ONE NIGHT GONE
Publisher: Graydon House Books (Harlequin)
Date of Publication: October 1. 2019
Number of Pages: 352
on Tour September 23 – October 4, 2019
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It was the perfect place to disappear… 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…
“A subtly but relentlessly unsettling novel.” ~ TANA FRENCH, author of The Witch Elm
“A heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel of betrayal and revenge. Stunning!” ~ Carol Goodman, award-winning author of The Night Visitors
“Featuring a brilliantly executed dual timeline with two unforgettable narrators, One Night Gone is a timely and timeless mystery that will keep you obsessively reading well past your bedtime.” ~ Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World
I received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.
From the book’s eerie cover design to its intriguing synopsis, the story immediately captivated me and I had to know more! I was more than pleasantly surprised to discover that it turned out to be one of those rare treats that had both the literary appeal of a finely tuned character study, yet also told one heck of a suspenseful mystery that will be especially enjoyable to read as we enter the autumn season.
Told in alternating perspectives, this is a slow burning and deeply twisted mystery that follows Maureen, a young woman from the 80s who goes missing, and Allison, a present day meteorologist looking for a fresh start following a very public and viral breakup. As Allison learns more about Maureen’s disappearance and decides to get involved in order to figure out what happened, we are introduced to a town full of suspicious inhabitants, and the lives of these two women converge in unexpected and emotional ways that makes this story so much more layered and unique than the synopsis could ever ultimately convey.
“I loved the way [the salty air] worked its fingers into my hair and curled around the tendrils. It made me feel a little wild, a little different. Untamed. Like anything could happen.”
The author’s vivid descriptions of this seaside community are utterly breathtaking and greatly enhance the mood of this intensely atmospheric story that the beach, its weather, and even the very house Allison is staying in become characters onto themselves. Every sense these characters experience is masterfully conveyed on the page and in such an engrossing way that I felt as though I was right there alongside them.
“It was time to stop treating women as if they were disposable. It was time to tell their stories.”
I would be remiss not to mention how amazing this story is at opening a discussion into the messages that society sends not just to women, but to young girls as well. Unfortunately, Allison’s treatment is reflective of the unsettling nature of social media today, yet her notoriety is what helps bring closure to Maureen’s case. The author powerfully showcases through these seemingly disparate time frames and lives how truly connected they are to the dangerous and callous undercurrent of what appears to be an all too perfect town. What Allison is able to do by the end makes this so much more than just another one of those “dead girl” stories, crafting a meaningful, yet unsettling reminder that the cycle of violence may never end.
TARA LASKOWSKI is the award-winning author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, which was named a best book of 2017 by Jennifer Egan in The Guardian. She has had stories published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and the Norton anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, among others. Her Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine story, “States of Matter,” was selected by Amy Hempel for the 2017 Best Small Fictions anthology, and her short story “The Case of the Vanishing Professor” is a finalist for the 2019 Agatha Award. Tara was the winner of the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project’s Literary Awards Prize, has been the editor of the popular online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly since 2010, and is a member of Sisters in Crime. She earned a BA in English with a minor in writing from Susquehanna University and an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University. Tara grew up in Pennsylvania and lives in Virginia. One Night Gone is her first novel.
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This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Harlequin and Tara Laskowski. There will be 1 winner of one (1) copy of One Night Gone (print). The giveaway begins on September 23, 2019 and runs through October 6, 2019. Open to U.S. and Canada addresses only. Void where prohibited.
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