The Lost Night
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 suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. Grief, shock, and resentment scattered the group and brought the era to an abrupt end.A decade later, Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of Calhoun Lofts. She has devoted best friends, a cozy apartment, and a thriving career as a magazine’s head fact-checker. But when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered—and, worse, if she herself was involved. As she rifles through those months in 2009—combing through case files, old technology, and her fractured memories—Lindsay is forced to confront the demons of her own violent history to bring the truth to light.

The Lost Night Details

TitleThe Lost Night
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherCrown
ISBN-139780525574712
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Lost Night Review

  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    *yaaaaaaaawwwwnnn*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 *yaaaaaaaawwwwnnn*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 it was revealed.The reveal was painfully cliché in it's execution with the guilty party giving a long, detailed and convoluted account of the implausible chain of events leading up to and following the murder. I mean this scene goes on and on and on and becomes more ridiculous by the page.The lead protagonist, Lindsay, is an unbearably annoying character with the mental fortitude of a teenager rather than a woman in her 30's. The writing is very wordy and I found myself skimming through paragraphs of relentless dialogue.2.5 Stars rounded up to 3 for effortI was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 murdered and went to great lengths to dig deeper into what happened that night. This starts Lindsay, one of the most unreliable narrators you could hope to meet, due to her blackout drunken episodes, on a mission to find out what really happened that night. Lindsay even wonders if she killed Edie since she was planning an ugly best friend break up with her and that night was one of her nights of drinking into a blackout stupor. As she begins to gather information into the death of Edie, Lindsay enlists the help of her current best friends Tessa and Damien, Edie had a magnetic personality and a beautiful head of red hair, fair skin, freckles, and was always the center of attention. Edie also dropped people like rocks and made a lot of enemies in her short 23 year old life. The group of friends lived in a huge rambling, cobbled together apartment building with little privacy, rarely used locks, and people coming and going at all hours of the night, as the denizens partied like the "hipsters" they were. Edie had just been told that her parents were losing her childhood home and would not be able to help her with her grad school tuition. She had also just had an upsetting medical problem requiring being rushed to the emergency room and she'd broken up with her boyfriend, Alex. Even so, two of her roommates, Sarah and Keven (the only one who knew the real reason for the medical emergency) could not believe Edie was suicidal. Still, life goes on and everyone has put the cause Edie's death in the past, including her unstable psychiatrist mother. But once Sarah and Lindsay have their lunch together 10 years later, Lindsay begins to dig into the past. She had idolized Edie at one time and she had idolized that time in her life. Since that time, despite success at her job and her two best friends, she knows she is stuck accepting the fleeting physical love of men, knowing she will never be good enough to even rate being a girlfriend. Her life and her mindset, in some ways, hasn't progressed much past her wild and loose ways of her early twenties. And she had so many black out drunken gaps in her memory that the past was scratching at her mind, waiting to be remembered even if through pictures, videos, and her friends' often conflicting memories. The story can seem to go on and on and on as the past is dissected, stories are compared, pictures and videos are picked apart, and Lindsay promises worried friends that she will drop her "investigation". But Lindsay's digging starts disturbing some people, known and unknown and the more Lindsey learns, the more likely she could be implicating herself in the death of Edie. I was interested in the story the entire time I was reading it although very few of the people seemed really likable to me except Tessa and Damien. Then Lindsey digs too deep, allows others to know just how deep she's dug, and all hell breaks loose, not once but twice. I was happy with how the book ended and despite the moment I considered correctly the person who may have harmed Edie, I quickly dismissed that person, so that made the ending even more interesting for me. Thank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC.
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  • Alanna
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 juicy drama mixed with the tantalizing roller-coaster plot of a page-turning whodunit. I’ll be reading this novel again!
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 manages to pull her back into their shared world 10 years after Edie has mysteriously died. I got to read an advanced manuscript of this book, and I'm still thinking back on it, weeks after reading. If you like books that both champion and question intense female friendships, this book is definitely for you.
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  • Emily Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Michele Hirsch
    January 1, 1970
    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. Can't 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. Can't say enough about how well the book captures a certain place and era. And the plot twists definitely kept me wondering! Really excited to read the final version.
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  • Abbi Libers
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to read it again when it's published!
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  • Erin Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 entertaining read!
