ARC Review: Last Night

Eve, Justin, Susie and Ed have been friends since they were eighteen. Now in their 30s, the four are still as close as ever, Thursday pub quiz night is still sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed.

Maybe Eve should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed sometimes thinks about it too.

Then one night, in an instant, all their lives change forever. And, as Eve learns she didn’t know her friends as well as she thought, she also discovers she isn’t the only person keeping secrets…

Title: Last Night
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Contemporary
Age Range: Adult
Trigger Warnings: Death, Car accident, Child abuse, Emotional abuse, Infidelity, Toxic relationship, Medical content, Dementia, Grief
Rating: ★★★★★

Last Night is the first book I read of McFarlane’s, but it most certainly won’t be the last! I absolutely fell in love with this story and the narration of our main character, Eve. I love how much I related, since I am closer to her age and also still a goth at heart. Going into this, I did expect a fun contemporary romance, and while there is romance and funny moments, this is definitely more on the serious side since it does deal with a lot of grief. As I said, there were light moments and I believe it balanced it out beautifully. I loved the romance and was very pleased with the direction it went.

I liked learning about her friend group and all the dynamics. It is wild how much friend groups can shift once feelings are involved. With relatable characters and development, this easily became one of my favourite contemporaries and I plan to work down the Mhairi McFarlane backlist. I also just have to mention that I am a HUGE Twin Peaks fan and loved the references all throughout the novel!

Since there is a major spoiler in the first half, I can’t go into much detail, but please pick this up and message me to talk about it! I am obsessed with a certain brother..

Thank you to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley for the arc! This title was released April 1, 2021.

Find Last Night: Goodreads | Storygraph
Buy Last Night: (UK) Waterstones | Bookshop.org | Amazon UK // (INTL) Book Depository

Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.

After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success. She’s now written four books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.

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