'...friendship-- something that isn't always easy. That is both delicate and strong. That is worth fighting for. Go hug your best friend. Or give her a call. (Maybe not a text this time!) Remind her why she's important to you-- even if you think she already knows' - Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke was gripping from start to finish. This is a tale of three best friends that gives a deeper meaning to the saying 'three's a crowd'. Natalie, Lauren and Ashley have been friends for two decades and as time has passed, the girls have understandably changed and their individual circumstances have hit them all hard. They decide to take a girls trip to Tulum, Mexico in an effort to get back the friendships they used to share. I truly enjoyed the mystery and suspense in this story as it unfolded in multiple POV's and past and present time lines. This is a story that was easy to follow, but difficult to figure out. The evolution of friendship between women is a tricky relationship to describe. I think this author duo depicted it perfectly. Friendships aren't always easy, they require effort and work, forgiveness and understanding-- especially when they span decades. I found the challenges among the friends and the struggles each woman faced with their family lives completely believable. My heart went out to these women's and I held out hope that they would be able to repair their relationships. I'm not going to say anymore, because you'll need to read the story to find out for yourself, but I will say this... THAT ENDING. Oh. My. Gosh.
If you like detailed mysteries with shocking endings, this one has your name all over it!
I give Girls' Night Out 4 solid stars out of 5.
If you enjoyed their previous suspense novel, The Good Widow, you'll love this one even more!
I cannot stress enough the value in reading the Acknowledgements and Author's Notes. I often times find these just as vital to the story as the book itself. Do you read them or do you tend to skip over them?