Let me start off by saying: what a ride!
I started reading A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride and my immediate thought was: this is going to be another story about three spoiled teenage girls out for a night. Whoa! Was I wrong!
Hadley, Mia, and Brooklyn are best friends who visit the spot near where their other best friend, Penny, died exactly a year earlier. In order to make this short trip, Hadley has “borrowed” the car belonging to her boyfriend, Ben. He is beyond upset and posts a mostly naked picture of her on Facebook, a picture that she doesn’t remember posing for. Hadley decides that Ben needs to pay when he refuses to take the picture down until she returns the car. She takes a quick excursion to clear her mind and think and runs into Josh, the boy who is persona non grata since he was responsible for Penny’s death.
From here, two parallel stories develop much like the movie Sliding Doors. In both, Ben’s reaction to Hadley borrowing his car points to something much more than just his car going missing and it quickly becomes obvious that Hadley and Josh are in physical danger from Ben and his cohort Roller.
I read A Million Times Goodnight in an afternoon, constantly turning pages (or swishing my finger on the tablet, if you like) to find out what was going to happen. The novel was fast-paced and pretty relentless leading to two possible conclusions and then a culmination. I found myself almost wanting to skip across words just so I could find out what was going to happen–but I did manage to control myself and read each word.
I thought the characterization was well done, with Hadley, Josh, and Mia resonating a bit more than the other characters. Hadley and Josh epitomized what can happen to people when a tragic event intercedes.
The ending might have been a tad melodramatic in retrospect, but I was so caught up in the action and expected something to happen that I didn’t mind and probably still don’t.
This is classified as YA romance and mystery.
I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: A Million Times Goodnight
rating: (4 butterflies and a ladybug)