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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  4,420 ratings  ·  685 reviews
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 su
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Crown
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Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it

This book is reminiscent of a really bad Lifetime movie starring a bad actress from a 90's drama that you end up watching on a Sunday afternoon because you can't find the remote.

The Lost Night lost me about halfway through when I realized it was turning into the typical whodunnit only without the who.

I had a suspicion of who the killer was but kept dismissing the thoughts in hopes of a less obvious outcome. Although I guessed the killer, I hadn't yet figured out the why until
Kylie D
An okay psychological thriller that sees Lindsay start to question her best friend's suicide, ten years after the event. She has lost touch with her other friends from the time they all spent partying, drinking and generally running amok. Edie's death was deemed a suicide as she was seemingly depressed after a string of bad things had passed through her life. Lindsay slowly starts to get back in touch with her old friends, trying to remember what actually happened on that fateful night, a night ...more
Larry H
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
How reliable are our memories, particularly of a traumatic time? Andrea Bartz's mystery, The Lost Night , effectively explores that question.

In 2009, just as the U.S. economy was collapsing, a group of friends in their early 20s spend their days partying, drinking hard, listening and playing music, and falling in and out of hookups and relationships. At the center of the group is Edie—beautiful, mercurial, pulling all into her web. Everyone wanted to be noticed by her, wanted her approval.

Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The main character is yet another insufferably puerile thirty-three year old woman trying to determine her role in a tragedy that occurred ten years earlier among her hipster friends in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. This is a protracted tale that is predictable and mundane. Maybe I’m just too old to appreciate this sort of thing.
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars...rounded up!

Standing four feet closer to heaven and looking at the sidewalk eight emptied floors below. Maybe today's the day I'll Jump

Lindsay is a thirty something living in New York. She has great friends, enjoys her job and has an overall good life. However she has a few secrets and one of them includes what happened to her best friend ten years ago. Edie was found dead inside her apartment with a suicide note. However, when an opportunity comes up to reconnect with her old gro
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Close to the 10 year anniversary of the suicide of twenty-three year old Edie, her former roommate and former best friend, have lunch together, after not seeing each other for almost 10 years. Sarah, the roommate, and Lindsay, the best friend, had been together with Edie's ex boyfriend, Alex, smoking, drinking, and partying, that night. As Sarah and Lindsay reminisced about Edie and the night of her suicide, their memories are different and Sarah admits that she was convinced that Edie was murde ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun and is one of the most original and unpredictable thrillers I’ve read in a long time. I received an advanced manuscript of The Lost Night and was kept on my toes until the last page. I love a good thriller but can normally spot the twists from a few chapters away—not with this book! I’ve been describing The Lost Night to my friends (after telling them that they should read it) as a mix between Gossip Girl and Gone Girl; aka all the of entertaining social dynamics of a ju ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a feminist masterpiece. From its 20-something female protagonist looking for something real in a sea of f*** boys, to the 30-something version who feels like commitment is still too much to ask for, The Lost Night jumps into the complex tangle of relationships and love. It's no surprise that the most meaningful, powerful, and often disturbing relationships in the book are between Lindsay and her then and now-female friends. Edie, Linday's charismatic but cruel Brooklyn bestie, even ...more
Emily Johnson
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read The Lost Night over a weekend, and for the last 50 or so pages, couldn't put it down. The author creates an immersive, cinematic world of 2009-era Brooklyn, inhabiting a series of characters in a way that feels deeply candid and real. It's an excellent thriller (I didn't manage to guess the killer until the big reveal), but it's the internal monologues of each character that drew me in most. Highly recommend! ...more
Michele Hirsch
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the joy of reading an early draft of The Lost Night, and love the world it creates. The dialogue especially blew me away. Seeing how the characters gush to their friends about a new boy they laid eyes on at a party, then send stream-of-consciousness emails to each other about their fears — I've rarely read something so spot on. It felt like someone had taken my own conversations from my early twenties, all those late-night vulnerable musings, and somehow rendered them even more real.

