Book Review Of “Girls Night Out” By Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke @Amazonpub @LizandLisa
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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Liz and Lisa for gifting me a copy. Below you will find my honest review.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
I really enjoyed this book, It wasn’t a fast paced, start it and finish it the next day type of read for me. This was a slow burning, story building, emotionally invested read. I loved that Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren each came with their own back stories. They all faced dysfunctional marriages, they had their own trials and tribulations to fix, and what it boils down to, they all wanted something out of each other during this trip. The fun part was finding out what, and why. Could one of them hurt Ashley? I had a few theories of what I thought had happened, luckily my theories didn’t pan out, because I am not sure how I would have liked that ending. This ending though, was perfect, to find out in the way I did about what happened to Ashley, in a couple different viewpoints was kind of the perfect way conclude the story. It left me still asking questions. But, left me with enough to know how it really ended. Brilliant.
Out of the three women, I think Lauren was my favorite. There was just something about her that I was drawn to. I felt like I related to her, and her feelings the most. I appreciated the dynamics between the three friends. The saying “Three’s A Crowd” really resonates well with these friends. The push, and the pull, the drama, the hurt feelings, one feeling left out, one feeling envious of the other two, feeling like they like each other more. Friendship is a very sensitive and fickle thing. That is portrayed well throughout the pages. I started to question Lauren and Natalie, and wondered if jealousy was the culprit of what happened to Ashley. They all love each other, that much is apparent.
The thing about Liz and Lisa books, you can feel how much they love writing, and how much their friendship means to them. Even by just reading the books they write together. It’s a pretty unique reading experience. I also love that they physically got to the locations their books are based in, they have first hand knowledge of what the area looks like, the local landmarks, and etc. Makes for a very imaginative read. I felt like I was there, I felt like I was vacationing with Liz and Lisa too!
This book is out on July 24th. I will include some helpful links below.