“Girls’ Night Out” as a title alone can be deceiving... is it a comedy, a thriller, chick lit.. yet when you see the authors - Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke And if you know their previous books, especially ‘The Good Widow’ you realise this is clever suspense at it’s best... so unsurprisingly I was completely blown away.
Three friends go on a relaxing getaway to reconnect. The women are in their 40’s... Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren and they developed a close-knit friendship during college but over the years their friendship has fizzled a little. Thinking a girls' trip, with plenty of sun and booze, will fix everything, they head to Tulum, Mexico.
Toasting over ginormous margaritas, they all agree that they should throw caution to the wind and anything could happen! After a wild night of who knows what, Natalie wakes up completely alone on beach with absolutely no memory of what happened. She’s scared and fearful that she was drugged. Natalie is the responsible one - forty with a husband and kids and this kind of thing never happens to her.
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.
For those of us who love Friendships with secrets and a fast-paced, suspenseful, and compelling novel - ‘Girls’ Night Out’ fits the bill perfectly! 4.5 Stars
I was excited to get this novel, as I had loved the authors' previous work "The Good Widow" and was looking forward to experience this latest book. However I found this novel to fall well short of that.. It sees three women travelling to Mexico to try to mend unravelling friendships. Their relationships become more and more strained over the week, and then on the last night one of the women, Ashley, disappears, leaving Lauren and Natalie frantically looking for her.. Lauren had left them earlier in the night and Natalie had woken up on the beach with her clothing wet, and no memories of the night, coming to believe she had been drugged. Ashley had been spending time with a local man Marco, much to the annoyance of her friends, but he is now nowhere to be found. The police are soon around asking questions, but has Ashley simply run off with Marco? Or has something more sinister happened? This book is told in alternating chapters from before the fateful night and from after it, with the women taking turns to narrate. This did hold my interest, as we start to explore what did happen in the leadup, who was hiding secrets and why they thought their lives were falling apart. Honestly though I found none of them sympathetic with each of them in turn trying to blame the others for their unhappy lives. All in all, the majority of this novel is about three stubborn, selfish cows that spend their whole time arguing. It overpowers the suspense that could have built into something chilling, but never quite reaches those heights. I found that this novel did have the potential to be more riveting, but in the end it was disappointing. My thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
WOW - what a book! Girls Night Out was one of those books that is really hard to put down. The lives of these 3 women will draw you in and you will keep wanting more. I loved that it kept me guessing right to the end - and what an ending!
It is the story of 3 estranged friends - Ashley, Natalie and Lauren. Their friendships have been struggling recently so they head down to Mexico for a girls weekend to try to mend it. The ladies find it hard to reconnect, with lies being told and secrets staying secrets. They spend a lot of time drinking and then they meet Marco. They don't all trust him but he is their willing tour guide.
Then one night Ashley does not come back to the hotel and nobody knows why or where she is. Did she run away from her problems or did their new friend Marco kidnap her? Or could it be something worse?
I really enjoyed this book, a quick and easy read that keeps you interested til the very end
You know when you count down the days waiting for something? I was doing that while waiting for this book to be released. It was okay. The storyline sounded promising but it didn't live up to my expectation. The characters annoyed me and it dragged on in some parts. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it.
I just didn't like the style. I've read other books where chapters jump between different character's point-of-view, that seemed far more fluid than this one. The story was reasonable, but it just seemed disjointed and less engaging than I hoped.