One Night Gone

One Night Gone

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. It was the perfect place to disappear... One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to ...

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Title:One Night Gone
Author:Tara Laskowski
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One Night Gone Reviews

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    This book is an excellent read! Definitely addicting. Both views are interesting. Some portion of Allison's view got me scared of ghosts especially when she's in the basement. I like the idea behind Allison's disposable for this entire book. I like following Maureen's view, especially in the beginning when she wants to change her life and she goes to get it. Later, her choices seems to be not as clever as I thought she seems to be. The timeline leading to the end between two views is great. Lobs

    This book is an excellent read! Definitely addicting. Both views are interesting. Some portion of Allison's view got me scared of ghosts especially when she's in the basement. I like the idea behind Allison's disposable for this entire book. I like following Maureen's view, especially in the beginning when she wants to change her life and she goes to get it. Later, her choices seems to be not as clever as I thought she seems to be. The timeline leading to the end between two views is great. Lobster to describe Maureen is unique!

    
This book started with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following a girl in summer 1986 having fun by the pier with a guy she just met and seeing a missing person flyer floating by. The story then begins with Allison, 40 told in first person point of view, in present day beginning Sept 2015, as she is being persuaded by her younger sister Annie to home sit a house for a couple at Opal Beach while they are away for work. Allison needed an escape to start over after crashing at her sister's house for 9 months due to the fallout of her personal life. The alternating view is Maureen, told from the year 1985, a runaway girl working in the traveling carnival. She wanted to change her life and she felt strongly that Opal Beach is the place. There is an epilogue at the end.

    
One Night Gone is very well written and couldn't put down kind of read. The two views have a distinct voice of one being older and one being younger, though I would have love to know Maureen's age but I'm guessing she's still a teenager. I like Tammy though not fair how her life turned out. The twists to an unexpected ending is fantastic! I could never see it coming. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

    Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, friendship, twists, beach view
Con: none
I rate it 5 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Harlequin Trade Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.
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  • Kendall

    One Night Gone is an intriguing mystery with just the right amount of spook.

    I was easily taken away in this mystery surrounding Allison and Maureen. Allison is a weather girl who travels to the town of Opal Beach and Maureen is a crazy carnival girl that went missing 30 years ago in this beach town.

    I was taken right away with the small town of Opal Beach and the lingering thoughts of the strange disappearance of Maureen. Tara does a nice job of slowly laying out this tangled web of

    One Night Gone is an intriguing mystery with just the right amount of spook.

    I was easily taken away in this mystery surrounding Allison and Maureen. Allison is a weather girl who travels to the town of Opal Beach and Maureen is a crazy carnival girl that went missing 30 years ago in this beach town.

    I was taken right away with the small town of Opal Beach and the lingering thoughts of the strange disappearance of Maureen. Tara does a nice job of slowly laying out this tangled web of deceit to her readers. I was totally hooked on what was happening with Allison and Maureen and how they were connected somehow? Or where they? ;)

    I do have to say that this was nothing too original in my mystery book and no really shocking twists or turns that I was hoping for. Overall, this was a decent mystery.

    I look forward to what Tara Laskowski has up her sleeve next.

    3.5 stars

    Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin/Graydon for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date: 10/1/19

    Published to GR: 9/24/19

  • Debra

    One night gone was read by me in one night (well, okay I did start it earlier in the day) and it was a very enjoyable read which sucked me. The premise was inviting. A young girl comes to a beautiful seaside town (Opal Beach) to start over. She is an outsider looking in at the lives of the elite and wealthy. She has made friends and although considered a "summer girl" she plans to make an impact and be in these people's lives. She is young, she has dreams, she has hopes, she has plans and then *

    One night gone was read by me in one night (well, okay I did start it earlier in the day) and it was a very enjoyable read which sucked me. The premise was inviting. A young girl comes to a beautiful seaside town (Opal Beach) to start over. She is an outsider looking in at the lives of the elite and wealthy. She has made friends and although considered a "summer girl" she plans to make an impact and be in these people's lives. She is young, she has dreams, she has hopes, she has plans and then *poof* she vanishes never to be seen or heard from again.

