Tuesday, July 24, 2018

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke



Three friends with issues to resolve take a trip to Mexico to try to reconnect.

The issues seemed to compound rather than lessen.  When one of the friends is missing the morning after a wild night of drinking, the tension between the two remaining friends continues and worsens as their fears mount.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT goes back and forth from past to present bringing with it a bit of confusion as to what is going on for the reader, but revealing that the friends have a lot of secrets they never told each other.

The book actually dragged on for me even though the secrets were interesting, but they were a bit too vague to bring anything to the story for me until around half way through the book when the reasons for the fights and the estrangements started to emerge.   

The tension mounted even more when the police arrived, but up until that point, I didn’t think there was that much suspense.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT gives wonderful reasons for friendships to repair themselves and for women to support each other.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT was suspenseful because of the missing friend, but the majority of the book was about repairing friendships and revealing secrets.

Most of the secrets dealt with domestic abuse which is an excellent topic to get out in the open. 

Another issue about being safe and making smart decisions when you are in a foreign country and with strangers was addressed. That is great advice and very frightening.  

The tension in the last 20% of the book definitely picked up my interest and my opinion despite the slow read until then.  So instead of a 3/5, I am changing my rating to a 4/5.

I received an Advanced Reader copy of this book. All opinions are my own.



14 comments:

  1. I felt that they had outgrown their friendship and moved in different directions. And what was it with the drinking...

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    1. Good points, Mystica.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Hm, I'll have to think about this one.

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    1. It was not very suspenseful for me.

      Good writing, but good idea to think about it.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

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  3. I enjoyed this one too! I read the bulk of it in one day because I couldn't put it down! Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Lori Bree, about my review.

      It had fabulous writing, but the characters seemed mean. :)

      Thanks for commenting.

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  4. I've been noticing this book around...and it looks so tempting. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The writing is very good.

      If you like mean/flighty characters, you will enjoy the book, Laurel. :)

      Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Sounds like it should be read quickly. Not sure how I feel about mean characters though.

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    1. They were mean to each other. :)

      Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Hmm some good points for this book and while I like the issues the dragging in parts I am not so sure about.

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    1. The writing was terrific, but it did drag and didn’t get suspenseful until the last 20% as I mentioned.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathryn.

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  7. I'm thinking of reading this one next, so it was nice to see your thoughts on it. Good to know, I'll stick with it if it feels a little slow at first.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you read it, Greg.

      Thanks for commenting.

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