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One Night

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A decade ago at a party in the woods someone dies...someone goes to jail for 10 years for the crime, but did they do it? Over the past 10 years the accused has been adamant they did not perpetrate the crime they are accused of. The family of the deceased is invited to a weekend on the coast, with promises of revealing the truth and all attend, along with a huge storm and the recently released accused. The story is told in alternating viewpoints of characters and it seems like everyone has something to hide and area keeping secrets. A solid locked-room mystery with some great mis-directs.

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This is typically the kind of story I love to read. I’m all for people ending up stranded together during a storm, and I thought this had a particularly unique take.

This just wasn’t nearly as suspenseful or as juicy as I’d hoped it would be? I think things could have been heightened significantly more than they were. And this is where I have to put in that I’m a very season mystery/thriller reader. It used to be my most loved genre, and now it’s now gotten to the point where I rarely find a mystery/thriller story that surprises me, so a lot of my hesitancies with this story might just be a me, not you type of a situation. If you’re someone who’s new to the genre or want an easy mystery/thriller read, then I think this one could be for you.

So, I ended up taking this for what it was. I think it’s a very cozy, easy read mystery/thriller. If that’s what you’re looking for this fall season, then I’d say give this one a chance. I might just be too used to reading the genre that I find some things predictable, but also, is predictable always bad? I think it ended up being exactly what it was meant to and I ended up feeling like this was a great low stakes read. Giving it 3 stars doesn’t mean it’s bad by any means!!

As always, thank you to Ballantine, Bantam for the chance to give my honest feedback!

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Phew. This one kept me up late! A twisty, turn read with great atmosphere, complex characters, and the complexities of a family tragedy. An author to watch!

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⭐️ 4 1/2
🌶️ 1/5
Age range: 16+
Content Warnings:

Quotes:

- “So, you just happened to slam into him? Look, I’m not upset if that’s what happened. I wish I could have done it myself. But just tell us, okay?”
- “I don’t know what came over me. I hit her—but I didn’t think I hit her that hard. She said she was fine. She told me to leave. And I did.”
- Don’t say no. I don’t like it when you say no.

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After reading this book I feel like I was taken on a rollercoaster of lies and oh wow moments. This is a must read if you like murder mystery books with many twists. I still can’t believe how it turned out but still wanted more. I would love to read the aftermath of all that went down.

Tropes & Vibes:
- Murder Mystery
- Psychological thriller

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Tense, Atmospheric, and a Bang-Up Ending!
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Jeepers! <b>One Night</b> is a fast-paced, white-knuckle ride I couldn’t tear myself away from! I could barely take time out to feed the dogs (they won’t be ignored, lol). This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’ve just added her others to my TBR list.

It only takes one night to destroy a family. Meghan’s family is shattered after her murder and even though her HS boyfriend was convicted, it tore them apart.

Not everyone is convinced that Cal is responsible for Meghan’s murder. Ten years after her murder, Cal is released from prison and mysterious invitations show up for those close to Meghan. Lured by the promise they will finally find out what happened that night.

This story takes place over one suspenseful night at a remote cliffside house in Oregon. The turbulent storm delivers an angry and atmospheric setting. The unpredictable ending is brutal yet brilliant! Again, one night changes this family forever. Thriller lovers need to read this one!

Sincere thanks to Random House Publishing-Ballantine/Bantam for this complimentary ARC provided by NetGalley. As always, all opinions are my own and are left voluntarily.

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I was given an advanced reader copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was a fast paced psychological thriller with a surprise twist that I did not see coming!

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Ahh! Who did it? This was a fast a furious read for me. A total ''have to know'' story that kept sucked me and held my attention till the final page!

