It’s my stop on the blog tour for The Last Night Out by Catherine O’Connell today and I’m sharing my thoughts on this fraught crime thriller.
First, here’s the blurb …
Six friends. A bride to be. One murder. Too many secrets.
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?
My thoughts …
I don’t quite know where to start with this review …
The plot is so thick and twisted and full it’s hard to know what to talk about and what to leave out. So, without rehashing the blurb, Maggie is due to get married and the morning after her bachelorette (hen) party, she wakes up with a random bloke in her bed and the news that one of her best friends has been murdered.
What follows is a now and then set up which tells us how the group of women became friends and how they have gone from being upstanding members of their community to the devious, lying murder suspects they are today.
I enjoyed this one, the plot was pacy and the characters, although questionable and unreliable in their actions, were all believable. I mean, I don’t know how I’d act if I was a murder suspect so … you know …
Now, regular readers will know I adore the now and then format, I think when this is done well, it can have me utterly gripped to the book. I did feel a little rushed with this one though. There are a lot of characters which naturally leads to a lot of history and perhaps not the level of detail each character deserved. That being said, what we do discover about these seemingly wonderful women will knock your socks off at times!
It felt very much like Wisteria Lane (Desperate Housewives) and you just never know what’s going on behind closed doors.
All in all, The Last Night Out is a well-thought-out thriller with a twisted plot, some brilliant characters, and a shocker of an ending that I’m still trying to figure out!
Huge tanks to the team at Midas PR for my review copy and place on the blog tour.
About the author …
Catherine O’Connell divides her time between Chicago and Aspen, and sits on the board of Aspen Words, a literary centre whose aim is to support writers and reach out to readers. A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Journalism, she is also the author of the High Society Mystery series.