    Thirty years later, Allison Simpson decides to take a house-sitting job in Opal Beach. She is also looking for a new beginning after being fired from her job for a live rant on TV about her cheating husband. Now divorced, unemployed and embarrassed, she is looking for a change of pace and place. Opal Beach is beautiful and inviting even off season. House (and cat sitting) is just what she needs.

    As she gets to know the town, she learns about the town, she hears about the missing girl. She becomes wrapped up in the mystery and even though she is warned to stop digging, she keeps at it and the rest is history as they (who are they btw?) say.

    I was drawn into this book right away. I couldn't help but feel for and like Allison who went postal on live TV while giving a weather report about her husband and his affair. She is a sad hopeless mess in the beginning but finds purpose in finding out what happened all those years ago. As clues pop up, she learns more and more. She also learns that even in a beautiful beach city, there is ugliness. Even beautiful things are flawed, and this beautiful seaside town and its residents have flaws - some of them huge ones. Some of them would do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

    This book had a little bit of everything. With the duo storylines and timelines, the book at times felt part YA and part coming of age and in the present time it was a mystery, drama and suspense. It was fun to come up with a list of suspects and the reveal wasn't too shocking, but it was still a fun twisty read which did not disappoint. I also really enjoyed both storylines. Often, I find I enjoy one time line over the other but with this book, I enjoyed both equally. I think the Author balanced both sections very well and had me caring about both characters.

    Thank you to Harlequin - Graydon House Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  • Tammie

    One Night Gone was a solid 4 stars. A mystery/thriller book, it centers around main character Allison-a divorced meteorologist that was fired from her position for “calling out” her cheating husband on the air. Wanting a fresh start in life, Allison agrees to house-sit for a couple in Opal Beach, giving her a chance to get away for a while.

    The other main character in One Night Gone is teen Maureen. Told in past tense (thirty years before), Maureen was a carnival worker in Opal Beach, who sudden

    One Night Gone was a solid 4 stars. A mystery/thriller book, it centers around main character Allison-a divorced meteorologist that was fired from her position for “calling out” her cheating husband on the air. Wanting a fresh start in life, Allison agrees to house-sit for a couple in Opal Beach, giving her a chance to get away for a while.

    The other main character in One Night Gone is teen Maureen. Told in past tense (thirty years before), Maureen was a carnival worker in Opal Beach, who suddenly disappeared without a trace. Allison becomes highly interested in Maureen’s disappearance and begins asking questions and searching for clues.

    One Night Gone is a well-written and enjoyable book. Highly recommended to fans of mystery thriller books. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Julie (JuJu)

    A slightly spooky and mysteriously suspenseful thriller!

    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book when I saw the cover! The author does a great job of describing the setting of Opal Beach. A small town filled with excitement, beach parties and fun during the summer months. But all good things come to an end. It’s cold, dreary, and lonely when summer ends. I could feel the eerie chill in the air! Inhabited by the rich, also known as “yacht squats”, abandoning their summer homes at

    A slightly spooky and mysteriously suspenseful thriller!

    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book when I saw the cover! The author does a great job of describing the setting of Opal Beach. A small town filled with excitement, beach parties and fun during the summer months. But all good things come to an end. It’s cold, dreary, and lonely when summer ends. I could feel the eerie chill in the air! Inhabited by the rich, also known as “yacht squats”, abandoning their summer homes at the end of each peak season. And the “townies”, the year-around inhabitants, who make their living catering to the summer crowd.

    This was a quick read...well would have been if we weren’t on vacation. My husband’s idea of vacation doesn’t include as much reading time as mine does. He wanted to act like tourists. 😂

    Tara Laskowski’s debut novel and she did a great job! She captured my attention from the start, with the way she centered the story around two women, in Opal Beach 30 years apart. Randomly linked by mutual acquaintances, with deep dark, buried secrets.

    Maureen was my favorite character and the chapters narrated by her were the ones that kept me flipping the pages. She’s a carnival worker with big dreams. And she believes Opal Beach might be the place to make those dreams come true. My own childhood memories of carnival rides, games and food came flooding back! Pretty rough around the edges, Maureen had a big heart.

