Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane. (2021).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Eve, Justin, Susie and Ed have been friends since they were 18. Now in their thirties, the four are still as close as ever, Thursday night pub quiz is still sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe she should have moved on by now but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed thinks about it sometimes too. Then one night, in an instant, all their lives change forever. And Eve discovers she isn’t the only person keeping secrets…
If I had to pin it down, I would describe this novel as a modern domestic drama, with some romance elements. It’s an interesting look at relationships and how they affect our lives: relatives, friendships and romantic relationships. I found it intriguing that the storyline had a strong focus on coping when someone close to you dies, and in particular, how to cope when you find out things about that person you didn’t know. I did like Eve, although I found the idea of being in love with your best friend and having to hide that for so many years a bit sad really. Eve’s quirky personality and humour made her likeable, and I enjoyed seeing her character growth.
Overall: I’d recommend this one for those that enjoy contemporary domestic drama novels with a chick lit feel.