My Review of “Girls’ Night Out” by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke Lake Union Publishing, July 24, 2018
“Girls Night Out” by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke is a captivating, intriguing, intense, edgy and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery, Suspense and Thriller.The timeline of the story is in the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the events or characters in the story. The setting of the story takes place in Mexico. I love the way both authors vividly describe the breath-taking beauty and scenery of the setting, and landscape. This makes a perfect background for the story.
The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated. There are secrets, betrayals, lies and twists and turns. Ashley, Natalie and Lauren had been good friends for twenty years, and have grown apart. What seems to exist now is a toxic, dysfunctional, relationship riddled with anger, hostility and jealousy. Each of the three have their own significant problems. Ashley brings up the idea of having a “Girls Vacation” in Mexico, hoping that the three can work out their differences. What starts out as a promising premise, slowly turns into a nightmare.
The ancient and beautiful scenery described in Tulum Mexico has me ready to pack my bags, and book a flight. The relaxing views, or the historic architecture to explore, sounds worth the journey. What better place to be than with old friends? Originally that was Ashley’s idea to mend fences and friendships during such a vacation together. The problem is, does anyone really know everything about their friends?
After a night of drinking and arguing, Natalie finds herself on the beach, wet from the water and full of sand, with a terrible headache.Natalie doesn’t remember why she is on the beach or what happened. She goes back to her room and finds that Ashley is missing. Frantically, she goes to Lauren’s room, and both start looking for Ashley.
Both Natalie and Lauren regret their behavior and have feelings of guilt as the search for Ashley goes on. The Mexican police is called and each of the girls is questioned thoroughly. The key may be in Natalie’s blocked memories.
I love that the authors discuss the importance of friendship, honesty, loyalty, and communication. I want to hug my friends this minute, and tell them how I appreciate them. I would highly recommend this amazing novel to readers that appreciate suspense, mystery and adventure. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.