3 friends vacationing in Mexico to rekindle their friendship = 1 disappears + 1 with memory loss + 1 walked away after a fight.
What really happened the night prior??
This is my second book by the authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. The build up of the story from the beginning kept me stuck to this story. The authors had created a bubble of suspense between Ashley and Lauren who had stopped talking a year ago. I really wanted to know why they did so. Then there were continuous arguments between Ashley and Natalie regarding selling their company.
The plot kept taking those narrow twisty lanes with cobblestones where I kept tripping up wondering what was the truth between these friends. The authors did a marvellous job to bring that aura of mystery with Natalie’s blackout, with wisps of memory returning back over the next few days.
The book kept going back and forth in time lines, so I had to be super vigilant of the chapter headings. Each of the girls had their own reasonings for the fights and disagreements, sorry to say but they made no sense to me. Either I am too mature or that immature!!
They could have just sat down on a weekend in a spa and hashed out their problems with each other instead of going to Mexico and dying. There was physical and mental abuse shown, and I wondered why they were defending the same men. The plot of sex addiction was also brought forth.
By the end of the book, I was so far lost, I wanted to knock the women like two coconuts clunking and tell them – get over it and look at the crap you are spouting!!
One can’t obtain clarity by drinking hallucinogenic agents and visiting exotic places. One needs to sit down and search for answers deep within oneself. No shortcut to life!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Lake Union Publishing, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3 stars
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.
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?
Publication date : 24th July, 2018
Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
Reasons could be better