Last Night (Just Last Night) by Mhairi McFarlane

Title/s (In Order):

#1: Last Night (Just Last Night)

Author: Mhairi McFarlane

Genre: Romance Novel, Contemporary Romance, Humorous Fiction, Domestic Fiction

Stand Alone/Series: Stand alone

Hardcopy/Kindle: Both, I have it on Kindle

Memorable Quotes: “We don’t know each other but we can’t make a worse mess than most people who do get to know each other first, right?”

Summary

Eve, Justin, Susie, and Ed have been friends since they were teenagers. Now in their thirties, the four are as close as ever, Thursday pub trivia night is sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe she should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed still thinks about it, too.

But then, in an instant, their lives are changed forever.

In the aftermath, Eve’s world is upended. As stunning secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if she really knew her friends as well as she thought. And when someone from the past comes back into her life, Eve’s future veers in a surprising new direction…

They say every love story starts with a single moment. What if it was just last night?

Review – Spoilers (Sort of) –

The more I reflect on this book, the more I flippin’ love it so much. This was such a phenomenal book, and if I am being truthful it took me by surprise. I had high expectations for this book, as I love Mhairi McFarlane and her work, but this was just – wow.

This book dips into so many topics that I am shocked at how well she pulled it all off. It covers grief, abuse (childhood triggers from this), manipulation to the point of emotional abuse, dementia – the list could go on. There were times where the book almost felt heavy, as if it were a weight on my chest to take on board as I followed along the characters paths. However, it was so wonderfully done that it was not a burden at all. It felt like a blessing being able to learn about each character’s journey, as it was so personal for them.

This brings you back to the ‘olden days’, back in the days where you had your group of friends and you were as close as ever. However, this takes you down the lane where you stay together and you don’t necessarily grow apart. It was, for Eve, the one thing that she felt she had done right in her life. 

The unexpected death of a friend, Susie, throws the course off for each character in this group, Eve, Ed and Justin (Sort of Hester, as well?). This tells the tale of the darker experiences, like struggling to come to terms with said loss and how you continue to live from it.

We have a character, Finlay, introduced who is Susie’s brother. They were not on good terms, and the book shows the process of when a loss in a broken family is experienced. It goes through those hardships, and here we find that childhood abuse, trauma and triggers from that journey are being explored. 

It dips into the implications from cheating. What I truly love about this, is that it reflects one of my beliefs so purely. The truth always comes out. No matter how long a lie has been carried, it will reveal itself in all good time. 

One of the interesting concepts of this book is about psychology. The broken want to heal the broken. The broken understand, and recognise, those alike to them. It assists looking at things from a different perspective, how the thoughts or words from another can hold you on a thread for years or even change your entire life direction.

I don’t want to reveal too much, as I truly believe this book is worth adventuring down on your own and taking what messages you can from it. It was such a valuable read.

Overall Verdict: Definitely add this to your reading list.

Rating: 4/5

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