The book Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke sounded like the perfect book for me. It’s about three best friends from college, close to turning 40, that head to Mexico for a girls’ trip. My best girlfriends from college do the exact same thing every summer. A book just like us! Except it was nothing like us. Not even close. Like, there are six of us instead of three, and no one has accused the other of killing her husband.
Ashley, Lauren, and Natalie 20 year friendship is struggling. Ashley decides to invite them all to a beautiful resort in Tulum, Mexico to try and reconnect. Each woman is dealing with her own personal issues as well. Ashley and Lauren own a company, BloMe, and have just received an offer to be bought by Revlon. It’s an amazing offer except for one thing; Natalie is desperate to sell (for reasons she won’t disclose to her friend and business partner) and Ashley is just as desperate to keep the company. Ashley is struggling in her marriage, Natalie is struggling with her finances, and Lauren is still mourning the loss of her husband whose death she blames on Ashley. Yes, these friends have boatloads of issues and they bring them all on the trip with them.
Their trip is interrupted shortly after their arrival by a man name Marco that causes even further problems for the friends. No amounts of margaritas, yoga sessions, or secret trips to the Mayan ruins, seem to help. As the trip comes to an end and Ashley goes missing, so does the hope that their friendships will ever be repaired
I wish I could tell you that I liked this book. I did not. I can summarize this book in one word: negative. Nothing positive or happy happens in this story, and there’s nothing positive or happy that I can say about it. All of the characters, and I do mean all, were unlikeable. There was no one to root for. (I’m big on wanting to root for someone while I read.) Let me put it this way, I felt like I was watching a really bad episode of one of the Bravo Real Housewives shows. All Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren did was bicker and fight and argue. That might be fun to occasionally watch on cable television, but not so fun when it goes on and on for 367 pages.
These women are miserable. It’s hard to imagine that they were ever friends the way they act toward one another. This made the story hard for me to believe and hard for me to connect with. The story jumps back and forth between before and after Ashley disappears, as well as the three friends point of view which was jarring and hard to follow at times. Parts of the plot were implausible which only worked to further interrupt the story for me. The book was also mostly internal dialogue which I don’t love. I kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened to Ashely, but there were several times that I wanted to abandon the book for something else. Never a good sign. This book just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Thank you to the authors for the opportunity to read and review their book.