—Winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Anthony Award for Best Debut Novel, and the Macavity Award for Best Debut Novel.
—Finalist for the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Virginia Library Literary Awards
“One Night Gone‘s strength lies in its all-pervading sense of precariousness: Everything is fragile, unstable and under threat. It makes for a subtly but relentlessly unsettling book.”
–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 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 later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all…
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More praise for ONE NIGHT GONE
“An evocative and beautifully crafted tale of suspense… Laskowski is off to a fine start.” —Publisher’s Weekly STARRED review
“A heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel of betrayal and revenge. A stunning debut!” –CAROL GOODMAN, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of The Night Visitors
“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 the wealthy, still haunged by the disappearance of a teenage girl thirty years ago.” –HALLIE EPHRON, New York Times bestselling author of Careful What You Wish For
“Absolutely gripping. This multi-layered and gorgeously structured tale of betrayal, murder, and redemption will haunt you long after the book is over. The talented Tara Laskowski , with her confident hand, beautifully drawn characters and unique style, is sure to be a major voice in crime fiction.” —HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, nationally bestselling and award-winning author of Trust Me
“Laskowski is a truly gifted storyteller with that ‘X-factor’ you look for — but rarely find — in a debut author. Spectacular.” — JENNIFER HILLIER, author of Jar of Hearts
“A timely and timeless mystery that will keep you obsessively reading well past your bedtime.” —PAUL TREMBLAY, author of The Cabin at the End of the World
“One Night Gone is the type of book that demands to be read in as few sittings as possible.” —KRISTOPHER ZGORSKI, BOLO Books