Girls' Night Out: A Novel

Girls' Night Out: A Novel

by Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke

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Overview

From the bestselling authors of The Good Widow comes a chilling novel of psychological suspense that will make you think twice about what your best friend may be hiding…

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503902565
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 52,997
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for thirty years. They’ve survived high school, college, and the publishing of four novels together, including the bestselling novel The Good Widow. Liz lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk-show producer, now lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and two bonus children. They’re huge animal lovers—between them, they have seven rescue dogs. Visit Liz and Lisa at www.lizandlisa.com.

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for thirty years. They’ve survived high school, college, and the publishing of four novels together, including the bestselling novel The Good Widow. Liz lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk-show producer, now lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and two bonus children. They’re huge animal lovers—between them, they have seven rescue dogs. Visit Liz and Lisa at www.lizandlisa.com.

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Girls' Night Out: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Alfoster 5 months ago
Shockingly, this is the first novel I've read by this duo but it won't be my last! I adore books about women and friendships and as I have several women with whom I've been friends with for years, this was especially appealing. Set in Mexico on a girls' weekend, the novel follows Lauren, Natalie, and Ashley as they attempt to repair the cracks that threaten both their business and personal lives. As women, we know how deep emotions can run and how easy it is to build walls and harbor grudges sometimes without even realizing where the problem began. So when Ashley disappears one night after spending time with a handsome local man, Lauren and Natalie must confront their own demons to gain closure and solve the mystery of what happened to their friend. Secrets, lies, deceptions...you know the drill! Extremely satisfying and poignant!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Girls' Night Out is an intriguing tale of three friends who take a trip to Mexico to try and mend the friendship. However, each one of the friends own lives are falling apart before their very eyes. It's also never easy when their is an odd number of friends because someone always gets left out. As these women try to mend their friendships, they open the door up to more problems while in Mexico which makes this mystery, psychological thriller even more intriguing. I would rate this book at probably a 3.5 to 4 stars. It was intriguing and I definitely could not put it down till I finished the book. I certainly want to read more books from Liz Fenton.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren have been friends for twenty years, but lately their friendships have been on the rocks. Ashley decides to invite them on a trip to Mexico so that they can hopefully regain their friendship and help sort out the turmoil each has within their own lives. Along the way, they meet Marco, who is obsessed with Ashley but claims that he will be their "tour guide" throughout the trip. Natalie wakes up one morning completely soaking wet on the beach with no idea what happened or how she got there. Girls' Night Out was a frantic, suspenseful read that had me carrying it with me everywhere I went, even just to read a few sentences! The very last chapter was stunning! I would definitely recommend Girls' Night Out to anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller/mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"There was something both eerie and beautiful about this place--as if it could save you or break you depending on what you wanted from it." The whole time I read this book, I thought of all my girlfriends, the ones I've known for decades as the girls in the book, the ones I hope to know for decades to comes, and the ones I'd go on a vacation just like this one with....except let's hope our vacation would go much, much better. In a weird way, even among all the drama and problems, the trip still had the potential for a fun trip. A trip I would want to go on. And I want to tell all of my girlfriends to read this book. Not because it reminds me of us....because well, yikes, but because its the kind of book you want to read with a group of girlfriends. I love that it was even written by best friends who have been friends for decades. It makes Lauren, Natalie and Ashley feel so real. The book had me going back and forth, suspecting everyone the way books with unreliable characters do so well. And I hoped so much for each of them that it wasn't them. Even the slimy Marco, I hoped wasn't slimy. I even suspected people who weren't on the vacation! Some of the middle began feeling repetitive while Natalie and Lauren were reiterating all of what had happened to all the different people. And even when they were rethinking all of what had happened, questioning what they thought they knew and believed. I'm sure it was supposed to add to the suspense, but it drug on a bit. But once we hit the climax, I could NOT turn the pages fast enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't finish this book. The first third of the book had me absolutely hating these three women. The were immature, self centered, annoying.....how could anyone be friends with them? But I plugged along and let the story unfold. I really liked the story. Still hated the women. They made friendship seem so hard. Real friendship shouldn't be so difficult. But it was all summed up in the achknowledgments at the very end.....be kind, be understanding, and above all, never hesitate to apologize to someone. So in the end, I did enjoy this book and many thanks to Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read it.
