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One Night Gone

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  211 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Graydon House
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May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
One night gone was read by me in one night (well, okay I did start it earlier in the day) and it was a very enjoyable read which sucked me. The premise was inviting. A young girl comes to a beautiful seaside town (Opal Beach) to start over. She is an outsider looking in at the lives of the elite and wealthy. She has made friends and although considered a "summer girl" she plans to make an impact and be in these people's lives. She is young, she has dreams, she has hopes, she has plans and then * ...more
Julie (JuJu)
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A slightly spooky and mysteriously suspenseful thriller!

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book when I saw the cover! The author does a great job of describing the setting of Opal Beach. A small town filled with excitement, beach parties and fun during the summer months. But all good things come to an end. It’s cold, dreary, and lonely when summer ends. I could feel the eerie chill in the air! Inhabited by the rich, also known as “yacht squats”, abandoning their summer homes at
Holly  B
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

An intriguing mystery with suspense and characters that I became invested in...

I was easily drawn into the mystery that involves two women - Allison, a down and out "weather" girl and Maureen a "carnival" girl who vanishes from Opal Beach thirty years before Allison arrives.

Allison ends up house-sitting in Opal Beach and things get dicey when she becomes interested in the "cold case" of Maureen Haddaway. Some dark secrets linger.

The beach setting of Opal B/>
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
One Night Gone is the typical story of the haves and the have nots in a New Jersey beach town. “Slap some sun and sand on anything and it’ll look pretty, but don't venture too far off. You want to talk inequity? Let’s talk inequity. Opal Beach has it all. The top 1 percent run everything and the rest of us can just suck it up.”

Told from two different timelines, 1985 when a young teenage carnival worker makes friends with the town’s rich boy and then current day, when a young divorcee agrees to
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is an excellent read! Definitely addicting. Both views are interesting. Some portion of Allison's view got me scared of ghosts especially when she's in the basement. I like the idea behind Allison's disposable for this entire book. I like following Maureen's view, especially in the beginning when she wants to change her life and she goes to get it. Later, her choices seems to be not as clever as I thought she seems to be. The timeline leading to the end between two views is great. Lobs ...more
Theresa Alan
One summer in the 80s, young Maureen goes missing from Opal Beach. She was a summer girl, a condescending term that Allison stumbles upon when, thirty years later, she’s given the opportunity to house sit on Opal Beach. She has destroyed her career after her husband destroyed their marriage, so she needs a place to regroup.

This novel bounces back and forth from Maureen’s point of view in one chapter to Allison’s in the next. Unfortunately, the only character in this entire novel that
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
One Night Gone was a solid 4 stars. A mystery/thriller book, it centers around main character Allison-a divorced meteorologist that was fired from her position for “calling out” her cheating husband on the air. Wanting a fresh start in life, Allison agrees to house-sit for a couple in Opal Beach, giving her a chance to get away for a while.
The other main character in One Night Gone is teen Maureen. Told in past tense (thirty years before), Maureen was a carnival worker in Opal Beach, who sudden
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
One Night Gone is an intriguing mystery with just the right amount of spook.

I was easily taken away in this mystery surrounding Allison and Maureen. Allison is a weather girl who travels to the town of Opal Beach and Maureen is a crazy carnival girl that went missing 30 years ago in this beach town.

I was taken right away with the small town of Opal Beach and the lingering thoughts of the strange disappearance of Maureen. Tara does a nice job of slowly laying out this tangled web of
When I saw this title come up on Netgalley, I wasn't sure about it, but I thought I would give it a try. I was happy to be approved rather quickly and initially the book started out good enough where I liked it and wanted to keep reading. At around the 75 page mark, I thought about stopping, but I wanted to give the book a chance (so many of my book friends liked it, I try to push through more when it's an arc), but I honestly should have given up.

Even though this was an almost DNF for me, I do
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tight, mysterious, and pacey!

