Are you ready for all these post-#24in48readathon reviews? ‘Cause I sure am! (If I can muster up the energy to get them all done!) I technically started this novel before the readathon started, but quickly got through it during the course of the weekend. Some thriller/suspense novels grab you right away, but some take a bit to really get into. This book was the latter. However, once it got going, I was hooked!
Girls’ Night Out (which is officially published as of today!) is by the same pair as The Good Widow—Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. Three seemingly estranged friends hope their Mexican vacation can help them reconnect…until they wake up, one of them is missing, and one of them can’t remember the night before. Told in a split-narrative from all three women’s perspectives, this novel also alternates between “the night” in Ashley disappears, and the aftermath of how Natalie and Lauren try to find out what happened to their friend. As their relationship is already estranged, Natalie and Lauren start to doubt each other and wonder what really happened to Ashley–all while each woman is coping with some personal issues.
As I mentioned, it took me a bit to get into this book; I didn’t really connect with any of the characters–two of which own their own thriving business, and the other who is mourning the loss of her abusive husband. I also wasn’t dying to know what had happened; I just wasn’t invested. But then…something clicked and I was hooked; I flew through the last half of the story, just as everything was starting to unravel! Even up to the very end I was trying to figure out exactly what happened, and how the characters would cope. While I couldn’t necessarily connect with the main female characters, I think all women can relate to dealing with frenemies and/or trying to navigate strong, female friendships. If you’re looking for a thriller or suspense novel with some beautiful resort-like scenery, potentially unreliable narrators, and strong female characters, you will definitely enjoy Girls’ Night Out!
Best binged with: a coconut mojito–perfect to celebrate the Mexican resort in Tulum this novel takes place at!
[I received a digital, advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.]