Sunday, August 6, 2023

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One night. That's all the time a family has to decide what to do with the man they believe murdered their daughter: Do they forgive him, or take justice into their own hands? An electrifying novel by the author of Nanny Needed. . .

The anonymous letters arrive in the mail, one by one: To find out what really happened to Meghan, meet at this location. Don't tell anyone you're coming. In one night, you'll find out everything you need to know.

Ten years after her murder, the letters tell Meghan's family exactly when and where to meet: a cliffside home on the Oregon coast. But on the night they're promised answers, the convicted killer--her high school boyfriend, Cal, who spent only ten years in prison for murder--is found unconscious in his car, slammed into a light pole near the house where the family is sitting and waiting. Is he the one who invited them to gather?

As a storm rampages along the Pacific Northwest, the power cuts off and leaves the family with no chance of returning to the main road and finding help. So they drag Cal back to the house for the remainder of the night. How easy it would be to let him die and claim it was an accident. Or do they help him instead? As the hours tick by, it becomes an excruciating choice. Half of the family wants to kill him. The other half wants him to regain consciousness so he can tell them what he knows.

But if Cal wakes up, he might reveal that someone in the family knows more than they're letting on. And if that's the case, who is the real killer? And are they already in the house?

The Sexy Nerd's Review. . .
There’s something very alluring when you read stories about a group of people in that “I Know What You Did Last Summer” type of vibe. Many years ago, a young teenager’s life was cut short based off other’s misfortunes. Meghan was the eldest sister of her siblings. She was the one Alice and Samantha looked up to. It was time for homecoming and Meghan’s mother, Maureen, was in the throws of making her gown for such an epic night in a young teen’s life. Meghan wanted her sister, Alice, to attend with her. Alice was the type of girl who was a bit shy and withdrawn, but Alice loved her sister so much, she was willing to do what she could to make her happy. Sam often took a backseat and observed her sisters from the sideline.

Meghan and Alice attend the homecoming and meet up with their friends. One person in particular, Cal, Meghan’s boyfriend, was there trying to have a conversation with her. Cal was trying to figure out why Meghan was breaking up with him. Unbeknownst to him, Meghan’s mom didn’t want her dating Cal because she felt she could do so much better.

None of them could have foreseen what was about to happen that fateful night. Meghan would never come home again and would forever remain seventeen and unfinished. It’s now present day, and Maureen, Paul, Meghan’s parents, Alice and Sam received letters to meet up at a cliffside home on the Oregon coast. When they arrive, they find place cards on the table and one name that stuck out like a sore thumb—Cal. The man who killed Meghan ten years earlier. What in the world is going on here? Paul’s best friend, Geoff, also received an invitation. When everyone finally meets at the cliffside home, during a very violent storm, let’s just say there was a storm brewing within the walls from the occupants inside. The truth not only hurts sometimes, but it can be deadly.

What I like about Cross is her attention to detail, although I could have done away with the amount of the storm. There were times I felt it was too much because I just wanted to stay with what was going on with the characters.  Overall, I felt this was a decent story, but I didn't find it as exciting as some of Cross's other bodies of work.  But, having said that, this story was juicy enough to keep the reader tapping their eReader or turning the pages.

The Sexy Nerd gives One Night four extra nights.  This is one of those books to curl up with, especially on a stormy night and sit back and sink your eyes into.  One Night is out now at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold.  Until next time, Nerds, you know what to do!

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