The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz
|The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz|
|Reviewer: Holly Lewtas|
|Summary: A shocking tale of one character trying to unravel the events of one fateful night. This novel will leave you astounded and questioning those closest to you.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 336||Date: March 2019|
|Publisher: Pisces Books|
|External links: Author's website|
Andrea Bartz's debut novel tells you the eerie story of Lindsay's attempts to find out what exactly happened the night her friend Edie committed suicide. Set 10 years after the tragic event, you follow Lindsay as she pieces together clues and gets in touch with people from her past whom she hasn't spoken to since Edie's death. Convinced it wasn’t suicide, everyone is a suspect to Lindsay, even herself, as she can’t remember the events of that night. Did she witness what happened to Edie? Or worse, did she play a part in it?
"The Lost Night" is split into five parts and each part ends with a big reveal that takes you closer to the truth and will leave you literally gasping. Not only this but each of the parts is opened with a chapter from a character other than Lindsay's perspective. Bartz designed this perfectly as you are able to learn things about those characters that Lindsay simply wouldn't have known. Each time you are left wondering if you are inside the mind of a killer. By only writing a few chapters in a different perspective it made them even more engrossing and you find yourself trying to pick apart what they are saying, looking for any hints that they were involved.
This novel is absolutely fascinating as you have an unreliable narrator who you simply cannot trust. This creates an interesting effect as you are reading because you prevent yourself from getting too attached to her, just in case she did harm Edie. Throughout the novel it is hinted at Lindsay having a violent past giving you all the more reason not to trust her. She no longer drinks because it causes her to be violent, which leaves you convinced that she must have been involved due to her presumably alcohol-induced memory loss. As other characters get frustrated with her playing detective you cannot help but sympathise with them. It is only towards the end of the novel that you get closer to Lindsay and hope that this novel leaves her happier than how it started. Lindsay is a damaged character whom you almost feel regret for not liking.
Bartz expertly crafted this novel, from the style of writing to the mapping out of different clues that lead to the big reveal at the end. The novel is so fast paced that not a single page felt unnecessary. Bartz presents you with an infinite number of potential paths to go down yet only one can be true.
It is rare to find a book that will leave you as shocked to the core as The Lost Night left me. Bartz has put herself forward as an incredible author of thrillers and each book read will lead to a new fan of her work. The novel was well ended, leaving you content that those characters don’t need to be revisited. Instead, you are left pining for a new set of characters and plot that only Bartz can provide you with.
If you enjoyed this book then you '"MUST'" read Friends and Liars by Kaela Coble which has a very similar storyline and will leave you equally as shocked.
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