Six friends. A bride to be. One murder. Too many secrets. How can a suspense lover not want to pick up this book? Catherine O’Connell’s The Last Night Out is nothing short of suspense and twists. After drinking too much at her bachelorette party, Maggie Trueheart wakes to find a stranger in her bed. To make matters worse, a phone call brings the devastating news that her friend Angie was murdered some time after they parted ways the night before. Kelly Delaney, who left the party early, is the first of Maggie’s friends to face questions from Chicago homicide detective Ron O’Reilly. After taking a closer look at the other women who attended the party, O’Reilly concludes that at least some of them are lying. As the clock ticks down to the wedding day and more shocking secrets are revealed, the murderer zeros in on another one of the girls. Can the killer be stopped before there is another victim?
Unfortunately, I was in a personal reading slump the past few weeks, which made me take a bit longer to finish this book than I hoped for. None the less, the entire book is fast paced and held my attention each time I picked it up. It was a truly suspenseful novel with unexpected twists and turns from beginning to end. Readers will find that once they think they know a character, there is always something around the corner that is sure to shake up any preconceived opinion. Though there were multiple main characters in the story, O’Connell easily ties each character together. In addition to the characters’ stories mixing with one another, each character has a unique personality and story of their own that is just as interesting and complex as the next.
Overall, the characters were well-developed as O’Connell provided enough detail about each one but left enough mystery to continue guessing who knew and did what involving Angie’s murder. The characters and events that occur throughout the novel never ceased to surprise me. Despite the multiple storylines in this novel, I never got lost or confused. Though the ending was unexpected, it was slightly abrupt in the sense that it offered a big finish in a little bit of time. However, I liked that it offered the reader a chance to interpret the ending on their own. One could say that it is an interactive book that allows the reader to be involved in the search for the truth. It left me thinking about the book even once I put it back on my shelf. The Last Night Out was certainly a page-turner that I would recommend to any thriller/suspense fan!
Book: The Last Night Out
Author: Catherine O'Connell
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (September 1, 2018)
Price: Amazon $27.35