    Allison narrates the chapters that are told in the present. Although they weren’t quite as interesting, they were a necessary part of piecing the story together. Like Maureen, Allison has a past that she wants to keep hidden.

    I had my suspicions early on, and they were fairly close. There were still enough hidden twists to keep me engaged until the final reveal and I still enjoyed it.

    Thank you NetGalley, Graydon House and Tara Laskowski for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion!

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    4 ⭐️’s

    October 1st 2019 by Graydon House

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    Yes. If you like whodunnits, with a bit of creepiness, you should enjoy this one!

  • Zoe

    Tight, mysterious, and pacey!

    One Night Gone is an atmospheric, suspenseful thriller that takes us into the life of Allison Simpson, a depressed, heartbroken meteorologist who after moving to Opal Beach to house sit for the fall inadvertently gets drawn into a thirty-year-old missing persons case involving the young carnival teen, Maureen Haddaway who one day just vanished without a trace.

    The prose is descriptive and intense. The characters are troubled, vulnerable, and te

    Tight, mysterious, and pacey!

    One Night Gone is an atmospheric, suspenseful thriller that takes us into the life of Allison Simpson, a depressed, heartbroken meteorologist who after moving to Opal Beach to house sit for the fall inadvertently gets drawn into a thirty-year-old missing persons case involving the young carnival teen, Maureen Haddaway who one day just vanished without a trace.

    The prose is descriptive and intense. The characters are troubled, vulnerable, and tenacious. And the plot using a past/present, back-and-forth style unravels and intertwines into a compelling, cunning tale full of deception, manipulation, familial drama, swirling emotions, violence, mayhem, and murder.

    Overall, One Night Gone is an eerie, sharp, ominous debut by Laskowski that highlights the selfish, scheming, desperate side of human nature and reminds us that skeletons often find their way to the surface no matter how well they are hidden or buried.

    Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Holly  B

    3.5 STARS

    I was easily drawn into the mystery that involves two women - Allison, a down and out "weather" girl and Maureen a "carnival" girl who vanishes from Opal Beach thirty years before Allison arrives.

    Allison ends up house-sitting in Opal Beach and things get dicey when she becomes interested in the "cold case" of Maureen Haddaway. Some dark secrets linger.

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    3.5 STARS

    I was easily drawn into the mystery that involves two women - Allison, a down and out "weather" girl and Maureen a "carnival" girl who vanishes from Opal Beach thirty years before Allison arrives.

    Allison ends up house-sitting in Opal Beach and things get dicey when she becomes interested in the "cold case" of Maureen Haddaway. Some dark secrets linger.

    The beach setting of Opal Beach was atmospheric and the tangled web of deceit slowly unravels with clues the author lays out.  I had to know if Allison was going to uncover the crime or in danger herself.

    I enjoyed it and came very close to solving it..... (that is always fun).

    Nothing too shocking, a few twists and characters that I cared about. A perfect mystery puzzle to solve, perhaps beach side on a stormy night.

    Thanks to NG/ Publisher for my review copy. OUT 10/01/2019

  • Theresa Alan

    One summer in the 80s, young Maureen goes missing from Opal Beach. She was a summer girl, a condescending term that Allison stumbles upon when, thirty years later, she’s given the opportunity to house sit on Opal Beach. She has destroyed her career after her husband destroyed their marriage, so she needs a place to regroup.

    This novel bounces back and forth from Maureen’s point of view in one chapter to Allison’s in the next. Unfortunately, the only character in this entire novel that

    One summer in the 80s, young Maureen goes missing from Opal Beach. She was a summer girl, a condescending term that Allison stumbles upon when, thirty years later, she’s given the opportunity to house sit on Opal Beach. She has destroyed her career after her husband destroyed their marriage, so she needs a place to regroup.

    This novel bounces back and forth from Maureen’s point of view in one chapter to Allison’s in the next. Unfortunately, the only character in this entire novel that I liked was Maureen. She’s just trying to eek out a living. Back home, she has a drug-addicted mother who can’t take care of herself let alone Maureen. The only person who treats her as human is Tammy. Everyone else dismisses her or uses her. Ah, rich people.

