by Sarah Pekkanen
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 15 Aug 2023
New from the #1 bestselling co-author of The Golden Couple and The Wife Between Us!
"I'm a huge fan of Sarah Pekkanen's books, and GONE TONIGHT is her best yet." —Colleen Hoover
Catherine Sterling thinks she knows her mother. Ruth Sterling is quiet, hardworking, and lives for her daughter. All her life, it's been just the two of them against the world. But now, Catherine is ready to spread her wings, move from home, and begin a new career. And Ruth Sterling will do anything to prevent that from happening.
Ruth Sterling thinks she knows her daughter. Catherine would never rebel, would never question anything about her mother's past or background. But when Ruth's desperate quest to keep her daughter by her side begins to reveal cracks in Ruth's carefully-constructed world, both mother and daughter begin a dance of deception.
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Wow!! All I can say is that Sarah Pekkanen has blown my mind with her latest thriller, Gone Tonight. This book is filled with twists, turns and lots of secrets. Told from a mother and her daughter’s POV, this book kept me up at night. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I HIGHLY recommend Gone Tonight!!
Thank you to St. Martins Press, Netgalley and Sarah Pekkanen for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
Catherine, 24 years old, has been under her mother’s thumb all her life. But when she accepts a new job far from home, her mother desperately needs to keep her close, and Catherine begins to uncover her mother’s lies. Gone Tonight is a taut and suspenseful story told in alternating POVs between Catherine and her mother Ruth, with the details of Ruth’s life deftly revealed through Ruth’s entries in her journal. This is a definite page turner, as the reader eagerly devours Ruth’s story as Catherine unknowingly puts both their lives at risk as she searches for the truth. A mother’s undying love for her child propels this expertly plotted book, and will keep you glued to the pages. I received an arc of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely adore this author and she is on my auto purchase list. So when I was given the chance to read an advanced copy of this book, I gladly accepted ! And, was not disappointed. This was a “could not put down” read.
The love a mother has for her child, can’t be replaced. And it is evident in this book.
Loved the storyline and how fast paced this was. Ended perfectly and was not disappointed.
Recommended for sure!
Gone Tonight, by Sarah Pekkanen, is a stunner of a novel that grips you from the beginning and continues to spin you around until the shocking conclusion!
Ruth is a single mom who raised a smart, successful daughter, Catherine. Now, Catherine is about to leave for a new job, but Ruth is diagnosed as having early onset Alzheimer’s. Catherine, as a nurse, hesitates to move for her new job and leave her mom when she knows the havoc this disease will wreck on their lives and the limited time she has with her mother. Ruth is Catherine’s only family, and Catherine knows next to nothing about those family history.
Desperate to learn more about her background and take care of her mother, Catherine decides it’s time to move past her mother’s refusal to talk about her past, and she starts digging into her mom’s history. However, things get weird quickly, and Catherine realized that Ruth isn’t who she claims to be and has lied about significant parts of her life.
What else is Ruth lying about? Is anything Catherine thinks she knows about herself or about her mother true?
Gone Tonight is told from multiple viewpoints, so the reader gets both Catherine and Ruth’s side of events. Chapters mostly alternate between the two narrators. The story of Ruth’s past and how it connects with her illness is doled out in tantalizing segments that keeps the reader rapidly turning pages.
Fans of Sarah’s previous books like The Wife Between Us will enjoy this newest book of hers. If you love mysteries in the style of Lisa Unger and Heather Gudenkauf, you will love Sarah Pekkanen’s writing and this book!
Thank you to Sarah Pekkanen and St. Martin’s Press for the advance copy! Gone Tonight comes out on August 3, 2023. This is one to scoop up in a pre-order, don’t miss it!
This book was a page turner! I loved the plot, loved the characters, loved the different perspectives. The twist was unexpected and I couldn't wait to get to the end but was then sad that it was over! Highly recommend. Thank you for the opportunity to review this ARC, I will be reading more by this author.
What a terrific story! Slow burn, tense, twisty and explosive are some of the words that come to mind! Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! Thank you so much!
Ruth has been keeping secrets from her daughter Catherine all her life, and now, as Catherine is an adult, those secrets start to unravel. Each secret unlocked another part of the mystery, and it was a wild ride to follow along on.
This book had me absolutely hooked! I love thrillers where little hints are dropped, and you can pick up on little things while still being held in suspense as to how it all comes together in the end.
I thought the author did a good job depicting a mother’s relentless love as well as a daughter’s struggle in her relationship with her mother, particularly as an adult. Additionally, I appreciated the themes of wrestling with identity and where we come from and how it forms who we grow up to be. I picked up on a few clues the author dropped throughout the story, but there were a couple of twists that I was pleasantly surprised by. The ending brought some really great closure to the characters’ stories and development.
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