Debi_2014andBeyond More than 1 year ago
Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is a well written and fast paced mystery. The basic premise is that there are three old friends, Ashley, Natalie and Lauren, who venture to Mexico on a girls' trip in an effort to repair their long-time friendship. When one of them disappears after a night of partying the page turning begins. The story is suspenseful and compelling. I have seen others describe this book as such as they are exactly right in their description. I personally found myself flipping the pages, wanting to find out all of the hidden secrets of these three women with the hopes that it would answer the question of what had happened to their friendship. The trip is meant to fix relationships but in truth, the secrets they have and the pain they've caused each other may be too far gone to repair. Overall, this book was an interesting read that provided some really good twists and turns. It also provided very engaging and believable characters, along with an intriguing plot. It served as a perfect end-of-summer read! This was my first read from Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. I’m looking forward to reading more from this talented duo in the future! I received an advanced readers digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to provide a positive review and this affected neither my opinion of the book, nor the content of my review!! Thank you NetGalley!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AHHHH!!! This book was SO good. After reading The Good Widow, I was so excited to hear that Liz and Lisa had written another book and couldn't wait to get to reading. Girls' Night Out did not disappoint! I was hooked from the first page. Ashley, Lauren, and Natalie are in Tulum for a girls' trip. Ashley has planned the trip to try to mend her friendship with Lauren and to "seek answers." As the story unfolds, we learn how each of these ladies is struggling - individually, in their marriages (or in Lauren's case, in her new state of being a widow), and in their friendships with one another. Each character is so heartbreakingly real with struggles that are so relatable. Early in the trip Ashley meets Marco, a self-proclaimed "tour guide," who inserts himself into their plans, much to the annoyance of Lauren and Natalie. When Natalie wakes up on a beach in a wet dress, covered with sand, and with no memory of how she got there, things start to take a serious, horrible turn. Ashely is missing and Natalie's missing memories hold the answers to her whereabouts. As Natalie and Lauren search for Ashley, they also explore whether they can trust one another - or even if they can trust their own selves. The story is told from each woman's perspective in a flashback style. The story is gripping, fast moving, and unpredictable. I also really enjoyed that the authors obviously took their time to get to know Tulum. 100% recommend!!! Thank you NetGalley , Lake Union Publishing, and Lisa and Liz for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an. honest review!
bookaholique More than 1 year ago
Ashley, Natalie and Lauren have had a strained relationship for about a year. They make a decision to go to Mexico, hoping the relaxed atmosphere will help them heal old wounds. From the very beginning of the trip the ladies still have a hard time letting go of their anger. When Angela turns up missing after a night of too much partying, Natalie and Lauren are left to try and find her. This is told in alternating chapters of before and after Angela went missing. In both timeframes, we learn of the many things that have caused the relationships to struggle. This is the first book I've read by Liz Fenton. I can't really say there was one character that I liked, but I'm ok with that. For this story, that concept worked. I was interested in finding out what happened to Angela and what caused the riff between the three. Towards the end, I did find myself skimming through some chapters. All in all, it was an enjoyable read. I received this from Lake Union publishing via Netgalley.
