'Tightly paced and skillfully plotted, The Lost Night is a remarkable debut.' Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive
'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
What really happened the night Edie died? Years later, her best friend Lindsay will learn how unprepared she is for the truth.
In 2009, Edie had New York's social world in her thrall. Mercurial and beguiling, she was the shining star of a group of recent graduates living in a Brooklyn loft and treating New York like their playground. When Edie's body was found near a suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. Grief, shock, and resentment scattered the group and brought the era to an abrupt end.
A decade later, Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of Calhoun Lofts. She has devoted best friends, a cozy apartment, and a thriving career as a magazine's head fact-checker. But when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered-and, worse, if she herself was involved. As she rifles through those months in 2009-combing through case files, old technology, and her fractured memories-Lindsay is forced to confront the demons of her own violent history to bring the truth to light.
It's 2009, at the height of the recession, and Lindsay Bach, the narrator of Bartz's accomplished debut, and her friends hang out in the hipster haven of the Calhoun Lofts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, living in a haze of concerts, alcohol, and drugs. Late one August night, Edie Iredale, the attention-seeking leader of the group and Lindsay's best friend, is found dead with a gun in her right hand and a short suicide note open on her computer. Ten years later, Lindsay accepts Edie's suicide as a devastating part of her past, but when she reconnects with some of her old friends, she discovers that her memory of that fatal night is mysteriously missing. Lindsay begins calling everyone who was at Calhoun that night, digging through old email chains, stalking Facebook accounts, and watching camcorder videos, but what she finds doesn't bode well for her. As the story hurtles toward its dramatic conclusion, Lindsay realizes she can't trust anyone, especially not herself. Fans of psychological thrillers will want to see more from this talented newcomer. Author tour.