing. You will be flipping the pages at record speed until you get to the end. And can we talk about that ending?!! GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT is the PERFECT summer read – the writing duo of Fenton and Steinke deliver an entertaining book with complex characters and vibrant descriptions of a paradise beach setting. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this!!
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars!
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