TBRetc More than 1 year ago
I love reading books by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. They're friends and writing partners (and I was luckily enough to get to meet them at a recent event in Chicago). Their unique dynamic allows them to craft incredibly authentic and nuanced female friendships, in a way that rings true and makes me think of the relationships in my own life. Girls Night Out was tense. Three longtime friends take a trip to Mexico for some much needed away time to try and get reconnected with one another. They've had a bit of a falling out- two are business partners who are disagreeing with the direction their business should take and one is a very recent widow who blames part of her husband's death on her friend. The three quickly discover that they're not quite ready to reconcile yet... And one of them winds up missing. I loved reading about Tulum Mexico and definitely want to take a trip there- but I think I'll stick with girls I'm not fighting with :) If you like to read realistic books set in tropical locations with a lot of suspense and drama, I can see this working for you.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Girls Night Out – Fenton/Steinke (7/24) My first reaction when I finished this was WOW. This was a roller coaster ride of a story, with three friends who are hoping to repair a friendship that has splintered over the years. Unfortunately, things don’t go anywhere near as planned, as so many secrets and resentments have built up over the years. And, just when they thought things couldn’t get worse, they do. Ashley disappears and memories are fuzzy. The twists and turns, told from each characters point of view, combined with the alternating timeline, kept me on my toes. When three get together, it seems someone is always left out or unsure of their place, and that is definitely true in this book. There is so much here to like, and, even more, to make you think. When and author (or authors) write characters that evoke strong emotions, you know they and their stories are well-written. The authors are new to me, and I am anxious to read more!
PattySmith87 More than 1 year ago
Thank You to Netgalley, Lake Union Publishing and the authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke for an ARC in exchange for an hones review. All opinions are my own and independent of receiving and advanced copy. Three girls, who were at one time best friends, had a falling out and decide to go to Mexico to see if they can mend their relationships. Ashley, Natalie and Lauren soon discover that friendships are not so easily put back together, even if they miss each other and want to try to mend fences. What was supposed to be a week of reconnecting and reaffirming their love for each other, ended up being filled with harsh words and hurt feelings. Then, tragedy strikes when Ashley goes missing and Natalie wakes up disoriented, on the beach, with no memory of what happened. The story is told in alternating chapters, through all three of the girls’ perspectives and jumps back and forth in time from the days leading up to Ashley’s disappearance to the days after. Ashley and Natalie are co-owners of a very successful business with a product called “Blo-Me”, a hair brush that blow dries your hair. I know right! The authors do have fun with it and those tongue in cheek moments are only part of the charm of this book. The novel could have an identity crisis - am I a thriller?, am I chick lit?, am I about friendship?, but it does such a great job of combining all these different aspects into one really enjoyable read. I was reading something else and someone’s review of this book caught my eye. I didn’t read the review because I didn’t want it to influence (or ruin) the book for me, but I thought I would just see what the first few pages were like. I was hooked. It was such easy reading that I flew through the book in about a day. It did a great balancing act between these different genres that it’s parts ended up becoming greater than the whole. So Ashley and Natalie are at odds because a huge offer from Revlon has come in to buy their company. Natalie wants to, well needs to sell and Ashley refuses. They each have their reasons but has caused a rift in their very strong bond. This tension between them has also caused them to stop confiding in each other, which further creates distance. Then there is Lauren, who lost her husband a year ago. Ashley and Lauren had a huge fight at the funeral and both said horrible things that has led them to not speaking for the past year. Ashley’s marriage is falling apart and she needs her best friends. She invites them both to go on this trip to Mexico and hopes that by extending the olive branch they can all make their way back to each other. Fenton and Steinke get so many things right about friendships, which I found to be the most enjoyable part of this book. Ashley is a force of nature. Beautiful and outgoing, she is someone who is used to getting her way. Confident and sexy, she can manipulate anyone to give her anything and is used to flying by the seat of her pants leaving someone else to clean up her mess. But everyone is drawn to her, including both her best friends. As can happen in threesomes, both Natalie and Lauren are jealous of the other person’s relationship with Ashley and they each want Ashley to choose them first. They fight for her attention. The dynamics of their relationship along with their personalities impacts on whether or not they will be able to reconcile on this trip. As the book develops and more facts become clear, you really understand how this plays out in their friendship. Who h