One Night Gone is an atmospheric, suspenseful thriller that takes us into the life of Allison Simpson, a depressed, heartbroken meteorologist who after moving to Opal Beach to house sit for the fall inadvertently gets drawn into a thirty-year-old missing persons case involving the young carnival teen, Maureen Haddaway who one day just vanished without a trace.

The prose is descriptive and intense. The characters are troubled, vulnerable, and te
Erin Clemence
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Opal Beach, 1980s; a young girl arrives in the opulent summer town, looking to escape from her life amidst the gorgeous beach mansions and rich “summer bunnies”. But she gets more than she bargains for when one night, she mysteriously disappears.

Opal Beach, present day; Alison Simpson has humiliated herself on air, railing about her ex-husband’s cheating ways. When she
5 Stars

To start off with, most who know me and my reading taste know that I am generally not a thriller reader. I enjoy them every now and then, but my heart lies (pun intended) in romance. This is why, even I was surprised with the fact that I requested this book from NetGalley. The cover and the premise very much intrigued me and I decided to take a chance.

One of the best decisions I have made, as this book was absolutely fantastic!

I don’t want to get too much into the
Lisa Leone-campbell
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski is an intriguing novel of suspense told between two time periods with an explosive ending you will never see coming.

Maureen Haddaway is a young teenager who ran away from her drug addicted mother and joined a travelling carnival. One summer the carnival stops at a place called Opal Beach a lavishly rich town with beautiful views and opulence. Maureen becomes friends with some of the local teenagers and finally feels happiness and freedom for the first
Laura G (lauralovestoread)
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, graydon, 2019
Well this was a fun read! I have to say that the cover love for One Night Gone grabbed me right away. I was so fascinated with the dual timeline and the need to find out what happened to this mysterious girl years ago.

Some fun little twists in there too!

*Thank you to the publisher and Harlequin Publicity Team for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own.
Melissa In The City
There was so much about this book that I just loved and . It was a 10 star read for me. From the very first line to the very last.
The writing is beautiful and so detailed and descriptive. What a talented writer Ms Laskowski is. Her words are so powerful and they literally create a movie. I had the entire set pictured crystal clear from the pier, to the beach, the bustling carnival, the empty cold desolate beach town, the beautiful beach house of the wealthy couple sitting empty in the midd
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Know those little towns where everyone knows everyone? Opal Beach in this novel reminded me of just that. Constricting, in your business and harboring secrets! It is not the place you want to get on with the wrong, influential crowd, because you will never see the end of it.

I had my eye on this book since I saw it on Netgalley, but it wasn't in my cards to receive a copy of it back then. None the less, I was drawn to the beach town setting as I'm a sucker for anything beach: love at the beach, murder a
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The little mermaid kissed his hand, and felt as if her heart were already broken. His wedding morning would bring death to her, and she would change into the foam of the sea.
--"The Little Mermaid," by Hans Christian Andersen

2.5 stars rounded up

A slow-burning, atmospheric mystery involving Maureen, the 'Mermaid Girl,' who came to Opal Beach, on the Jersey shore, and met her fate. I quite liked Maureen...this gutsy, no-nonsense character, whose only goal was to better her life. Tara Laskowski did an am
Natasha Niezgoda
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up

I'd like to preface with the digital copy I was given didn't have any structure to it (random breaks in sentences; no clear paragraphs), so that made it increasingly difficult to read and even navigate the story.

But from what I gathered, Opal beach has something fishy going on. Thirty years ago, a woman, Maureen, ventured there to start her life anew. She was hoping for a fresh slate but ended up getting caught up in the allure of all the high society events. And then she v
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read on a lazy Sunday morning. Told in dual POV, it involved Allison solving the mystery of the disappearance of Maureen 30 years ago from Opal Beach.

My first book by author Tara Laskowski was entertaining. It was more of a gentle mystery with some twists. The writing was smooth and flowed easily capturing me into the atmosphere of the Opal Beach. Wanting to know what happened to Maureen had me tapping my kindle furiously. Their pasts has a secret hidden.

