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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 lat
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Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Graydon House (first published 2019)
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Debra
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
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
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Tammie
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
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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 pre
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Megan
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
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
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Carol
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart wrenching and suspenseful! Loved it!
Donna Hines
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Sun, Sand, Surf, and MURDER!
Wait one second we have a nearly 30 year teen (Maureen) who vanished near Opal Beach and was the talk of this small town.
When Allison arrives to house sit she's drawn into the quaint beauty of the Jersey Shore but also the discussions about this teen.
Power, privilege, prosperity or sisterhood you decide.
Whatever you choose know that lives may be in danger as the truth unfolds!
Jealousy, blackmail, threats oh it's all in there.
Thank you to Tara, the publisher, NetGalley
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Hallie
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
Janet
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.


One sultry summer in the 1980s, a teenager arrived in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. But before the summer was up, she vanished.

Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach, it seems like the perfect
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Alexa
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
One Night Gone is the perfect crossover novel for YA fans, though I doubt it will be marketed that way--too bad! The book expertly balances dual POVs--40-year-old recent divorce Allison, who ends up housesitting in Opal Beach during the off-season and stumbles upon a 30 year old missing persons case, and 17-year-old Maureen, a "Summer Girl" in Opal Beach in 1985--and she's the missing girl. Maureen's story covers the "shady rich people in beach town" trope well and hers is a compelling, if sad, ...more
Shannon Kirk
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ONLY good thing about a 15 hour flight is if you get an advance reader copy of One Night Gone. Like that is literally the only shining light. I read this in one flight and, honestly, made the flight whiz by. Loved the back and forth between current times and the 80’s (featuring many familiar items from my youth). Also loved the unique backstory on our main character, a weatherwoman, who has a very interesting breakdown on TV. I don’t want to give anything away, but one of the final scenes in ...more
Imelda
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, own
One Night Gone is a story of two women who lived 30 years apart but somehow their lives intersect in the most unlikely way. Maureen Haddaway arrived in Opal Beach in the Summer of 1985 to start a new life. But by the end of that Summer, Maureen was never heard from again. Thirty years later, Allison Simpson arrived in Opal Beach to get away from her own messy situation. What was supposed to be a relaxing time for Allison, turned out to be anything but. Allison soon finds herself in the middle of ...more
Anissa
What I thought was going to be a mystery ensconced in a beach community turned into much more and I quite liked it. I'm going to keep this spoiler free but will say that the dual timeline served the story well.

In 1986, Maureen is a young woman working at the carnival in Opal Beach. One night, she goes missing. In the present day, Allison is at a low point having lost her job, her home & being recently divorced. At least she has her sister and her long-lived plant, Linus. Allison accepts an
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Rachel Zomerfeld
AHHH! Absolutely amazing, couldn’t put it down. Loved everything about it. The perfect mystery/suspense read.
Simon Pelletier
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very intense read. I thought it was going to be slow and fun at first but the end got me flipping page frantically! I didn't know what to expect, but I can say this : it was amazing. The way the author plays with our expectations is perfect. And it plays out so well. I highly recommend this book!
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
Full review to come closer to release date. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
abdulia ortiz-perez
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this ARC book from Netgalley for honest Review.
What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page,
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abdulia ortiz-perez
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC book from Netgalley for honest Review.
What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page,
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The
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great debut for a talented new writer! Summer girls-carnival girls-girls who stay for a while, then move on. Or do they? Not always apparently. Maureen didn't. She's been missing for 30 years and only her BFF seems concerned. But then Allison comes to town to house sit for a few months and Tammy, Maureen's old BFF, talks her into nosing around a bit. She's reluctant at first, but it's the off season and thinking about her own tumultuous life is depressing, so she finally agrees, thinking there ...more
Owl._.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thouroughly enjoyed this debut novel. I figured it out about half-way through but that didn't stop me from finishing the book. Really enjoyed the characters and the back and forth from past to present. It was easy to follow along the different time periods and to keep the characters straight. Nice job! I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.