Abbi Libers
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got to read an advanced manuscript of this book, and I finished it within two days. It's a whodunnit for sure, but it's more than a typical thriller. The psychology of the characters is so complex and the plot twists are so unexpected that I was second-guessing myself at every turn. I loved the writing and the fact that it's set at the height of the 2009 recession when life was so uncertain. It brought me back to my early years in New York and the insatiable desire to belong in this crazy city ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Random House for the gifted book.

The Lost Night is more mystery than thriller, and I know my thriller buddies like to know that ahead of time. Edie is in the center of the Brooklyn social scene in 2009. She’s moody, brilliant, and top dog in her group of friends.

One drunken night, her body is found next to a suicide note. No one could believe it was true- that Edie would kill herself.

It’s ten years later, and Lindsay, one in Edie’s former group of friends, is living a good, stable life
Erin Hicks
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got to read an early manuscript of The Lost Night at the author's request and I couldn't put it down. All the characters felt like people I had known for years, for better or worse, and the novel really took me back to my early post college years living in New York City for the first time as a magazine editor. The author does a great job of getting into the mindsets of the characters in a very relatable way --it almost seemed like I was hearing my own inner monologue at times. An extremely ent ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Most of us have a had a night out and we wake up and can't remember how it ended... maybe it was because we were tired or maybe alcohol came into play. The Lost Night touches heavily on a night like this. Edie is a popular 23 year old who takes her own life... or does she? Ten years later, Lindsey is reflecting on Edie and how her life ended. Is there more to what happened than Lindsey remembers? Read and you will find out. I will be recommending The Lost Night to my friends and coworkers. I was ...more
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3.75 ⭐'s

The Lost Night is a contemporary mystery thriller with unapologetically flawed and relatable characters starting their careers after graduation and living up a vivid partly live.

A group of friends in NYC comprised of all dynamics is making the best of the party scene around in their free time. Despite their varied personalities, they are connected one way or another and have been through thick and thin. But not everything is rosy all the time.

Lindsay has a long history of difficulties
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz took a bit to get into but once I did it was hard to put down. While at times the characters were very annoying it was a story that will keep you guessing.

10 years ago Lindsays best friend killed her self alone in her apartment after a long drunken night. Their group of friends were all completely devastated and shocked as it seemed to come out of nowhere. The grief sent them all their separate ways for 10 years. But after a catch up with one of the group Sarah, sh
Laura • lauralovestoread
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars!

The Lost Night was such a twisty turn little novel, that kept me guessing. I enjoyed this one and had fun trying to figure out the missing pieces to that one Lost Night that ended in a death.

*Thanks to the author and publisher for this gifted copy!
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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DNF @ p.72

A lot of people were comparing THE LOST NIGHT to a Lifetime movie, but for me, I was reminded of Douglas Coupland. With THE LOST NIGHT, Andrea Bartz tries to tell the tale of a generation, with a murder mystery thrown in for funsies, but both the portrayal of Millennial/early 2000s culture and the murder mystery element really fell short for me.

I really hate putting down books without finishing them, but I didn't like how for
Kris Waldherr
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an ending. Though I'd originally found myself unable to put THE LOST NIGHT down because of Bartz's sharply insightful writing, I was a total ball of nerves by the last fifty pages. I also loved her deeply immersive descriptions of Brooklyn hipster life, which rang true to my experiences living here during the period in which the novel is set. (Yeah, total Brooklynite, though Williamsburg was kind of a world onto itself a decade ago.) However, what I most appreciated about THE LOST NIGH ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz..... where do I start?

Well... let's all take a moment to give beauty to that cover! Absolutely love the cover and all the coloring.

It takes a lot to impress me nowadays with my thriller and mystery books. Unfortunately, this one feel extremely flat for me. Let me start out with our main character Lindsay... wow was she painful. I thought for a second I was reading a YA novel... because Lindsay was acting so immaturely but she is a woman in her 30's.