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Disclaimer: netgalley gifted me an advanced readers copy of this book and in exchange I'm leaving an honest review. All opinions are my own
I'm gonna be honest: this story would work better as a TV show or a movie instead of a book. There are a lot of POVs and it kind of takes away from the storytelling. I will say I was surprised at the reveal at the end, and this book did suck me in, but I'm also someone who reads quickly when I start books and I read most of it at night. This isn't to say it's bad, I usually enjoy multiple POVs--but there were too many. Multiple (3 or more for example) POVs work better in fantasy and it's kind of confusing when there's as many as there are.
Thank you to netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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3.5 ⭐️’s
Ten years ago Meaghan was murdered, now her family have all received an invitation to a home on the Oregon Coast for one night. The invitation promises to answer all of their questions about Meaghan’s death. Reluctantly agreeing they all head to the coastal house in the midst of a terrible storm. Upon arrival they find the kitchen stocked and the table set, but there’s an extra place. Could it possibly be for Cam, Meaghan’s boyfriend? Cam was recently released from prison after being convicted of the murder, but does he know something more? After all he’s always professed his innocence. Cam does finally arrive, but not in the way they were expecting. He’s been injured when his truck hit a tree and he is in no shape to talk. Emotions are high and there are those that want Cam dead. Some that even want to help that process along. As the storm rages, secrets are exposed and this locked room story has more than one suspect. Thank you to Bantam and NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

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Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of One Night by Georgina Cross!

17 year old Meghan was murdered 10 years and her ex-boyfriend Cal, who served the sentence for the murder, has just been released from prison. Meghan’s family have all been mysteriously invited to a secluded beach house for one night to find out what actually happened to Meghan 10 years ago. Despite the whole thing being shady as hell, they all end up going and getting trapped at the house during a horrendous storm. The story becomes a trapped door mystery with a rather large cast of characters all giving their viewpoints of current and former events surrounding the night and Meghan’s murder.

Despite none of the characters being entirely likable, a wholly implausible plot, and a slightly predictable ending, the book was still somewhat entertaining and the writing added to the thrill of the scene playing out in the house. I don’t believe I’ve ever said this before, but I think this book may actually be better as a movie as the story would play out better on screen than it does on the page (a lot of drawn out descriptions that would be better in a visual sense and a lot of jump scare moments that would be great on screen).

Overall, 3 stars for me.

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One Night: a locked door mystery! They are one of my favorite kinds of stories. The oldest daughter of a family is beaten and then drowned when she was just 17. Her accused killer serves 10 years in jail for these crimes; but only some of the family feels like he was the one who did it. After the entire family is invited to a secluded cabin on the Oregon Coast, they think it must be Cal who is out of prison now.

Things take a turn when the power goes out and Uncle Geoff finds Cal in the storm. If he’s not the one who invited them here, who is? And should they help keep him alive? A few members of the family wish he would get the same thing that happened to their daughter.

The book has several points of view which I liked a lot. They each share their own memories and opinion of what happened to Meghan. The setting for the book is so creepy and the stormy weather only added to the tense situation. This is one you won’t be able to put down.

Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours @georginacrossauthor and @penguinrandomhouse for my gifted ebook. One Night is out now!

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Ten years ago, Meghan was killed by her boyfriend Cal. Now, Cal is out of prison. He has always stated that he didn't kill Meghan, though.

A mysterious invitation arrives to Meghan's family stating: "In one night, you'll find out what happened to Meg."
One night. That's all the time a family has to decide what to do with the man they believe murdered their daughter: Do they forgive him, or take justice into their own hands? A locked room mystery, an isolated house during a storm and grief-stricken parents who want answers about their daughter's death ten years earlier makes for an engaging read.

There’s a large cast of characters in this mystery - 6 POV’s in all. Most are unlikable and often unreliable, however, it's pretty fast-paced and it’s a page-turner.

This is a solid 3.5 which I have rounded too 4 stars.

Thanks to Netgalley ad the publishers for sending a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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ONE NIGHT by @georginacrossauthor is out today and if you like locked-room mystery and suspense thrillers then you HAVE to get this and you HAVE to read this!

A family is brought together in a cliff side home by a mysterious letter promising the truth about what happened the night their teen daughter/sister died. Once the family is gathered in the house, including the unconscious guy who went to prison for the murder, a terrible storm traps them inside the house, forcing them to confront of their past and what really happened.