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  • Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 stunned but how it ended and you will be too. I am thankful for NetGalley giving me an advanced copy of The Lost Night in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 typical "who did it" storyline and I unfortunately was hoping that the obvious wasn't true... but I found out who the killer was very early in. I still didn't understand why the killer did it so I hung out until the end.But, for one the writing was a bit much for me. I felt like the novel could have been shortened a bit and I found myself skimming/skipping paragraphs because it was some of the same storyline repeating itself. There was a particular scene where the guilty is giving it's reasoning of why etc and this went on for pages! Unfortunately, this could have been a very well in depth story but it lacked so much that a thriller should. Typical guilty party that was so obvious and not that many twists/turns.I also felt the characters were underdeveloped and too much on random dialogue that wasn't necessary to the story. I was hoping for characterization to become stronger but it didn't :(.Overall, 3 stars for The Lost Night.Huge thank you to Crown Publishing and Netgalley for the advanced arc in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date: 2/26/19Published to GR: 10/22/18
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  • Kris Waldherr
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 NIGHT was its philosophical ruminations on memory and loss, and the ways we rewrite the past in order to survive the present. But oh that ending! (Many thanks to the author and publisher for the advance reading copy.)
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Felicia Grossman
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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." The writing was excellent and the atmosphere and world building was so spot-on, especially that whole moment "The Lost Night," revolves around, being newly out of college thrust into both adulthood and the recession and the cultural moment of Brooklyn in 2009, is just perfectly drawn. And psychologically-the way female friendships wax and wane and intensify in scary and lovely ways, was so well captured. This is a great read and I'm so happy I got to read it as an ARC. I already have a whole list of people to recommend it to! I can't wait until it's released!
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  • Katherine Riley
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 into our most private and sometimes disturbing personal histories.
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  • Diane C.
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 revelation to me, but one that I was fully immersed in. Around the driving force of Lindsay's search for lost memories, Bartz gives a stunning array of encapsulated psychological studies, capturing elements of what is true for each of us, followed by the tangled web of interaction in relationship based on those individual dynamics. I was drawn into that web as I was drawn into finding my own way through relationships as a young adult. In the end, I was astounded at the unexpected twists. And yes, they were multiple. I was reminded of reading Poe as a child and Stephen King as an adult. The final pages of this book had me in a spell.
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  • Christie Grotheim
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Lindsey is strong, as she is still imperfect, still struggling, still searching, but learning more about herself as she delves into the lives of others. Well-paced and well-written, the book speaks to how the choices we make affect our future and how we continually fight to try to make better ones.
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  • Carl K
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 creativity, not murder (or is the death of Edie Iresdale, the core mystery of the book, a suicide?).90% of the story is told by Lindsay Bach, an unreliable narrator (mainly because she was prone to blackouts in her hard-partying days) who is actually VERY reliable at picking up on micro-aggressions, veiled meanings and Freudian slips in every conversation. And this really invites the reader to scrutinize who might have been motivated to kill Edie, the charismatic center of her 2009 circle of friends. These former friends are the ones Lindsay is seeking out 10 years after the fact. This book impressively manages to be about waaaay more than who-dunnit. I connected to a lot of Lindsay’s private fears and insecurities. I liked how everyone is a suspect, including Lindsay. And I liked how casually her interest in what happened on one tragic night a decade ago builds from a few dangling questions to a full-on obsession and paranoia. There is very little boring police procedural stuff here, lots of believable, clever and of-the-moment DIY gumshoeing - Lindsay could make some very helpful YouTube tutorials on how to solve a mystery if she wasn’t busy going out of her mind with all the dangling unknowns that are deliciously picked over during the course of the novel. Great curveballs and surprises throughout. I highly recommend.
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  • Janice Lombardo
    January 1, 1970
    After 10 years of no contact, Lindsay and Sarah get together. They reminisce about their friend, Edie, who had died from a gun shot to her head. Although it was ruled as a suicide, Sarah mentions that the wound was on the right side of Edie's head and that Edie was left-handed. Then they began to talk alibis. Sarah said that Lindsay was NOT at a concert that Lindsay KNEW she was at. The remainder of the story builds up on the possibility that Edie was, indeed, murdered. The sheer number of suspe After 10 years of no contact, Lindsay and Sarah get together. They reminisce about their friend, Edie, who had died from a gun shot to her head. Although it was ruled as a suicide, Sarah mentions that the wound was on the right side of Edie's head and that Edie was left-handed. Then they began to talk alibis. Sarah said that Lindsay was NOT at a concert that Lindsay KNEW she was at. The remainder of the story builds up on the possibility that Edie was, indeed, murdered. The sheer number of suspects and lack of firm clues keeps the reader guessing. (If not frequently changing their minds about what DID happen to Edie).The background mostly revolves around Lindsay, Edie, Alex, Kevin and Sarah. Lindsay begins to remember her past and her psychiatric problems. Could it HAVE been her that murdered Edie? Was it a suicide? Or?Read, read, read this one! It is GREAT - Highly recommend!!~!Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a chance to read this!
