Summary: 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.
Review: 2 1/2 stars
Girl’s Night Out is a story about three women, Ashley, Lauren and Natalie, who went on vacation in Mexico to help them mend their broken friendships with one another. Rather than the trip bringing them back together, tensions rose and their disagreements grew. If that wasn’t bad enough, the morning they were supposed to leave it was discovered that Ashley was missing. As they tried to piece together what could have happened to her or where she could be, they began to fear the worst.
The plot was actually pretty slow-paced. This is a story about a missing persons case and, and without much to go on the book really focused on the days leading up to Ashley’s disappearance. The relationship between the girls and the anger that Lauren and Natalie both had towards Ashley was what was really focused on. At times it felt extremely slow-paced and even a bit repetitive. The same issues that Lauren and Natalie had with Ashley were rehashed over and over . It felt so repetitive that I got bored.
I thought that this would be more of a mystery novel, but it really wasn’t. It had no big plot twists and it wasn’t much of a page turner for me. It was kind of boring and more about friendship than anything else. I felt as if it could’ve been done a bit better, or that it was mis marketed as a mystery novel when it was really about friendships.
If this wasn’t a review copy I don’t think that I would’ve finished reading it. It was slow-paced and very boring. I was really hoping that it would be great, but I was really let down. This book might be for somebody, but it wasn’t for me. The writing was good, but the plot needed some serious work.
I received a review copy from Netgalley and Lake Union publishing.