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It was the perfect place to disappear...
One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes.
Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all...
A Note From the Publisher
ONE NIGHT GONE is Tara Laskowski's full-length debut novel. It is also Tara's first novel with Graydon House Books.
Publishers Weekly has crowned the book with a starred review, calling it "an evocative and beautifully crafted tale of suspense."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"One Night Gone's strength lies in its all-pervading sense of precariousness: everything is fragile, unstable and under threat, from Maureen's prized freedom and Allison's hard-won recovery to the intricate framework of relationships and hierarchies that underpins life in the small seaside town. It makes for a subtly but relentlessly unsettling book." —Tana French author of The Witch Elm
“A heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel of betrayal and revenge. A stunning debut! ” —Carol Goodman, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of The Night Visitors
“Featuring a brilliantly executed dual timeline with two unforgettable narrators, Tara Laskowski's One Night Gone is a timely and timeless mystery, one that will keep you obsessively reading well past your bedtime.” —Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts
“Absolutely gripping. This multi-layered and gorgeously structured tale of betrayal, murder, and redemption will haunt you long after the book is over. The talented Tara Laskowski, with her confident hand, beautifully drawn characters and unique style, is sure to be a major voice in crime fiction.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling and award-winning author of Trust Me
“With evocative prose, One Night Gone feels like a journey through a sinister hall of mirrors, bringing to life the off-season menace of a beachfront refuge for the wealthy, still haunted by the disappearance of a teenaged girl thirty years ago.” —Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of Careful What You Wish For
“There is so much to love in Tara Laskowski’s One Night Gone. At its core, it’s a mystery, and a perfectly paced, well-plotted one at that. But it’s also a beautifully lyrical coming-of-age story that depicts the socioeconomic divide of small beach town life, with all the 1980s flavor to go with it. Laskowski is a truly gifted storyteller with that ‘X-factor’ you look for—but rarely find—in a debut author. Spectacular.” —Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts