Girl’s Night Out

"Not quite enough suspense or intrigue for me to make it what I would call a classy thriller."


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's Night Out' started really well. Natalie wakes up on a beach with no memory of the night before, all she knows is her best friend Ashley is missing. The story goes back in time a few days leading up to when Ashley went missing, to the morning of her disappearance. In theory it's a really good story line, but I really struggled with the three main characters - I was unable to warm to any of them. Natalie is weak and unable to stand up for herself, Lauren sulks and Ashley walks over everyone to get what she wants. As the story went on there was more dialogue than actual plot and it felt as though I was reading a play rather than a novel. Conversations will often add to a story or plot when used in moderation but I felt they were over used and would have preferred the story to be built up in the background. It also felt as though the arguments were being replayed and kept going over old ground which meant I lost interest and really only kept reading to find out what happened to Ashley and the night she went missing. Even the police investigation was done by dialogue which to me really watered down the suspense and effect. Not quite enough suspense or intrigue for me to make it what I would call a classy thriller.

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