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The Last Night Out

Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Six friends. 

Three secrets. 

One murder.  

Maggie is destined to marry the perfect man in two weeks. Desperate for a last wild night on the town before the big day, she gathers six friends for a night to remember.  

Only things go wrong, horribly wrong. 

Angie's body is found in the park the following morning, and the night to remember quickly becomes a nightmare they wish they could forget. Under police scrutiny, how far will Maggie and her friends go to keep their secrets - far enough to protect a killer?

©2018 Catherine O'Connell (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

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Yikes, couldn’t manage to get through it

I really wanted to like this book, I even pre-ordered it. I had to re-listen to nearly every chapter and I couldn’t get past 13.

Let me provide more accurate background because the summary is misleading. First the book is set in 1988 and they are in their early 30’s — I think they’re all 33 yrs old. The book so far is about 3 women who have been friends since high school. One is getting married so they have a bachelorette party and I think there were 6 women in attendance, I had to keep re-listening to it to make sure. Then it ends quite early in the night maybe ~9pm and 3 of them go home and we barely learn anything about them. The other 3 end up going out — two drive together and one drives alone — weird I know. She ends up driving her car home and taking a cab to meet the other 2 but it’s still super weird (and no, so far that hasn’t been significant toward the plot). Then they don’t even really have fun at the club and two of them go home via cab and the bride to be stays out. Then by now we know what happened since they reveal the death in the first minutes of the book. The bride to be goes home with a guy and the friend that was dropped off by the cab first is the one that ends up murdered. and from here it’s just super weak back story about the 3 women, I keep waiting for the other 3 to be relevant or even make an appearance. So anyway...

The character development was so weak off the bat. I mean these women just found out their best friend since high school was murdered and they treat the news instead like they found out she was getting a divorce or moving to another state for work. One character even told her husband almost as a “oh, by the way...” for example her friend came over to discuss the murder and when they were in the kitchen talking about it, her husband comes in and then he listens to their convo and remarks on the last thing they said and finally the wife turns to him and says, I have bad news, “Angie was murdered last night”. I can’t believe she wouldn’t have already told her husband the minute after she found out, even if it was after she informed other friends, and even if he was out of reach or out of town, that’s urgent info — not a passing comment. Also I couldn’t keep track or even identify these “six friends” as I mentioned. I realized how much I had to re-listen to so many parts because my interest couldn’t hold. I even tried to power through it to no avail. I’m done, not worth it. If others end up liking it I’m curious to read their reviews.

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  • 05-03-19

Solid mystery

I ended up finding The Last Night Out on Audible and listened to it on speed! It seemed like it was over as soon as it started… that tells me I was in deep with this book! I enjoy a good mystery and I NEVER knew who did it until everything started to unravel. However, you see I’ve reduced a star. I’ll get straight to my why… I really don’t think anyone could have guessed who did this one! There are so many confusing side trips that I struggled to weed out what was relevant and what wasn’t. That’s really my only beef with this entire book… besides pretty much every character being self absorbed in their own messes but, really that’s pretty accurate!

I listened to the audiobook and Katherine Fenton was a joy to listen too. I felt she added feelings and emotions to the characters that reading the text only could not have added with words… or at least it doesn’t seem like the emotions could be as strong as the audio. I’m not going to go into a lot of the storyline because you can read the blurb just like me. I’m going to tell you some thoughts and feelings. As a mystery… this was a great story. I really don’t think most people who guess “who dun it.” I did like putting the story together and piecing together the story and the several women. It was a bit difficult to keep the women strait until they really developed a personality.

Oh, I actually really wish we would have had a bit more info from Angie on her demise. I feel like we didn’t get the real how or when broken down. Most was left to our imagination. I like my deets dark and dirty! I have to say though, the writing process was fantastic! The development of the story grabbed me and kept me entranced. I’ll definitely watch this author for some more thrillers! Fantastic listen!

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Excellent story

Hard to put down and well told. I enjoyed this immensely.
And recommend it to fans of who-done-its.