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One Night Gone

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,881 ratings  ·  426 reviews
A Finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Agatha Award, and Lefty Award

“A subtly but relentlessly unsettling novel.” —TANA FRENCH, author of The Witch Elm

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 frie
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 the end of e
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 Beach was atmospheric and th
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski is a mystery that started thirty years ago, when a young Maureen moved to Opal Beach in the hope of a better life. Summertime on the beach brought parties and a summer romance. All was well till Maureen disappeared without a trace at the end of the summer, never to be seen again. Thirty years later, Allison moves to Opal Beach to house-sit an off-season beach house and to lick her wounds after a humiliating and very public divorce. She soon becomes interested in ...more
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 I liked was
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
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 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 deceit to he
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,
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
Tara laskowski has written an eery and intriguing thriller. Told from two different perspectives and times, I was equally captivated by both stories. 1980s Maureen is a young girl working for the carnival who finds herself involved with a rich boy Who is in town for the summer. Present day Allison is housesitting for one of the summer homes of the wealthy trying to start her life anew. When she hears about the young girl Who went missing over 30 years ago she is intrigued. What follows is a clev ...more
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 tenacious. And the plot us
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 is pr
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
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 story line itself as I
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Wow you guys, Tara Laskowski has delivered a wonderfully atmospheric and suspenseful novel with her debut One Night Gone!

I loved that the weather and Opal Beach were practically characters themselves in this book. Everything seemed to revolve around both the weather and the beach which is what made it so atmospheric for me. One Night Gone was not only suspenseful but enjoyable to read as well. I really liked Maureen and Allison, and for the entire book I was dreading finding out what
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 time. Until
Laura • lauralovestoread
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs, graydon
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 middle of
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 L
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
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous story. A mystery, but also much more.
At its heart, this a coming-of-age story, and the consequences of choices made. Maureen was driven by loneliness, isolation, and desperation to achieve something more. And one day she went missing.
Now it’s been 30 years and Maureen’s disappearance still haunts the town.
After being fired from her job as a meteorologist, Allison comes to town, house-sitting for a few months and to ponder her future. After hearing about Maureen, Allison become
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. Read
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
Nov 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. I voluntarily reviewed this book.

One Night Gone
By: Tara Laskowski

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This story was different than I expected. One Night Gone is the story of a girl, Maureen, who disappeared
about thirty years ago in Opal Beach; it's also the story of Addison, a girl in present day Opal Beach. Addison wants to know the truth about what happened to Maureen. She may get more than she could imagine. Questions lead to lies that
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 the opportu
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.
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
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
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 make much s
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart wrenching and suspenseful! Loved it!
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TARA LASKOWSKI is the author of the suspense novel, One Night Gone, which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Lefty Award and the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the 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. She has had st ...more

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