TITLE: One Night Gone
AUTHOR: Tara Laskowski
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Contemporary
It was the perfect place to disappear…
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…
I picked this up because the cover made me think it would be spooky. It had somewhat spooky elements, but it mostly wasn’t scary at all.
The writing reminded me a lot of a Diane Chamberlain book. It took place in two different times and switched back and forth between the two.
I did love that the main character, Allison, was older. She wasn’t 25, which is unusual in this genre. Allison is still reeling after a bad divorce and she goes to Opal Beach for a quiet winter, not expecting to start a murder investigation.
I liked Maureen, though I wish we had gotten to know a little bit more about her childhood. We know her mom was a drug addict, but that’s pretty much it.
The supernatural aspect felt slightly misplaced in a book like this.
I don’t have a ton to say about this book, it was okay. Not great, not horrible. I don’t think it’s very memorable, but I didn’t hate it.