Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen

Published: August 1, 2023

St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Women’s Psychological Fiction

Pages: 337

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Sarah Pekkanen is a #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of four novels. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages. In her free time, Sarah is a dedicated volunteer for rescue animals and serves as Ambassador for RRSA India, working hands-on to vaccinate and heal street dogs in Anand, India. She also volunteers weekly for a horse rescue group in Maryland, mucking stalls and helping mistreated horses heal. Sarah lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with her family.

Catherine Sterling thinks she knows her mother. Ruth Sterling is quiet, hardworking, and lives for her daughter. All her life, it’s been just the two of them against the world. But now, Catherine is ready to spread her wings, move from home, and begin a new career. And Ruth Sterling will do anything to prevent that from happening.

Ruth Sterling thinks she knows her daughter. Catherine would never rebel, would never question anything about her mother’s past or background. But when Ruth’s desperate quest to keep her daughter by her side begins to reveal cracks in Ruth’s carefully-constructed world, both mother and daughter begin a dance of deception.

“I needed to do whatever it took to break the pattern.”

Catherine is weeks away from moving to start her dream job. She is looking forward to going out into the world until she starts noticing little things. Like her mom putting eggs in the cupboard and misplacing her keys, and forgetting phrases. Now, she has to figure out what’s wrong and try to find the truth.

HOLY BANANA BREAD. When I started this book, I thought it was going in a completely different direction, and I was mentally preparing myself for a story that would break my heart.

Boy, was I wrong. Sarah weaves such a devious and twisted plot, and I appreciate how many little details she puts into the building of the scenes and characters, things that are easy to read and move on. Until they come crashing back at 200 miles per hour.

I liked Catherine. She was intelligent, compassionate, trusting, and kind. She was dedicated to her mom and looked forward to moving into adulthood.

Ruth was such a solid character. I liked her storytelling and how she would stop at nothing to give her daughter the best life possible. There was an underlying sadness in Ruth but also a palpable ferocity.

The twists in this book left my jaw on the floor. I could not have predicted the turns this Tory took. Each more dastardly than the last. This was such an engaging and intense story.

I was on the edge of my seat, speed-reading for my life through the last half of this novel. I could not put it down, and I also did not want to finish. The book hangover is real!

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