- File Size: 3672 KB
- Print Length: 333 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 24, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078GPQS1P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Girls' Night Out: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“Girls’ Night Out is a heart-stopper of a thriller, rippling with suspense from its opening pages. But it’s also much more: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke plumb the intricacies of female friendship with skill and depth and heart. It’s a deeply satisfying read, and one you won’t want to miss.” —Megan Abbott, national bestselling author of You Will Know Me
“It’s trouble in paradise for three best friends struggling to make amends in the latest thriller from the dynamic writing duo of Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. Girls’ Night Out is a chilling page-turner full of secrets and hostility that will leave readers shocked again and again…and again. I loved it.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Every Last Lie
“In Girls’ Night Out, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke guide readers on a suspenseful international tour of friendship at its best and worst. As enviable fun takes a turn through suspicion toward pure fear, you’ll find out just how wrong a trip to paradise can go.” —Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell
“Set against the idyllic backdrop of tropical Mexico, Girls’ Night Out twists its way through the dark recesses of friendship, proving that nothing is ever uncomplicated or quite as shiny as it seems. An exciting new thriller from a proven team.” —Roz Nay, author of Our Little Secret
“This suspenseful novel is full of twists and turns, and makes clever use of chronology. It will make you think twice about going on a girls’ night out!” —Jane Corry, bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters
“Girls’ Night Out is an utterly enthralling read that is impossible to put down. The dual timelines are captivating, just days apart, as they unfold both the frantic search for a missing friend and the circumstances that led to her disappearance. This is a book that makes you question how well you truly know even your closest friends, and also what you yourself might be capable of doing.” —Kathleen Barber, author of Are You Sleeping
“A wild ride into a high-powered girls’ trip to Mexico. Suspense at its best. Liz and Lisa have taken their writing partnership to a new level!” —Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of Best Day Ever
“Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton have conjured up the tropical vacation of your nightmares. After reading the unsettling Girls’ Night Out, you’ll never look at a tequila shot the same way again.” —Janelle Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear
“Liz and Lisa’s Girls’ Night Out is a strong follow-up to the bestselling The Good Widow. Three friends go on a girls’ trip to Mexico to try to repair their friendship. But when one of them goes missing after a night out drinking—and fighting—they’re left trying to puzzle out what happened the night before. Sparkling characters, real friendships, and a fast-paced mystery: what more could you ask for in your next read?” —Catherine McKenzie, international bestselling author of Hidden
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.
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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.
Ashley, Natalie and Lauren were a tight-knit trio for several years until something happened to cause a rift, leaving Lauren on the outside looking in. Perhaps getting the threesome together at a luxurious resort on the Mexican Gold Coast will reboot the friendship, decides Ashley, who springs for an all-expenses-paid trip to Tulum. Psst: I want Ashley as MY friend!
They eat, they drink, they dance, they pick up men, they argue, they laugh, they cry in the midst of a Mexican paradise. As I continued to read, I realized that the book could have been an episode of Real Housewives. I even began to associate faces of the Orange County women with the characters in the book.
Another similarity to the Housewives franchises: none of the characters in the book is likable. Ashley and Natalie are entrepreneurs; Lauren, a widow, is living off her husband’s life insurance. Natalie had invented a revolutionary way to style hair while drying it, which sounds like the dryer/brush combination found at a store near you. Between Ashley’s shining manipulative personality and Natalie’s brains, the two women started a now-successful company called BloMe (clever, eh?). I mention “BloMe” only because the authors do ad nauseam.
The trio limps along attempting to repair itself when Ashley mysteriously disappears. Natalie and Lauren immediately suspect Marco Smith, a handsome, yet sleazy guy Ashley had quickly bonded with. The mystery begins. While everyone searches for Ashley, Lauren and Ashley begin to re-bond over shared secrets.
I could have enjoyed the trite story if it had been shorter...much shorter...and if one character were likable and believable. Even the deep dark secrets the women spilled were uninteresting. I was so bored that I didn’t much care what happened to Ashley. I take no pleasure in writing negative reviews. These authors have written a book I loved, and they will do so again. GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT is not their best.
I've read all of Liz & Lisa's books and the duo just keeps getting better and better!
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There's far far too much dialogue, and very little description of what could have been a great setting. The characters are two-dimensional, and the plot was slow and predictable. It was a real slog to get through, but I persevered to see if there was an amazing twist at the end which justified it's publication - but no, there was no real mystery at all. The entire book could have been condensed into a short story, and even then it still wouldn't be very riveting.
Reviews from critics/other authors stating that it's a 'heart-stopper of a thriller', 'utterly enthralling', 'impossible to put down'... did they read a different book?! I certainly won't be going near any of those authors if they thought this was good. One review was correct however when it stated that the book 'will leave readers shocked again and again... and again' - it certainly did, just not in the right way. The fact that Girls' Night Out was written by two authors shocked me the most, as I thought two heads were better than one.
The jumping from person to person and back and forth in time for each chapter was a bit confusing to start and even when I knew all the characters I didn't really like that way of storytelling.
Didn't like any of the characters and therefore had no real interest in the outcome.
Not even half way through I had an idea of what had happened and I was right.
It was very long and drawn out, I don't like not finishing books so i persevered.
It wasnt the biggest load of rubbish I've ever read, but it was up there