Synopsis from Harlequin:
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…
About: One Night Gone is a mystery thriller written by Tara Laskowski. It was recently published on 10/1/2019 by Graydon House, an imprint of Harlequin, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut. According to the publisher’s website, “Graydon House Books publishes books your book-club will love! Multifaceted, provocative and original, Graydon House novels are page-turners that range from lighthearted humor to emotional tearjerker, edgy suspense to historical drama, and more.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading One Night Gone on 9/28/2019 and finished it on 10/5/2019. This book is an excellent read! Definitely addicting. Both views are interesting. Some portion of Allison’s view got me scared of ghosts especially when she’s in the basement. I like the idea behind Allison’s disposable for this entire book. I like following Maureen’s view, especially in the beginning when she wants to change her life and she goes to get it. Later, her choices seems to be not as clever as I thought she seems to be. The timeline leading to the end between two views is great. Lobster to describe Maureen is unique!
This book started with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following a girl in summer 1986 having fun by the pier with a guy she just met and seeing a missing person flyer floating by. The story then begins with Allison, 40 told in first person point of view, in present day beginning Sept 2015, as she is being persuaded by her younger sister Annie to home sit a house for a couple at Opal Beach while they are away for work. Allison needed an escape to start over after crashing at her sister’s house for 9 months due to the fallout of her personal life. The alternating view is Maureen, told from the year 1985, a runaway girl working in the traveling carnival. She wanted to change her life and she felt strongly that Opal Beach is the place. There is an epilogue at the end.
One Night Gone is very well written and couldn’t put down kind of read. The two views have a distinct voice of one being older and one being younger, though I would have love to know Maureen’s age but I’m guessing she’s still a teenager. I like Tammy though not fair how her life turned out. Weather girl turned crime fighter, now that’s new. The twists to an unexpected ending is fantastic! I could never see it coming. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, friendship, twists, beach view
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Tara Laskowski is the award-winning author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, which The Guardian named a best book of 2017. She has had stories published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Mid-American Review, among others, and is the editor of SmokeLong Quarterly. Tara earned a BA in English from Susquehanna University and an MFA from George Mason University and currently lives in Virginia. One Night Gone is her first novel. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Harlequin’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Harlequin Trade Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.