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For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.
Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?
As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.
Liz and Lisa, what a ride! This book was fantastic! The writing is layered, dynamic, and oh so clever. The character depictions are detailed and fierce and I was completely captivated by the timelines and narratives.
What Fenton and Steinke do best is conversation. Did you not feel like you were on this trip too? Beyond the story are deeper themes of secrets, complicated relationships (at what point is a friendship obligatory?) and mystery. The brilliant aspect of this book is the juxtaposition of complex friendships against a frantic search for a loved one. Female relationships are complex, but three is never an ideal number and this ratchets the tension even further. I would highly recommend this book.