Memoir meets Thriller: Set against a 1969 psychedelic love-in backdrop, The Girl From Long Guyland is shared through the eyes of Laila Levin when decades later, an unsolved murder pulls her reluctantly into her past.
Laila enjoys a successful marriage and a thriving career in Austin, Texas. When her company announces a layoff, she is caught between an unscrupulous CEO and her promiscuous boss. Then news of her college roommate’s suicide stirs up an old love triangle and dark secret from her past.
Suddenly, it’s 1969 again and Laila’s left her sheltered Long Island home for college in Connecticut. She’s tempted by the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll that rule her generation and gets swept up in a deceptive love triangle and initiated into an unethical hippie family leading to tragedy.
Laila must now juggle the demands of her perplexed husband, her successful career, and her baby boomer past, endangering her survival and challenging her conscience. She learns that the lines between right and wrong are often blurred, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.
“In Reznik’s debut novel, a woman confronts long-buried secrets when an old college friend commits suicide. . . . While effective as a page-turner, the novel also tells a timeless, universal tale of a woman’s journey toward self-acceptance. An exciting tale of past crimes and dangerous friendships.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Laila Levin is an I.T. executive in Austin, TX, with a happy marriage and a successful career. But her life is about to get much more complicated. Laila is forced to confront a dark part of her past that she never shared with her husband. . . . Readers, particularly those who remember the late 1960's, will find this an entertaining read.”
★★★★★ “I love a mystery and I love stories about the late 60's/early 70's and this book has both! Really fun read."
—Barbara Gaines, Executive Producer, The Late Show with David Letterman
★★★★★ “GONE GIRL in the sixties.” —Amazon Reviewer
★★★★★ “It's one of those books that takes two different time periods in a women's life and as the story unfolds weaves them together gradually in a very clever way. Reznik uses a great technique going back and forth constantly building suspense along the way. … As someone who is selective about what I read, this book didn't disappoint. Great mystery and suspense. Add a star if you were a " flower child " from the sixties. — Les Goodstein, Former President and COO, New York Daily News
Laila Levin is an IT executive in Austin, Tex., with a happy marriage and a successful career. But her life is about to get much more complicated. First her company announces a series of layoffs and she is promoted because of her boss's affair with the CEO. One of her college friends commits suicide, and an investigator shows up at her house, asking questions about the disappearance of another college friend. Laila is forced to confront a dark part of her past that she never shared with her husband. Reznik spins an interesting albeit predictable tale. The strength of her novel is in capturing the sensibilities of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This makes up for the hiccups in dramatic tension during the book's contemporary sections. Readers particularly those who remember the late 1960s will find this an entertaining read.
The Girl from Long Guyland
Lara Reznik weaves a fascinating tale of stoned sixties college life and how stupid decisions made by naive youth impacts their lives for the next 40 years. I couldn’t put down the book. It kept me spellbound!
I started this book as an early evening read while I was to fall asleep. It’s now 3am as I write this. Couldn’t put it down!
A great tale of the 70s
Baby Boomers will take a ride back to the early 70’s with this psychological thriller. When news of a dark secret involving an old love triangle and an unsolved murder collides with protagonist Laila Levin’s current day life, it threatens to destroy her career and marriage. The author cleverly alternates chapters from 1970 and 2012. The characters, and the '70s era are well drawn, distinct and believable. Reznik's masterful dialogue and unique structure make this book a page turner I highly recommend.