The Lost Night

Crown. Feb. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9780525574712. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780525574736. SUSPENSE
OrangeReviewStarDEBUT Lindsay is happy with her life in New York City. She's head fact-checker at a magazine, rents her own apartment, and has friends she can call on for anything. An event that happened a decade ago is long behind her, or so she thinks, until Sarah, a friend from her past, arrives and brings up that fateful night in 2009. Dredging up their drug- and alcohol-riddled past and the night that best friend Edie committed suicide is more than Lindsay bargained for. As her detail-oriented mind goes into overdrive after the conversation with Sarah, she rethinks all she thought she knew about the night Edie died, exploring the gaps in her own memory and playing detective even as others get involved. Debut author Bartz pens a captivating psychological suspense novel full of moving pieces and is expertly paced. The tension is unmatched as the pieces fall into place, but not without the protagonist second-guessing herself.
VERDICT This whip-smart and mysterious read is perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins.

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