Thank you #netgalley and #HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books (U.S. & Canada) for the eARC.
Kathy Cunningham
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tara Laskowski’s ONE NIGHT GONE is a simmering, introspective mystery involving two women separated by thirty years. In the fall of 2015, Allison is a recent divorcee whose career as a TV “Weather Girl” was torpedoed after an on-air rant against her cheating husband. She’s spending three months house-sitting for a wealthy couple in the New Jersey beach town of Opal Beach, hoping to put her life back together. And in the summer of 1985, Maureen, a teenage runaway with a shady past, finds a job wi ...more
T.J. Fox
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgally
Characters: 2.5/5 Stars
Blurb: 2.5/5 Stars
Peeve Factor: 2/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 2.5/5 Stars

While this was an ARC for me, I was kind of floored by the extreme problems I ran into with the formatting in my Kindle copy. It was so bad at times, I very nearly could not read it and came close to not finishing it because of this issue. Being continually ripped away from the story by the distraction of that problematic formatting made it difficult for me to really get into the story and it has colored
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Cari
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for indulging my request for a galley - and thanks to the publisher and NetGalley, too!

I was immediately intrigued by the description of this book. Allison Simpson is trying to escape her past - an Embarrassing Thing happened to her, which the reader finds out as the novel goes on, but at the beginning we're just with her as she moves away from that past. Allison moves to Opal Beach, a tourist community, but it's winter and the place is quiet. The only denizens are the fe
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Sharon Mensing
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this first novel after two short story collections, the suspense derives from the lives of two damaged women whose stories begin decades apart but dovetail into one suspenseful conclusion. Maureen is a runaway teenager who, after joining a traveling carnival, goes missing in the 80s, while Allison is a disgraced TV weather reporter discarded by her philandering husband in 2015. Both end up in the same seaside town, meeting the same people, making the same friends, and crossing the same beache ...more
Cheryl
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This mystery-thriller is a must-read for those who love this genre. The two main characters, Maureen and Allison have never met, but their lives become entwined through the small vacation community of Opal Beach. They both sought refuge and a new start in this town.... 30 years apart. The book tells both stories separately and then brings them together while Allison attempts to solve the mystery of Maureen’s disappearance. The switching back and forth from one character story to the other is don ...more
Meghan
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from HARLEQUIN - Graydon House Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Usually I am not into psychological thrillers but this one caught my eye from the cover and the description. One Night Gone tells the story of Maureen and Allison. Maureen moves into Opal Beach and gets invited into the Party scene and makes all of these new friends and it looks like a perfect world until at one minute she va
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Beth
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
In a resort town on the Jersey shore in 1986’ Maureen, a carnival girl, disappears and is forgotten until in present day, Allison, a disgraced meteorologist and divorcee comes to town and starts looking into the mystery of her disappearance. I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I liked they way the POV changed between Maureen and Allison but I didn’t really relate to any of the characters. Allison is too uptight and even though she called out her cheating husband on live TV, she doesn’t real ...more
Taylor Holt
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
A disappearance and possible murder on the Jersey Shore. This book was written with me in mind. I grew up on the Jersey Shore, so it was a nice jaunt back there through Tara Laskowski's eyes.
I always enjoy a POV shift, and this book did it exceptionally well. I was kept guessing throughout the novel, while still becoming attached to both Maureen and Allison. All the characters were quite well-developed, and I was invested in the dichotomy between the rich and the regular folk. Throw in
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Jordyn
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A young girl finds herself in a beautiful beach town. An outsider wanting just wanting to fit in. Suddenly, she vanishes. Years later, Allison, who is divorced, unemployed, and embarrassed at the turn her life has taken, heads to Opal Beach to house sit and get her life back on track. However, this beach town isn’t as quiet and charming as it seems. Allison finds herself wrapped up in the mystery of the young girl who vanished. She discovers secrets that no one imagined and finds that she can’t ...more
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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 will be 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 antholo ...more
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