Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2021 · Thriller

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski. (2019).

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One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski. (2019).

**3.5 out of 5 stars**

One summer in the 80s, Maureen arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew and achieve her destiny. She is lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies and wild parties. But it might all be too good to be true and she’s vanished before summer ends. Decades later, Allison arrives in town to house-sit and recharge after a messy divorce. She is quickly drawn in to the mysterious disappearance of Maureen and realises there are dark secrets in this town…

In one way this book was better than I expected and in another way I found it average; I split the difference and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. We alternate between Allison in the current timeline and Maureen, in the weeks leading to her disappearance. It was an intriguing read, with my preference being Maureen’s perspective. There’s a few twists and turns, with some red herrings thrown in. I thought I knew what happened to Maureen and was close but didn’t get it quite right; for me that was positive that I didn’t guess right but it still felt a bit cliche in the end.
Overall: this is a fairly enjoyable mystery story that I would recommend to those that find the synopsis interesting.

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