    Tammy is still around Opal Beach, helping Allison as she tries to uncover what happened. Mabel, who had been Tammy’s roommate the summer Maureen went missing, is also still around, still as villainously bitchy as ever.

    While I felt for Allison’s struggle overcoming her broken marriage and career and her valiant search for the truth, I just never felt her fear about digging up the past and what it meant to the people who were still around. Let me be clear: She was right that there were some bad people who might not want the past revealed, I just didn’t feel her tension, and therefore her endless questioning about whether she should keep going just grated on me.

    I did like the message at the end about dismissing women. Unfortunately, that is still far too pervasive today as it seems we are all under attack even, or perhaps especially, as a few steps forward seem to have happened under the #metoo era.

    Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES OCTOBER 1, 2019.

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  • Liz

    One Night Gone is the typical story of the haves and the have nots in a New Jersey beach town. “Slap some sun and sand on anything and it’ll look pretty, but don't venture too far off. You want to talk inequity? Let’s talk inequity. Opal Beach has it all. The top 1 percent run everything and the rest of us can just suck it up.”

    Told from two different timelines, 1985 when a young teenage carnival worker makes friends with the town’s rich boy and then current day, when a young divorcee agrees to

    One Night Gone is the typical story of the haves and the have nots in a New Jersey beach town. “Slap some sun and sand on anything and it’ll look pretty, but don't venture too far off. You want to talk inequity? Let’s talk inequity. Opal Beach has it all. The top 1 percent run everything and the rest of us can just suck it up.”

    Told from two different timelines, 1985 when a young teenage carnival worker makes friends with the town’s rich boy and then current day, when a young divorcee agrees to housesit one of the big beach houses over the winter.

    I have to say initially, I much preferred the historic story. Although as the book went on, I got invested in both. The ending was a tad predictable and yes, I figured out who was to blame. This was a decent mystery, but nothing earth shattering. If it were coming out in the summer, I’d classify it as a good beach read.

    My thanks to netgalley and Harlequin for an advance copy of this book.

  • Michelle

    When I saw this title come up on Netgalley, I wasn't sure about it, but I thought I would give it a try. I was happy to be approved rather quickly and initially the book started out good enough where I liked it and wanted to keep reading. At around the 75 page mark, I thought about stopping, but I wanted to give the book a chance (so many of my book friends liked it, I try to push through more when it's an arc), but I honestly should have given up.

    Even though this was an almost DNF for me, I do

    When I saw this title come up on Netgalley, I wasn't sure about it, but I thought I would give it a try. I was happy to be approved rather quickly and initially the book started out good enough where I liked it and wanted to keep reading. At around the 75 page mark, I thought about stopping, but I wanted to give the book a chance (so many of my book friends liked it, I try to push through more when it's an arc), but I honestly should have given up.

    Even though this was an almost DNF for me, I don't think this would be a low rated or DNF for most. The story is intriguing enough - we have Maureen, a carnival worker in a beach town in 1985. She is young, has a troubled past and gets mixed up with the rich kids in town, but she can certainly hold her own. Then we have Allison, the present day perspective from a former television meteorologist who is retreating to previously mentioned beach town after an embarrassing and ultimately job ending, on-air rant against her cheating husband. Allison meets Maureen's best friend, Tammy, who now runs the local coffee shop and they become friends. Once she learns about the disappearance of Maureen, she increasingly becomes more interested to the point of not being able to let it go.

    I think it was a good book enough debut, but it just wasn't for me. I found Allison kind of annoying and didn't quite understand her motivation for becoming so invested in the mystery of Maureen. While reading Maureen's perspective, it felt kind of like I've read this all before. I didn't connect well with her plight either. When you find yourself not caring for both characters or their outcome, it's hard to provide a glowing review. Those feelings are purely personal and many others find themselves feeling the opposite of what I did. The book is good at keeping you guessing, my problem was that I just didn't care that much. If you find yourself stumbling on this review and wonder what to do - I would read it. I am clearly in the minority.

    Thanks to Netgalley, Harlequin and Tara Laskowski for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.

    Review Date: 10/11/19

    Publication Date: 10/1/19

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