“Full of secrets and deep pain, Gone Tonight is a story that will twist it’s way around your heart and soul, forcing questions you may not want answered.”

Catherine Sterling thinks she knows her mother. Ruth Sterling is quiet, hardworking, and lives for her daughter. All her life, it’s been just the two of them against the world. But now, Catherine is ready to spread her wings, move from home, and begin a new career. And Ruth Sterling will do anything to prevent that from happening.
Ruth Sterling thinks she knows her daughter. Catherine would never rebel, would never question anything about her mother’s past or background. But when Ruth’s desperate quest to keep her daughter by her side begins to reveal cracks in Ruth’s carefully-constructed world, both mother and daughter begin a dance of deception.

No one can know Ruth’s history. There is a reason why Ruth kept them moving every few years, and why she was ready–in a moment’s notice–to be gone in the night.

But danger is closing in. Is it coming from the outside, from Ruth’s past? Is Ruth reaching a breaking point? Or is the danger coming from the darkness that may live in Catherine, herself?

Propulsive, brilliant, layered, and provocative, GONE TONIGHT is a thriller that showcases Sarah Pekkanen at the top of her game.


I’ve yet to read a book from Sarah Pekkanen that I haven’t absolutely loved. 

Gone Tonight took me on a journey that I found unexpected. From the moment I started the first page, I knew I was in trouble and for a few reasons. One – I started it while in bed. Two – I’m working on a similar story (at least, when I started reading it, I thought it was similar). Three – I couldn’t just ‘read’ this story, it had me looking deep inside my own heart at my relationships – as a mother, as a daughter…and I didn’t always like what I saw.



Gone Tonight deals with family secrets – something dear to my own heart (as many of you know). The secrets grow, deepen, darken, and you’re taken on a journey you honestly don’t see coming – at least, I didn’t. 

Some people love to read thrillers and try to figure out what all the twists and turns are before they happen. I’m not like that. I enjoy a book as I read it, waiting patiently for the characters to reveal their secrets as I turn each page. 

I wasn’t disappointed with this story. There were twists I didn’t see coming. There were secrets I didn’t see being revealed. There were truths I had no idea were even there.

Do I recommend Sarah Pekkanen’s latest story…absolutely! 

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