"I'm a huge fan of Sarah Pekkanen's books, and GONE TONIGHT is her best yet." —Colleen Hoover
"Jaw-dropping. Layered. Triumphant.” - The New York Times
When Ruth Sterling was a teenager, she slipped away one night, desperate to escape an abusive home and a troubling boyfriend. Pregnant, alone, and prepared to do anything to survive, she eventually makes a life for herself—and soon, for her newborn daughter Catherine. For more than twenty years, Ruth has lived quietly and has provided for her daughter. But she is always ready to run at a moment’s notice, and never allows either of them to put down roots too deeply. Now, Catherine is grown and craves a life for herself. This is something her mother will do anything to prevent—but for what reasons? It has always been just the two of them against the world. But how well do they really know each other? When Ruth’s deeply held quest to keep Catherine by her side reveals cracks in her carefully constructed world, both mother and daughter begin a dance of deception. They both have secrets. But which one of them carries the real darkness inside?
Propulsive, brilliantly layered, and a true shocker, Gone Tonight is an emotionally thrilling powerhouse of a novel about the things we do for love, and what we’re capable of when pushed to the limit.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A mother and daughter’s secrets could prove fatal in this gripping thriller. Ruth Sterling and her daughter, Catherine, have always been close. Ruth, a hardworking waitress, and Catherine, an up-and-coming nurse, are all each other has ever had. But as Catherine prepares to leave Ruth for an exciting new job, she realizes that her mother is undermining her decision, and her search for the reason why leaves her questioning everything she thinks she knows about her—putting them both in danger. This fascinating, twisty story is unraveled with a deft hand by author Sarah Pekkanen, and we read with breathless anticipation as Ruth and Catherine circle each other, getting closer to the truth and to the inevitable showdown that will come with it. Gone Tonight is a satisfying pageturner about the necessary and unnecessary lies we tell each other.