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
Ashley, Natalie and Lauren have been friends for a long time, but the past few years has put a strain on their friendship. Lauren and Ashley had a falling out after Lauren's husband died, with Lauren blaming Ashley for his death. The company that Natalie and Ashley co-own has had an offer from Revlon to be purchased for a large sum of money. Natalie wants to sell but Ashley keeps refusing. The girls go to Mexico for a vacation, to see if it is possible to mend their friendships. While they are there Ashley goes missing and everyone becomes a suspect. This book is told in the perspective of each of the ladies, and alternates between the days leading up to the disappearance and afterwards. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it kept me guessing until the very end. This is perfect for everyone who loves a good mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by the authors and I had heard good things about their last book. Apparently, they were all true! This book delves into female friendships as they really are. We all have our best friend and another best friend and so on. Sometimes friends have misunderstandings, sometimes they quit speaking for awhile. Sometimes even the very best of friends keep secrets for whatever reason. This book demonstrates all of the above. The characters are real, they are deep, they are different from each other. But they are friends nonetheless. They embark on a vacation together to mend their friendship and things do not go quite as expected. The story is told back and forth between the beginning of the vacation to the outcome, and is very well written. You will keep reading to find your answers and you will feel for all of them and you might come away appreciating your close friendships a little more! This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was an innocent girls' night out that went totally wrong! Three good friends take a trip to get away and reconnect with each other again. Things have not been good between the three for awhile. A trip to a beautiful place in Mexico will fix all that, right? Wrong! Ashley disappears during their girls' night out and Natalie or Lauren have no idea where she might be, or who she might be with. As they try to put the pieces together, we learn about the rifts between the three friends as they start uncovering the lies of their lives. They realize they have to put their difference aside to make sure Ashley is safe. Girls' Night Out was a story that grabbed me from the start, because the reader knows from the get-go that something has happened to one of the girls. That was a good ploy on the authors'parts—so many questions needed to be answered right from the start. The story then goes from the present to the past, alternating between the two, as parts of the story are revealed like clues to solve the mystery and to explain the women's past relationships. This book was a pager-turner that kept me guessing until the very end. I was as concerned about Ashley as her two friends were. Liz and Lisa definitely have another hit on their hands. I'm continually amazed at the ability of two people to write such fascinating novels together so seamlessly that the reader doesn't realize that there are two 'voices' contributing to the story. Great job, gals!!
LDenton More than 1 year ago
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have created another must-read novel, Girls’ Night Out. This book is about friendships and how much pressure the bonds of those friendships can handle. Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren are long-time friends who have drifted apart and try to reconnect through a girls-only trip to Mexico. Along the way, their already-strained relationships are tested even further, culminating in the disappearance of Ashley. Throughout the novel, the women search for answers on many levels. What happened to the friendships they once knew? How did they end up where they are personally and professionally? And, most pressing, where is Ashley and what decisions have led her there? The novel is told from three different points of view and also hops around in time, but these changes are easy to follow, and they make sense with the story. I did feel, however, that all three women are immature and selfish and impossible to connect with. The characters are well developed, but I could not buy into the idea that grown women would really act like Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren behave. The story is filled with cat-fighting, name-calling, reckless decisions, and “I hope you die” statements. Additionally, all three women have massive issues going on in their personal lives, which seems like an unfortunate coincidence. Thank you to NetGalley, publisher Lake Union Publishing, and authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke for a copy of Girls’ Night Out in exchange for my honest review.
