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One Night

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Creepy and suspenseful. Family, secrets, a dark and stormy night…..
Many thanks to Random House and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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TITLE: One Night
AUTHOR: Georgina Cross
PUB DATE: 08.01.2023 @penguinrandomhouse

One night…

Meghan was murdered ten years ago and her boyfriend at the time - Cal, served time despite him claiming his innocence then, and is now released from prison. Each one of Meghan’s family receives an invitation to a secluded home in the Oregon Coast - a dinner table is set. Cal gets injured and was brought to the home - with half of the family eager to let him die, and the other half wants to save him to learn the truth.

I enjoyed the writing and the unexpected twists and turns this book took me, and I was definitely hooked from the premise. I enjoyed the short chapters which moved the story quickly as well as the multiple POVs and an atmospheric locked room mystery.

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So this is my first time reading Georgina Cross and I can't wait to pick up more of her stuff and really get a feel for her writing.

Thriller lovers will want to pick this one up Locked room mystery, and the characters are sooooo easy to like...but can we trust them?

Picture this - beach house, takes place over ONE day and night but has tons of flashbacks to give you insight into that situation. I would almost think I had it figured out and then BOOM, nope. I was wrong.

When you read this, let me know what you think of it!

part of the blurb -
The anonymous letters arrive in the mail, one by one: To find out what really happened to Meghan, meet at this location. Don't tell anyone you're coming. In one night, you'll find out everything you need to know.

Ten years after her murder, the letters tell Meghan's family exactly when and where to meet: a cliffside home on the Oregon coast. But on the night they're promised answers, the convicted killer--her high school boyfriend, Cal, who spent only ten years in prison for murder--is found unconscious in his car, slammed into a light pole near the house where the family is sitting and waiting. Is he the one who invited them to gather?


Thanks SO much to NetGalley and Random House for providing this copy for me to read!

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I read a lot of thrillers and the storylines will often leave my mind pretty quickly. This book was NOT like that. I finished this a month ago and still remember all of the details. It was twisty and wild, with a shock ending! If you enjoy a family drama mixed with murder, this book is for you!

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This is the perfect gothic, tense locked room mystery that will leave you wanting more on every page!
The dark atmosphere was the perfect setting for the story plus a large group of unlikeable characters made for a fun drama filled read.
You’ll think you had it all figured it out 𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐋 that one final twist 🤯

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Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author, for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
The premise of the book drew me in but once I started reading it, I just couldn’t get into it at all.
I wish the author, publisher and all those promoting the book much success and connections with the right readers.

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This was a wild ride but I loved it. The ending wasn't expected which was great. It was unique and kept me on my toes as I was reading. Special Thank You to Georgina Cross, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
*This review was also published on my Goodreads account.

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I didn’t love or hate this book, but it was a very slow burn that in some chapters seemed to drag out. I do like this author and I love the Nanny Needed.

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𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘭, 𝘵𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦!

An atmospheric, gothic, tense locked-room mystery that will keep you turning pages.
I love this kind of dark, creepy setting and a story that keeps me guessing who did what, I thought I had it figured it out but that last twist took me by surprise.

Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours for this tour invite.

𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 by Georgina Cross, Author released August 1, 2023.

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I absolutely loved this book, once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Thank you so much for the ARC.

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This book was almost too chaotic and felt like it was building to something bigger than it was. The increased perspectives at the end made this feel a bit forced. Definitely some tense moments that make this book a thriller, just generally not my favorite.

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I was recommended this book because I have read from Georgina Cross before. I DNF'ed it but only because it felt similar to Daisy Darker (which I really didn't like). It was too similar of a set up and I read that too recently to be unbiased. I did skip ahead to see 'whodunnit' and was pleasantly surprised by the ending. I think the writing was still good and I would not hesitate to read another Georgina Cross book. This was just a personal gripe.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Bantam for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

One Night was a book that didn't hook me at first but as it starting getting deeper into the book it became a classic who did it book? I had keep reading and had to find out who the killer was. Family drama, accusations, ex husband drama. This book was good. I did want more from the ending. I wish that it could of been drug out more but overall it was a good fast paced read.

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I listened to Georgina's last novel, Nanny Needed, and devoured it! So I was looking forward to reading One Night. Thank you to @netgalley /publisher for this copy!

I read this book in 24 hours. The build-up of the story mixed with the storm that moved in kept me engaged, along with alternating povs and short chapters.

I did end up calling the twists and ending. I'm going to recommend this one for those that maybe aren't seasoned thriller/mystery readers. Also, go in blind! Nonetheless, a good locked-room mystery.

