Blog Tour Review, The Night Out

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The Night Out
Wendy Clarke

354 pages
published June 8, 2023

Amazon | US Audio | UK Audio | Goodreads

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About the book

Sean pulls me to him, and we both laugh happily, as we stroll home from our favourite wine bar. It’s our first evening out since our baby girl was born. I’ve only thought about Kitty a couple of times, wondering if she’s settled without my goodnight kiss. But our perfect night is shattered when I see the police car and the two officers on the front steps of our home…

Someone has reported our sweet baby missing.

When I rush inside the house and mercifully find our little girl tucked up inside her crib, you’ll think that’s the end of the story.

And when Sean says a prayer of thanks, the police close the case and I hold Kitty in a tight embrace, you’ll feel grateful it was all one big mistake.

But you’ll be wrong.

You don’t know what I did fifteen years ago, the lies I’ve told or the reason I desperately want the police out of my house. I’m sure the person who reported Kitty missing knows everything about my past…

You don’t know how much danger I’m in. Or how far I’ll go to keep my family safe…

Utterly captivating and gripping until the final page, The Night Out is perfect for fans of The Family Upstairs, The Housemaid and The Marriage.

My Review

You know there is always a twist that you just don’t see coming.  Weirdly, I thought this twist at one moment, but that is because I was confusing this with a different book, not because I would have guessed it.  I had so many guesses running through my mind and alas none were right (when you factor in the correct details of the story).

Such an easy to read book.  I didn’t get really invested until about halfway, but at that point I did not want to put it down.  I really like reading these books where I can tax my brain to come up with 100 wacky theories and then have none of them be true.  There are dual timelines and multiple narrators.  I really liked Sean, knew enough not to like Alex and waffled a bit on Megan and Elise.  Not liking characters is not a deal breaker for me.  I just need to be invested and want to know more.  There were a couple of things I was very interested in knowing but will keep quiet on as to not spoil any part of the plot.

I like the little discoveries along the way as a complicated plot unlayers itself almost as much as I love a big twist I did not see coming.  This had both.  The complicated story that the details came out here and there along with the epic twist, which the author is know for.

If you are a fan of domestic suspense stories where everything is not what it seems, then this one is for you.

Author Bio:

Wendy Clarke was a teacher until the small primary school where she worked closed down. Now she is a writer of psychological suspense but is also well known for her short stories and serials which regularly appear in national women’s magazines.

Wendy has two children and three step-children and lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex. When not writing, she is usually indulging in her passion for dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

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