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Girls’ Night Out – Liz Fenton; Lisa Steinke

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Natalie, Ashley, and Lauren have been best friends since college but they drifted apart and have not been in touch in a few years. Hoping to save their friendship, Ashley invites the girls on a vacation to Tulum, Mexico.

Ashley hopes this trip will reunite the girls. But secrets start spilling out and there’s a falling out between the girls. Enter Marco, a charming stranger who takes a sudden interest in Ashley. Ashley becomes less interested in reviving her friendship with Lauren and Natalie. Instead, she starts spending more time with Marco.

On the girls’ last night in Mexico, Ashley goes missing. Has she been hurt? Did she disappear to start a new life? Was she kidnapped by Marco? Natalie wakes up with no recollection of the night before, and the police suspect foul play.

The story is told from multiple points of views of Ashley, Natalie and Lauren and in different timelines. I struggled to keep up with the alternating timelines before Ashley disappearance, as it detracted a bit from the storyline.
I enjoyed the camaraderie among the women, though, I had a hard time connecting with them. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. They seemed too immature, self-absorbed, and spoiled. Over time, I grew weary of the constant banter and drama between the women.

Overall a captivating read. I loved the ending, and I was eager to know the final outcome for Ashley.

  • Pages: 323
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (24 July 2018)
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The Burglar – Thomas Perry

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The story revolves around Elle, a twenty-something-year-old woman. Elle is a professional burglar. She breaks into rich people’s homes in Los Angeles when they are away and steals their valuables which she sells for cash.

One night she sneaks into a home, presuming that the owner was away. She walks into the master bedroom and stumbles on a murder scene where three people are shot dead in bed. She then notices a video camera in the corner of the room that’s recording. She realizes she may have inadvertently walked right into a murder scene and decides to get rid of any evidence that may incriminate her. But someone saw her leave the building with the camera.

Now she’s running for her life because the killers behind the murder are after her. Things take a different turn when a close friend of hers is murdered. As the body count rises, Elle finds herself in a race against time to find out who committed the murders before she becomes the next victim.

The Burglar is a fast-paced and action-packed book. I enjoyed the plot, the atmosphere and I loved how the mystery was well crafted throughout the story. I highly recommend this book to thriller and crime novel fans.

  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (18 January 2019)