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Lost Night: A Novel Hardcover – 26 Feb 2019
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE LOST NIGHT"Andrea Bartz casts a nostalgic, misty haze over this story about a meticulous-minded woman playing detective with her own life. If you've ever woken up unsure of what happened the night before and then proceeded to do it again...oh my, this is your book."--Caroline Kepnes, author of You and Providence "A compulsively readable journey into the dark corners of memory. Bartz has crafted a terrifying and delicious narrative in the vein of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins."--Jo Piazza, bestselling coauthor of The Knockoff "Exciting, gripping, disquieting--The Lost Night is more than a thriller. It's a magnificent examination of the dark corners of our souls. Andrea Bartz has written this season's must-read novel."--Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder "This suspenseful, twisty thriller is the perfect book if you're in the midst of your invincible twenties, or if you've ever looked back on that ephemeral time in your life and thought, how in the world did I live to tell the tale?"--Camille Perri, author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy "If The Girl on the Train had been a Brooklyn party kid, she'd feel right at home in The Lost Night A juicy thriller wrapped up in a vivid nostalgia trip."--Janelle Brown, bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear
"I loved this very cool thriller that puts you bang in the middle of New York's hippest crowd. The damaged narrator will keep you second-guessing all the way. I read it in two days!" --CJ Tudor, author of The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place
About the Author
ANDREA BARTZ is a Brooklyn-based journalist and coauthor of the blog-turned-book Stuff Hipsters Hate (Ulysses Press, 2010), which The New Yorker called "depressingly astute." Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Elle, and many other outlets, and she's held editorial positions at Glamour, Psychology Today, and Self, among other titles.
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Also, with respect to the time in which it’s set (2009), I haven’t read any modern fiction looking back at hipster brooklyn in the aughts, which is a rather specific subculture and time period (during the thick of the recession). It feels like just enough time has passed, and there’s been just enough change with technology and politics, that the flashbacks feel almost like a period piece. Smartphones did not yet control life. And starting to reflect on the 2000s feels suddenly fresh.
What begins as a promising story quickly devolves into an overly complicated and long winded mystery. Chapters of who-shot-John are narrated by Lindsey and Edie’s roommates at Calhoun Towers, which sounds like a new college graduate’s Animal House. As an aside, I was curious about these dorm-cum-apartment buildings. A Google search turned up a two-building complex in Bushwick, where Edie’s death occurred in the book. Relatively low rent must compensate for graffiti-filled cement walls, dank staircases and tiny rooms. Is it any wonder that Edie might have been depressed?
I found little to like about THE LOST NIGHT. The characters are flat and annoying, and the ending is predictable. I wonder where the editor was. Almost immediately, I noted the overuse of the colon to separate sentences. The writing quickly becomes choppy. The book is far too long, and the story is burdened by unnecessary complexity. Ancillary characters, who have little relevance, are introduced. The story is stale and reminiscent of many bad Lifetime movies. In defense of Lifetime movies, however, they end in two hours. This is a writer who needs a new editor.