What if your best friend committed suicide while you were black out drunk? What if you had killed her and can’t remember? That is the premise of The Lost Night, a thrilling storying with some iffy characters.
Lindsay hasn’t seen her friends from college for ten years–since the night Edie committed suicide while they were all at a party upstairs. Lindsay doesn’t want to meet up with Sarah but something compels her. Sarah tells her that she always thought Edie was murdered. She also tells Lindsay that she wasn’t there that night. Lindsay is confused by this; she could swear she was there. This leads Lindsay to start and investigation of how Edie really died and what she
might have had to do with night she couldn’t remember.
The Lost Night has great pacing. This is Andrea Bartz’s greatest asset; the story moves quickly. The story keeps advances and a new piece of the mystery is constantly revealed. I love that it didn’t get hung up on philosophy or other life issues that didn’t have to do with the main story.
The pacing can’t make up for the fact that you don’t like the characters. Lindsay was annoying and hippie pretentious. While her friends seem to have grown out of it, she hasn’t. While she doesn’t drink after her last black out, Lindsay still hides so much from herself. It is this search for herself that really brings out the bad in her friends that she had sugar coated.
That’s another issue. Her friends are all insufferable and cannot be the leading e of the college graduates of the time the author tries to paint. Once again, this is rich kid New York and they are all drinking and getting high and doing stupid things. It is only the fact that Lindsay thinks she killed Edie herself that keeps it moving. And, honestly, I hope she had.
While I can set aside a group of past unlikable characters, I couldn’t set aside the writing style. The author writes like a second grader who teacher keeps getting onto her for using cliché metaphor so she comes up with her own. It pulls you from the narrative instead of giving the main character a flavorful perspective.
The Lost Night moves quickly and doesn’t ask too much of you. But its writing style is amateur and her characters are unlikeable staling from the exciting and shocking premise. Overall I give The Lost Night two starts.
Publication Date: February 26
I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.