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Unfortunately I found this to be dreadfully slow and I had to DNf 20% in. I will Try this author again

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Locked room (house), rainy weather, and a possible killer? Count me in! I ate this one up and felt like I was flying through it! We have quite a few characters, but I enjoyed getting to hear all of their perspectives. Everyone had a motive or reason to get rid of Meghan and I couldn’t decide who the killer was going to be. It was interesting with the will they / won’t they go after Cal.

For me, the ending felt like it ended abruptly and I wished we would have gotten an epilogue as I want to know what happened.

*The dog is not harmed in the book*

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Georgina’s thrillers are always binge reads for me and this one is no exception. This one might actually be my favorite read by her so far.

This book goes back and forth in time, has multiple narrators, includes a past family murder, and a locked room type reveal.

It has a perfectly creepy atmosphere with a house on a cliff in a storm and a group of people invited to find out the truth in a decade old murder.

And the secrets…lots of those to go around with parents, siblings, fake uncles, second wives, and old boyfriends all in the mix.

The twists at the end were perfectly revealed and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book.

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One Night by Georgina Cross
How does the saying go? “When first we practice to deceive” or something like that. Deception can be a scary thing. Secrets kept can become burdensome. What lengths would you go to to keep what you know protected?
A family and some close friends are invited to a house on the coast of Oregon. A storm brews, electricity is out, wind howls, trees downed, roads impassable. You are all alone. And one of your housemates is a murderer. Your invitation says that you will learn what really happened to Meaghan. Meghan, the beloved daughter and sister, who was murdered 10 years ago. But, Cal has already served a 10 year prison term for this crime. Cal has always claimed his innocence.
Dive into this unputdownable book. You will want to stay up late to get to the end. Ms. Cross weaves such a good tale that you won’t see the ending coming. Pick this book up! You won’t be disappointed !!

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The night Meghan was killed was the night that her family shattered. It fractured even more when her alleged killer, Cal, was released from jail after only serving ten years. Her entire family is invited to a beach house on the Oregon shore two years later. As tensions rise inside, a massive storm rampages outside. When Cal is found injured and unconscious in his car, the family moves him inside. Half of the people there want to kill him, and the other half want to keep him alive so he can tell them what he knows. But someone in that group is hiding a secret. A secret so big that it could destroy them and the other family members. Did Cal kill Meghan? If he didn’t, who did? Will Cal survive the night? Will he tell people what he knows?

I have read a lot of mysteries lately. That is a good thing; I enjoy a good mystery, and the mystery angle initially attracted me to this book. I figured that I would like this book. I hate to say it, but I was “meh” about One Night.

One Night is a fast-paced book in the tourist town of Bandon, Oregon. The storyline did suit the pacing, but there was a lag in the middle and end of the book.

There were two main storylines in One Night. The first was Meghan’s murder, who did it, why, and how Cal fit into it. The second storyline centers around Meghan’s family, the house, the storm, and Cal. While both storylines were well written, I was more interested in the first storyline. The second storyline should have held my attention.

The storyline with Meghan, her murder, who did it, why, and how Cal fit into it was very twisty. I didn’t like Meghan. She was dishonest and abusive and had her mother wrapped around her little finger (I will get more into her mother later). The details of her murder, though, weren’t revealed until the very end. While I did have the correct people involved, I didn’t have the timeline right. So, I was surprised when the murderer was revealed.

The storyline with Meghan’s family, the aftermath, the invite to the house, the storm, and how Cal fit into everything was strange and often didn’t make sense. In this storyline, I did figure out who invited everyone to the house (it was very apparent, and the person did make some telling statements with the magazines). The storm was just the backdrop to a surreal and strange situation that started unfolding in the house. When Cal showed up, I wasn’t surprised who wanted to kill him. By the end of the book, I was sick of everyone in this storyline, and I couldn’t wait for it to be done.

I wouldn’t say I liked any of the characters. Except for Sam and Cal, they all got on my one last nerve.

I liked the book’s mystery angle, and it was well-written. As I stated above, I did think I had figured out who killed Meghan, but I was surprised at how it ended. I also did figure out who sent the invites out. But, the reason why surprised me.

The end of One Night was confusing. The author ended the present-day storyline in a way that I did not like. I agreed with Cal’s statement.

I would recommend One Night to anyone over 21. There are no sexual situations, but there is violence and language.

Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Bantam, NetGalley, and Georgina Cross for allowing me to read and review One Night. All opinions stated in this review are mine.

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Georgina Cross does it again! This story centers on a family whose daughter/sister tragically died. The girl’s boyfriend was imprisoned for her death. Years later he is released from jail and he as well as the family receive invites to a beach house for an opportunity to finally find out what happened that dreadful night. The twists & turns will keep you guessing and of course the rendezvous occurs in the middle of a vicious storm. Cut off from the outside world , will they find the answers they seek, or is the truth worth dying for? Thanks to NetGalley and Bantam for this ARC. This is my honest review.

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