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book and couldn’t put it down! Absolutely inhaled it during my commutes to and from work for a few days in a row. Found myself eager to leave work in the evenings so I could keep reading. It reminded me of Gillian Flynn’s novels—dark, twisted, with complicated female characters.
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  • Tobyann Aparisi
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book on Goodreads for an honest review.The author writes with a style that I really enjoyed reading. The characters were very well defined and thought out. The scenery (gritty and almost loud) was written in a way that you could feel, see, and maybe even smell your surroundings. This story has a bit of everything in it, mystery, intrigue, that who-done-it feel. It often makes you wonder is this truly the rambling thoughts of a drunken haze or could it be an actual murder? Our main cha I won this book on Goodreads for an honest review.The author writes with a style that I really enjoyed reading. The characters were very well defined and thought out. The scenery (gritty and almost loud) was written in a way that you could feel, see, and maybe even smell your surroundings. This story has a bit of everything in it, mystery, intrigue, that who-done-it feel. It often makes you wonder is this truly the rambling thoughts of a drunken haze or could it be an actual murder? Our main character is written with a true sense that the author knew this person very well (or someone like them), she is easily able to describe the angst of thinking did I kill my friend?, and the mental anguish someone would go through trying to remember that particular night. There is a sense of thriller to this story as well. Is someone watching our main character and do they know what she knows? I was very pleased with the fullness and richness of this story and all of it's twists and turns. I liked how we got some insight into the other characters surrounding our main character and their involvement in this fateful night. This is a very satisfying read and will not leave you hanging, but will leave you wanting to read more from this author!! Very well done.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Calhoun Lofts in 2009 was packed with college students, drugs and drama. Edie is hands down the queen of building with her easy, laid-back style and beauty and the rest of the residents revolve around her like the sun. One such student is Lindsay, lacking in self-confidence, not as popular, and with a dark mental health history that she shares with no-one. Frequently a party location with an "open door" policy throughout, one night in August turns bleak when Edie is found dead in her apartment b Calhoun Lofts in 2009 was packed with college students, drugs and drama. Edie is hands down the queen of building with her easy, laid-back style and beauty and the rest of the residents revolve around her like the sun. One such student is Lindsay, lacking in self-confidence, not as popular, and with a dark mental health history that she shares with no-one. Frequently a party location with an "open door" policy throughout, one night in August turns bleak when Edie is found dead in her apartment by one of her friends, a brief suicide note typed on her laptop. Everyone is deeply impacted and stunned, as Edie's personality could fill a room and she frequently talked about the desire to live life fully and to experience all that she could. Lindsay is as impacted as the others of course, with hazy memories of that night due to excessive drinking. But years later, she runs into a couple of old housemates and it prompts thoughts of Edie and the memory that she used to film their antics. Dated technology now, she enlists the aid of her best friend Tessa, and a co-worker to help her to access her old film. As she continues her journey back in time she becomes increasingly convinced that the police got it wrong.....that it was not a suicide. So she sets out to find all the people she had in common with Edie to find the truth. A great story line and Lindsay's vulnerability throughout is real and edgy, her missing memories tantalizingly close. Will filling the gaps be a blessing, or a curse?
