The Last Night Out by Catherine O’Connell
Reading Level: Thriller
Photo Credit: Taken by me
Publisher: Severn House
Book Summary: 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 Review: A group of girl friends are out celebrating Maggie’s bachelorette party. It’s all fun and games until one of them ends up dead in the woods the next morning. My immediate thought was, who did it!? I had to know what happened to Angie so, I started reading like a mad woman.
Catherine’s fluidity of words created a smooth ride until the last chapter. The beautifully detailed narrative, helped me play out every scene in my mind. Each word felt like I was biting into a fresh donut. Sounds tasty right? Now think of it in a literary sense, it was so satisfying that I never lost sight of the storyline or characterization of each individual.
Even though this novel had a decent amount of different personalities, I had the chance to understand each and every one. Even the characters with small roles had a voice. I appreciated the fact that her development didn’t falter. It kept a steady pace until the climax. And boy what a climax! I would have never guessed the outcome. Angie’s killer will keep you guessing no matter how hard you’ll try to piece it all together.
Overall, a thrilling read that’ll suck you into a world filled with betrayals, secrets and an unforgivable murder. The Last Night Out will not be the last book I read by Catherine. She’s a fantastic author and I can only imagine what’s in store for us next!
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
About The Author:
Chicago native Catherine O’Connell is the author of two novels, Well Bred and Dead, and Well Read and Dead. After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Journalism, she worked at a variety of jobs including hotel maid, bar manager, floor runner at the Chicago Board of Trade, sommelier, and as a sales executive for fine wine company Kobrand Corp – providing her with insight into many different walks of life that she is able to incorporate into her writing.