Release date: July 24, 2018
Publisher: Lake Union
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.
Last summer I was raving about Liz and Lisa’s The Good Widow and was SO excited to hear that they would be sticking with suspense for this next book as well. This had many of the same aspects that worked so well for me in TGW; it’s extremely fast paced and exciting, it’s addictive the kind of book you can’t put down until you finish and it’s set in another stunning location that the authors bring to life!
At its core this book is about female friendships and not just the fun, sunny side. It explores the darker side and how the dynamics of a group of three can be so tricky even in a small group that’s known each other for two decades. You get to hear from all three ladies and it flips from the day they arrive to the morning after the night Ashley disappears. The idea of someone vanishing in Mexico scares the living hell out of me, my family and I travel to Mexico at least twice per year but three women vacationing alone there? Yikes, I won’t be doing that anytime soon! The possibilities were endless in terms of what happened to Ashley, was she kidnapped? Killed? Did she abandon her old life to start a new one? The theories were abundant and as more details were revealed about the intricacies of Ashley, Lauren and Natalie’s friendship, questions just kept piling up.
I’m going to stop there and just say this has beach read written all over it, it’s intense enough to satisfy thriller fans yet light enough for readers who don’t do well with violence, it will appeal to everyone, so don’t miss it!
Girls Night Out in three words: Dramatic, Entertaining and Addictive.
Overall rating: 4/5
Huge thanks to the authors for my signed copy!