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    We all bring our own background and baggage to anything we read. Every book is filtered through countless sets of experiences. The best books manage to transcend the audience’s assumptions, delivering a story that is somehow both unique in its voice and universal in its message.Luckily, The Lost Night is one of the *very* best books. It’s a mystery, but it’s also a study of nostalgia and youth and the stupid, messy decisions that we all made back then—no matter how distant or how recent “back th We all bring our own background and baggage to anything we read. Every book is filtered through countless sets of experiences. The best books manage to transcend the audience’s assumptions, delivering a story that is somehow both unique in its voice and universal in its message.Luckily, The Lost Night is one of the *very* best books. It’s a mystery, but it’s also a study of nostalgia and youth and the stupid, messy decisions that we all made back then—no matter how distant or how recent “back then” might be for you. Bartz manages to see the foolishness and beauty of youth, and she understands that nostalgia tints our memories, like the carousel of filters on a soon-to-be-obsolete photo app.The Lost Night is a crime thriller written with a level of skill and an honesty in voice that sets it apart from the pack. Whatever your genre of choice, if you’re a fan of crisp, compelling stories, this is a debut novel you won’t want to miss.
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  • Megan Collins
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 were especially magnificent—I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I did NOT see the big reveal coming, and I thought the last few pages were SO beautiful and poignant. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Julie Langsdorf
    January 1, 1970
    The Lost Night reminded me of all the things I loved about Girl on the Train and Gone Girl: A mystery. An unreliable narrator. A crazy ride that starts out faster and keeps getting faster... Make sure you have time to sit down with this one because you won't want to get up until you reach the final pages. Bartz expertly transports the reader back and forth in time as the narrator tries to piece together the puzzle of her friend's death. A page turner you won't want to miss.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    In 2009, a group of Bushwick (gentrified hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn) twenty-something year olds's lives were changed forever when their best friend Edie committed suicide. Almost a decade later, the group has disbanded and all gone their own ways. Some moved out of the state, some got married, but one person in particular, Lindsay, has been stuck living in the past. After she reconciles with one of the other people in their clique and have dinner, Lindsay starts questioning Edie's death. W In 2009, a group of Bushwick (gentrified hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn) twenty-something year olds's lives were changed forever when their best friend Edie committed suicide. Almost a decade later, the group has disbanded and all gone their own ways. Some moved out of the state, some got married, but one person in particular, Lindsay, has been stuck living in the past. After she reconciles with one of the other people in their clique and have dinner, Lindsay starts questioning Edie's death. Was it really a suicide or has this been a conspiracy the entire time? The Lost Night deals with some heavy topics, including drugs, alcohol abuse, sex, and violence. None of the thematic elements in this novel should deter you because Andrea Bartz is able to weave these in the story in a respectful and honest way. While the story is a light mystery at best for those who are fluent in the genre, it does provide a good investigative narrative that may interest those testing the waters with mystery novels. I really can't speak about the story more than I already have, because it's best to go in blind. The Lost Night is a slow burning mystery, that will leave you grasping at straws to whodunnit until the very last page.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 agree with one of the characters when they question how Lyndsay even made it this far in life. I feel that this is going to be a divisive read amongst thriller lovers. It gives off a bad Lifetime movie type of feel (and these are guilty pleasures for me), highly predictable and full of selfish people. I think those who like the lighter side of thrillers or are new to the genre may appreciate this read.Sometimes it's just better to let the dead be dead. Searching into the past usually yields terrible results. Lessons learned here: always be kind to all your friends, do not take drugs, never dig into the past and for goodness sake, don't leave a loaded gun lying around.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    Review closer to release date (02/26/2019).
  • Karen Dukess
    January 1, 1970
    Hats off to Andrea Bartz for her dark, compelling and surprising novel. As someone who prides herself on her ability to guess the endings of movies and books (just ask my husband, for whom I've ruined more than a few movies), I did not predict the ending of The Lost Night. The tension is sustained throughout this novel which vividly captures the pretensions, strivings and anxieties of self-consciously hip twenty-somethings in Bushwick in post-financial crisis 2009. Ten years later, ostensibly ha Hats off to Andrea Bartz for her dark, compelling and surprising novel. As someone who prides herself on her ability to guess the endings of movies and books (just ask my husband, for whom I've ruined more than a few movies), I did not predict the ending of The Lost Night. The tension is sustained throughout this novel which vividly captures the pretensions, strivings and anxieties of self-consciously hip twenty-somethings in Bushwick in post-financial crisis 2009. Ten years later, ostensibly having moved on, the narrator makes a discovery that leads her to question the official version of her it-girl friend's suicide and the story she has told herself about what happened to lead her away from her so-called friends. Even knowing that a revelation is coming, this sharply written novel will keep you guessing.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting and gripping read with a great twist at the end! Kept me guessing (and page-turning) the entire book! Well written quick read - Definitely worth picking up!
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