LizzyB27 More than 1 year ago
Lauren, Natalie and Ashley have been best friends for 20 years. Natalie and Ashley even run a company together. But Lately, their friendship has not been very strong. So, the three head down to Tulum, Mexico for a week to have some fun and hopefully get their friendship back on track. But the trip is no fun, no one is getting along. Lauren's abusive husband died of a heart attack about a year ago. Natalie's husband made some bad investments, so she needs to sell the company. Ashley doesn't want to sell the company because it makes her so happy, so complete. Then Ashley goes missing. We then go into what happened that night as Natalie's works through the drug induced black out of that night. Natalie and Ashley were arguing... This is a fun, twisty book. Going back and forth from before the night and after the night, to lay the story out for the reader to see exactly what happened that night. The ending actually surprised me, I was really shocked with that!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Three friends, Ashley, Natalie and Lauren, used to be so close. However, it seems lately that the trio are not as close as they used to be and Natalie wants to change that. So, of course, a trip to Tulum, Mexico is in order - a place to "relax". When Ashley ends up missing, relaxing time is over and the friends must figure their stuff out and find her. While I found this to be a pretty good read, I did have trouble with all the bickering going on with these women. And there was a LOT of bickering. They were really turning me off. I almost put the book down. However, I did finish it. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Whippetreads More than 1 year ago
For any woman who has ever had a girlfriend. . . Three long-time girlfriends embark on a "girls trip" to Mexico. They get together the last night for a girls' night Out--only something goes horribly wrong. Lauren carries guilt over leaving the party early, Natalie can't remember what happened, and Ashley is missing! Lauren and Natalie embark on a quest to discover what happened to Ashley while re-examining their feelings about what it means to be a friend. When does disagreeing go too far. This book is for any woman who has ever had a love/hate relationship with a girlfriend. As I read it I thought about the petty argument I had last week with my girlfriend. I felt myself laughing, crying, and feeling the same remorse and regret that Natalie and Lauren share over words that should have never been spoken. What happens to Ashley leaves the reader on a journey to discover not only what happened to Ashley; but what will happen to the two remaining friends. Thought provoking, very real, a great summer read.
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke did a great job again. This is one hell of a good story. It pulled me in and would not let go. I was hooked and had nowhere to go. This is one of those books that will have you guessing what happened but until that very last page you won’t get it. It absolutely floored me. Left me in tears and shock. Three friends are in Mexico to get back to where they use to be. They have been best friends for over 20 years but had a falling out and were trying to get back to where they wanted to be. When one of them goes missing, the other two try to find her and figure out what happened. Neither can remember exactly what happened the night before and start questioning each other’s motives. They met a man, Marco, while there and Ashley, who is missing was last seen with him and Natalie. If you lost your best friend what would you do to find her/him. Would you go to any length to ensure they were safe? What if you thought maybe you had done something that could be responsible for them being gone? Would you tell or hold it in? What if you could benefit from your friend not coming back. All of these are good questions and you will find the answers in this story. It will keep you on the edge all the way to the explosive ending that will totally blow you away. These authors are so good. They wrote a book that keeps you turning pages, wondering, hating for it to end. It goes back and forth between each woman’s story and before and after Ashley goes missing. It’s very easy to follow and touches on subjects that need to be talked about. Abuse, friendship and strangers in a foreign country. Who can you trust. If not your best friend then certainly who. I have to thank #NetGalley and #Lake Union Authors for the honor of reading this book. It’s so good. A big 5 stars, nothing less would do, for this book.
