Book club: The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz

It seems like just yesterday when I announced that I was going to host a book club. Where has the time gone? Because it is already the 1st of February, which means it’s time to discuss the January Oh My Book Club read! So, the first book was The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz; a mystery read that takes place in NYC. Let me tell you my thoughts.

The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz
Published by Crown on February 26st 2019
314 pages
★★★☆☆

What really happened the night Edie died? Ten years later, her best friend Lindsay will learn how unprepared she is for the truth.

In 2009, Edie had New York’s social world in her thrall. Mercurial and beguiling, she was the shining star of a group of recent graduates living in a Brooklyn loft and treating the city like their playground. When Edie’s body was found near a suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. Grief, shock, and resentment scattered the group and brought the era to an abrupt end.

A decade later, Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of Calhoun Lofts. She has devoted best friends, a cozy apartment, and a thriving career as a magazine’s head fact-checker. But when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered—and, worse, if she herself was involved. As she rifles through those months in 2009—combing through case files, old technology, and her fractured memories—Lindsay is forced to confront the demons of her own violent history to bring the truth to light.

Even though The Lost Night is a thriller, it’s not like any of the thrillers I’ve been reading; the detective investigating gruesome murders type of thrillers. This is more of a mystery book, more of a psychological one at that. So in that sense, it was quite refreshing to read it. I enjoyed this book, but I did not love it, hence my 3-star rating. There are things that I loved about this, but there are also things that I didn’t like that much..

Overall, I thought it was quite a slow read. The book kept coming back to that one devastating night that Lindsay didn’t seem to remember. This book is all about finding out what actually happened. It’s a puzzle, where all the pieces click in the end, but I felt that getting there was really slow. It dragged on a bit if you ask me. I did keep reading because I was intrigued. There’s so much built up to the events on this one particular night that I just wanted to know what the hell happened. So I did read the book pretty quickly because of that.

What I did love was the actual reveal of what had happened and who did it. I did not see that coming AT ALL. It was such a big bombshell for me. At the end, it was one of those books you just read with your mouth wide open and your eyes full of surprise. I also love that this took place in New York, I just have a weakness for books and TV shows that take place there. There’s something about that city..

All in all, I think this was an interesting thriller. Even though it sometimes dragged, I still very much enjoyed it. It gives me some Gossip Girl vibes but then mixed in with murder. It’s like a mix between Gossip Girl and YOU, I think that is the best way to describe this. Could this book have been better? Yes. But was it enjoyable? Yes, absolutely! And like I said you’ll fly through this one if only to find out who did it. So even though I didn’t give it the highest rating, I would still recommend it!

And that is the first pick of the book club done! I will announce the book for February very soon so keep an eye out on my social channels. I have now also made a separate IG account for the book club, would be nice if you’d follow: @ohmybook.club.

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