Review: Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

This book did not fit any of my challenge prompts.

Blurb:

Two best friends.
One missed chance.
And a night that changes everything.
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…

Image via The Storygraph

What I liked:

I love Mhairi’s books, and I think this one is her best book yet. I loved this story of friendship, and especially as it was one that had been so long established. When you have a friendship that goes back decades, you see just how comfortable they are in each other’s company. You also get to enjoy some light teasing.

There are a lot of difficult topics in this book, but I felt they were all dealt with and portrayed fantastically and tactfully. With grief and bereavement at its core, this book is quite emotional, but it’s never overdone.

Something I really loved was the quiz team element. I’m a huge pub quiz fan, and this aspect of the friend’s lives was a highlight for me.

What I didn’t like:

There was very little I didn’t like about this. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ed and Hester, and spent a lot of the novel warily watching them.

Out of five

Four. In my opinion, Mhairi’s best book so far.

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