This was the
Felicia Grossman
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So this was the first book in a long-time that towards the end I sat up straight and said "HOLY CRAP," out loud. All the threads to the mystery were there but they were woven in so well, integrated so expertly, and most importantly, I was so locked in on the first person narration and the full fallibleness of memory and perspective, I missed it until it was, a train out of control bearing down on my like the characters. TOTALLY WOW. Let's just say this is WAY more than "top quartile interesting. ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
That ending!!

I spent the whole book thinking something else happened to Edie... I was way off. I wish there had been more chapters from the other friends perspective because Lindsay kind of got on my nerves, but I couldn't put the book down the last 150 pages. Awesome debut!
Katherine Riley
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this novel as if compelled, staying up way too late each night until I reached the end. And what an ending it was. But it’s the beginning that grabs and holds. This novel never lets go. It is a novel that flips effortlessly between the lingering edge of youth, and the narrowed path that is adulthood. For those of us in our twenties, it can be read as an oracle. For those of us who survived them, reading it is a redemptive act, also an act of solidarity, and a brave and steadfast gazing in ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I absolutely love any sort of book that deals with old murders and unsolved cases and this one appealed to me even more so because it’s unknown whether Edie was even murdered or if she committed suicide like the cops assumed. There was a lot of unknown factors in the one across the board and while it only left me guessing for about half the time, it maintained my interest throughout.

The bulk of the narrative is shaped by Lindsay with a handful of chapters from her old friend group scattered abou
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
While I appreciate what this book tried to do, it unfortunately fell a bit flat for me. I found the main character to be extremely irritating and not in the "I love to hate characters" kind of way. I knew exactly what the twist was going to be very quickly and that only made it all the more annoying when all my fears became true.

I appreciated the small chapters from other perspectives more than I did Lyndsay's and while she was an unreliable narrator, she was just plain unreliable and I have to
Christie Grotheim
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading The Last Night and I highly recommend it. I was fully engrossed—pulled into the story completely. Bartz captured the energy of being young in New York and depicted time and place beautifully; the setting and happenings at the Bushwick loft reminded me of more parties than I can count and many I can’t quite recall. In that sense I thought the plot was brilliant, and it held me as she put the pieces together while wrestling with her dark past. The character development of ...more
Carl K
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance copy of this urban mystery novel, set mostly in the artist lofts of Bushwick around 2009, when this neighborhood was the center of the up-and-coming art world. Knowing the scene from my Brooklyn post-college days, I felt that the setting and the ‘lifestyle’ was well-captured, and it makes for a good location for a murder mystery because there is a thrilling sense of lawlessness in the derelict buildings where starving artists dwell. But it’s usually associated with drug-fueled ...more
Diane McPhail
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Bartz has taken on a number of difficulties and done them justice. Lindsay, the unreliable narrator (a difficult task in itself) is looking back 10 years to the unexpected suicide of a shining, but mercurial friend during their years of alcohol soaked, party focused living in a wild rundown apartment complex in New York. I see that other reviewers have said this is spot on and reminds them of their own young adulthood. Being older, I found this lifestyle somewhat disorienting and a revela ...more
10 years ago, Lindsay had a blackout on the night her friend, Edie, died. Her death was ruled a suicide. After meeting with another friend from 10 past, Lindsay begins to think perhaps Edie was murdered and questions her own part in it. I really enjoyed reading THE LOST NIGHT, and I highly recommend it!
Megan Collins
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an exciting and wild ride—truly a thriller in every sense of the word. The characters, all wonderful and flawed in various interesting ways, felt so achingly real, and the prose radiated with nostalgia for that time in your life when nothing matters but what you and your closest friends are doing that night (it certainly made me miss those days, even as it illuminated the blind spots and pitfalls of youth). I read this in just two and a half days, and the last 60 pages or so w ...more
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Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based journalist and author of the forthcoming thriller THE HERD. Her debut thriller, THE LOST NIGHT (Crown, 2019), is being developed for TV by Mila Kunis. It was named a best book of the year by Real Simple, Glamour, Marie Claire, Library Journal, Crime Reads, Popsugar, She Reads, and other publications. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Cosmopol ...more

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