This book was such a wild ride! 😮‍💨 I honestly didn’t want to stop reading it, I needed to know what happened. The chapters flew by and toward the end I was full of guesses! The characters were not likable at all, especially the mother. Sometimes I wished they’d communicate better or finish a darn thought before going to something else but I understand it added to the suspense. 😅😅

The dead teen, Meg, seemed more like a monster in the making the more I read so what happened to her seemed inevitable, as cruel as it may sound. Even though, in reality, she would have either grown out of that behavior or been humbled by adulthood - but I guess there was also the high chance she would have ended up a narcissistic adult 🙄.

I couldn’t stand the mother and her monomaniacal fixation on one person and her eagerness to kill said person. As if death was such an easy thing to come by. Her obsession over her eldest daughter made it quite understandable why her daughter ended up with the personality she had.

There’s so much more to be said so I’m glad I read this in a buddy read on IG! It was fun discussing it with a group of people. Perfect for a bookclub pick!

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This was a locked-room type mystery and I was here for it! The setting had a creepiness to it that really set the vibe. There were multiple POV but it wasn’t hard to follow along. The only downside was the characters, they were very unlikable.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this Arc in exchange for an honest review!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
I loved this book! It kept me guessing the entire time! And I was right about nothing!
A family is invited to an isolated house by a cryptic invitation. They don’t understand why, all they know is that it’s related to their dead sister/ daughter. Once they all arrive, a terrible storm knocks out their electricity and it becomes clear that someone is out for revenge.

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I would like to thank NetGalley and Bantam Books for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It’s available now in your local and online bookstores and libraries.

⭐️⭐️.5

Meghan’s family has been invited to a remote house on the Oregon coast for one night. The host has remained anonymous but has promised them details about Meghan’s death 10 years earlier. Most of the family assumes their host is Meghan’s high school boyfriend, Cal, who was recently released from prison after serving 10 years for her murder, but everyone present has a secret from the night of Meghan’s murder, and Cal has always maintained his innocence…

I really liked the beginning of this book, but then the plot just went off the rails. I’m trying not to analyze it too much because if I think about the plot holes, I’ll get fixated on them. Was I entertained? Yes. Was I also annoyed? Yes. And I guess I have been analyzing as I write this because I just took off another .5 star. 🫣 It could’ve been so good, but the characters kept doing things that didn’t make sense, and other actions weren’t explained. It was just kind of a predictable mess. I really wanted to like it, but it was only a little bit better than okay.

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There is a tendency in thrillers to slowly dole out information in the book to build tension. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of character development and causes the reader to not connect with the characters. Add in to that the constant back and forth between past and present and this book ended up being an uninteresting mess that I just couldn’t get invested in. I was so looking forward to this book as I have really enjoyed other books by this author but this one just wasn’t for me.

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The premise of this book was so unique and interesting. The story was designed in a way that kept me guessing throughout the book. I was never sure who or what to trust. I couldn’t put this book down!

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Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for a review.

Hmm, this book started off so well. I really loved the setup - a family is lured out to a cabin only to find a creepy dinner party displayed. Only, the creepy dinner party never happened; a storm pops up, knocks out the lights and we are presented with a generic locked room mystery instead. I didn't find much mystery here. It was quite obvious from the beginning who was behind everything. I found the 3 sisters to be so silly and annoying, that I kept equating them with the Chipettes - Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor. The ending was unsurprising. It's a shame because I really looked forward to reading this. 2 stars.

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I knew it! I knew who was the killer and how everything went so out of control. But I didn't expect everything in between. There were so many red herrings that will make you scratch your head and think "maybe I'm not on the right track". Georgina Cross knows how to mess up with your brain, and I'm all about it :)

Eldest of the three sisters was murdered. Boyfriend was the main suspect. There wasn't much to discuss when the evidence and eye witness statements put him as the last person to see Meghan. He was sentenced. But now he was out. Every member of the family and the boyfriend got red envelopes asking them to meet at once a happy place for the family. They were told that they would learn about what actually happened to Meghan.

Family dynamics, relationship and connection between sisters, parents' levels of attention on each children drove the main storyline in this book. I don't know what I can say more without giving away any clues, but you should always be scared of the quiet one.

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