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.
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Girls’ Night Out
by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
I’m just now starting to get into psychological, suspense, and thriller women’s fiction and believe me when I say, Liz & Lisa take the cake so far. Girls’ Night Out is a “where did she go” and “who done it” type of book that I didn’t want to put down! And when I did have to step away, it was all I could think about.
Ever head the saying, “three’s a crowd?” Well, Liz & Lisa explore this topic a little more with three women who’ve been friends for almost 20 years. There’s layers here and each more complicated than the last. Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren go way back, but for the past year they have been more close to the term strangers than besties. I think every woman can agree that life long friends are hard to come by and harder to keep, and when you do find a group of amazing women whom you call friends, you relationships aren’t without a little growing pains. I think the authors did a great job of showing that these women had history and that things don’t always come easy.
The plot and pace of the novel was spot on. I loved the drama and suspense of it all. The way the book is laid out in before and after chapters was, in my opinion, brilliant. It kept me intrigued and wanting more. The suspense of it all had me worked up to the point of madness and the drama between the women was perfectly laid out. It was believable and I could definitely relate to how something aren’t as easy to forgive.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. This was my first read by Liz & Lisa and I have to say I’m fan. The story was so much fun to dive into and on a more personal level, I think every woman can understand Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren’s point of views. The story is of deep friendship, hard truths, and scars from the past. It’s an all around great summer read!