One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books
About the Book:
One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes. Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all.

This was such an unexpected surprise, it was a psychological thriller, a domestic suspense, a twisted relationship tale and to be honest, having just finished it in one sitting, I am in both shock and awe. I am not really astounded as I had read all the reviews and most people enjoyed this book. One Night Gone is different but it’s still a dark twisted tale that has you questioning every single characters motive and madly turning pages to try and unlock the next piece of the puzzle.

I wasn't prepared to like this book as much as I did. I did not like the main character at first, she seemed whiny and and pitiful but as the character developed I had empathy for her and her situation. The plot was amazing, especially in how the author wove and blended the situation/plot with the community's mindset. Descriptions of settings, weather and emotions were spot on. I guessed whodunit early on, which may have been the author's intention, but devoured the rest of the book to see if I was right and as always to know the "why" of the situation.

My interest was piqued from the first page, and the body and conclusion of the story did not disappoint. Tight writing, realistic characters and plot, I was very happily surprised and totally recommend.

Thank you NetGalley, Tara Laskowski and HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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