Both the characters in t
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Not too much to say except that I found this to be a solid thriller by Tara Laskowski. I have never read a book from her before, but she definitely does a great job with developing the two leads (Maureen and Allison). She sets up the sleepy beach town with dark secrets very well too. I ended up pitying the characters and loved the epilogue.

"One Night Gone" has Allison Simpson struggling to move on. Re
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maureen Haddaway is desperate for a fresh start. She comes to Opal Beach as a member of a travelling carnival. What she finds is a town where she thinks she could build a new life. A town she could call home. There is the opportunity for friendship, romance, and freedom from the turmoil she left behind. Everything is seemingly going perfect or is it? Maureen mysteriously vanishes from Opal Beach one night, never to be seen or heard from again.

Decades later, Allison Simpson is offered
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1985 were introduced to Maureen who just recently moved to a small coastal town named Opal Beach, she’s working for a traveling carnival. Soon she befriends a girl named Tammy, when an incident at work causes her to lose her job and her place to live she moves in Tammy. They end up best friends but when they both fall for the same boy named Clay Bishop, who comes from a wealthy local family that holds a lot of influence in the small town , he decides to date Maureen. Soon Maureen realizes may ...more
Oct 06, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: mystery-thriller
DNF @ page 70

I don’t have time to waste on mediocre books anymore.
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Precisely what I needed at this time. This moderately paced suspenseful mystery of a read has a dual time line. Allison in the present day, still getting over her divorce and public humility, trying to start over by house sitting in a small beach town. Maureen in the past, a carnival "summer girl", who gets involved with the *rich* group - a terrible family home, making bad decisions and just trying to make things better. Instead, she's in an endless loop of getting nowhere.

It didn't
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Back in 1985, Maureen moves to a coastal town for the summer, working for the traveling carnival. After a scuffle at work, Maureen moves in with a girl named Tammy that she met early in the summer. Tammy and Maureen become good friends, but it soon becomes clear that they both are crushing on the same boy—Clay Bishop, who comes from a wealthy family with plenty of influence in their small town. Maureen also gets herself caught up in something she doesn’t know how to get herself out of. And by th ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Night Gone is the debut novel of Tara Laskowski. Allison Simpson is a recently divorced woman who wants to get away from her life. She was recently fired from her position as a TV meteorologist, after she called out her husband's infidelity on-air. When the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach arises, Allison believes it to be the perfect chance to start fresh and come up with her next move. 30 years earlier, Maureen is a teenage girl who travels and works with a carnival. The carnival arr ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart wrenching and suspenseful! Loved it!
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of reading an advance reviewers copy... two stories, two women. One who, thirty years ago, tried to run away from her past but but couldn't outrun danger; and a woman today trying to get deal with her own unpleasant baggage. I loved the honkytonk carnival setting and the town which has become a refuge for the wealthy. 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 t ...more
Priya Shrinath
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
My elaborate review here:

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

When Allison gets a chance through her sister to house-sit a gorgeous mansion overlooking the sea in the small town of Opal Beach, she has second thoughts. She is recently divorced from her cheating husband, lost her job and the house she used to live in for years and currently living in a tiny room in her sister's apartment at 35. Allison was a weather forecaster doing a live TV show until she blasted her cheating hu
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is nothing more entertaining than a dual timeline thriller when things start to come together and you begin to put the pieces together in your head. One Night Gone is set in 1985 and 2015, two women who look everything alike but have no relation - and one of them has been missing since 1985.

One Night Gone is fun, entertaining and suspenseful and kept me turning the pages until I found out "whodunnit" - I enjoyed this debut and I can't wait to see what Laskowski comes up with next!
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TARA LASKOWSKI is the award-winning author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, which was named a best book of 2017 by Jennifer Egan in The Guardian. Her debut novel One Night Gone was published in October 2019 by Graydon House Books. She has had stories published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and the Norton anthology N ...more
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