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Book Club Questions for Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

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Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is a thriller about a friend going missing during a girls’ weekend getaway to Mexico. The follow book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the novel yet, read my preview and review first.

Let me first say, this is the girls’ weekend from hell. What starts out as an innocent idea, friends trying to reconnect, ends up becoming a nightmare. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Laure try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

Let’s get into the book club questions.

  • The story is told from Ashley, Natalie and Lauren’s perspectives and it goes back and forth in time. It starts with Natalie waking up alone on the beach and then it goes back a couple of days to when the trip began. What did you think of this storytelling style?
  • At the start of the novel, what did you think happened to Ashley? Did you keep the same opinion throughout the story or did it change?
  • Did you suspect Natalie or Lauren (or even both) had something to do with her disappearance? Why or why not?
  • These women have been close for many years, yet, they still hurt each other and say things that can’t be taken back. Do you feel this was an accurate representation of some types of friendship? Why or why not?
  • Which character did you identify the most with? What about the least?
  • After Lauren’s husband passes away, she blames Ashley, which is shocking. We slowly learn that Lauren’s husband was abusive and when Ashley found out, she pushed Lauren to leave him. When she tries to, he gets a heartache and dies. Why do you think Lauren kept thinking throughout the novel that Ashley was to blame? Why was it easier for her to blame Ashley over her husband when it comes to his abusive behavior?
  • Natalie seems easygoing until she finds out her husband has lost all their money on bad investments. He then pushes her to have Ashley agree to sell the company so they can get the much needed cash. Why couldn’t Natalie tell Ashley the truth?
  • Everyone seems angry with Ashley at one point. Do you think Ashley was selfish and self-involved or do you think she was misunderstood?
  • Why was Ashley so drawn to Marco?
  • Were you surprised when Ashley was found dead?
  • The story has an interesting ending. Natalie believes she pushed Ashley in a drunken, drug rage. Yet, we get Ashley’s perspective right before she dies and it sounded like she made the decision to jump. What do you think really happened?

Book club must-haves

While this story is a girls’ trip to Mexico that goes bad, the setting of Tulum is so vivid. This is a perfect opportunity to throw a Mexican-theme book club meeting!

Check out this super cute cacti-themed banner.

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These fiesta toothpicks are cute too.

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There must be margaritas at this Mexican-themed event! Check out these plastic margarita glasses.

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Don’t forget these cute straws to go with the drinks!

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Next on my TBR (to be read) list

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis next on my list. Check out my preview here.

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