suekitty13 More than 1 year ago
While the story features some elements of a thriller like suspense and a missing person, the focus is much more on the relationships between the three women. Although they call themselves friends they sure don’t seem like it. It doesn’t seem like they even like each other at all! The majority of the problems between the women are due to them not communicating very well. For all their talking they don’t actually discuss the things that they need to talk about. It’s pretty frustrating to read! There are so many secrets, and they are big secrets. The kind of thing I would spill to my friends in a hot second. Isn’t that what friends are for? I am the same age as these women and despite their apparent success in life they seem incredibly naïve and silly. All three of them were rather annoying. They argue constantly, and not just about small stuff but about huge super important things. While my friends and I might bicker about where to go for dinner we would never disagree about the big issues. We wouldn’t be friends if we did! The women in this story are so hurtful and awful to each other. They purposefully say things that they know will be devastating to each other. I just can’t imagine why they even want to be friends. They should just cut bait and move on! Are other women this cruel with their friends? Maybe I'm just lucky and have incredible friends (They really are awesome!) I just can't fathom why anyone would want to spend time with people who treat you so poorly. Although female relationships are the core of this story this is an absolute page turner and the suspense is pretty intense, especially at the beginning. It’s good fun for a summer afternoon! Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ashley, Natalie and Lauren have been friends for a long time. Now that they are approaching 40, Ashley suggests that they spend a week at a resort in Tulum Mexico to renew their friendship. Ashley is married to Jason and has two daughters. Natalie is married to Ben and also has two daughters. Lauren has no children and has been a widow for nearly a year. Ashley and Natalie have worked together for a number of years creating their own company and have now introduced a special styling brush that they hope will be sold to Revlon, thus increasing their money. Ashley and Jason are having marital problems and Ashley is considering divorce. Ashley and Lauren had had a falling out around the time Lauren’s husband died and Ashley is hoping to mend their relationship. Natalie has just learned from her husband, Ben, that he made a bad investment which has wiped out their savings. Now, Natalie needs to convince Ashley that they must sell their company so Natalie can take her part of the proceeds to support her family. When the three women arrive in Tulum, they start drinking a lot and Ashley, especially, wants to party. She meets a man named Marco who latches himself onto her and takes over their vacation. In doing so, the three women don’t get a chance to have their heart-to-heart talks that they so desperately need. When Ashley goes missing, they are frantic to find out what happened to her. As I was reading this book, I found myself shaking my head and asking “what are you, twelve?” The heavy drinking and rather loose morals of Ashley was a turn-off. Rather than concentrating on their so-called friendships, Ashley had her head in the clouds talking about finding herself. These friendships I found to be toxic and, quite frankly, they would all have been better off just going their separate ways. I had hoped to find women with some brains but these were clearly air-heads. Not for me. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
toReadistoEscape More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was a fun story of friendship. However, I did not connect well with the characters. Many of their choices were questionable which made the story less enjoyable. I think the author pushes some things too far. I especially did not like the ending. I got very dark and depressing. Characters that I liked turned unlikable. If this review was helpful to you please click the link below.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Holy Crap, was this a thriller of a ride! You just know when a book starts out on the day after something bad happening, that you know it's gonna be a great read. It was supposed to be the one trip away from home to bring all three women back together to repair their broken friendship but you soon realize that not at is what it seems with all three women. Ashley is dealing with a buyout offer for the company that she and Natalie started, with Natalie wanting to take the offer and Ashley wanting to hold on to it. That and along with other personal stuff going on in their lives was driving a wedge between their decades old friendship. Then you have Lauren who just lost her husband a year before, with Ashley playing a huge part in why Lauren doesn't really want to have anything to do with either of the two women anymore. It was their one chance to repair their friendship but nothing was going right for any of the women once they arrived in Mexico. Then you have this one night that everything goes wrong and then it's a race to find what happened to Ashley before it's too late. It's only when you get to that very last chapter that everything will be revealed on what really happened that fateful night and it will leave you speechless! I so don't want to spoil anymore that what I might have said but y'all need to read this thriller of a ride book that you so won't see that ending coming at all!! Thank You to Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke for this awesome thriller that is still on my mind long after reading it!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
Hold on to your tequila! This is an excellent book! " "It just is what it is, no matter how much you want it to be something else." A suspenseful mystery about three women who have been friends for twenty-five years and yet, now their friendship as well as their lives are in disarray. A trip to Tulum, Mexico for a few days to regroup is just what these ladies need. Or Is It? You will be turning the pages to find out how and why one of these friends just leaves or disappears? This novel had me from the first page to the very last. Loved the ending!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
“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.