Book Review: The Night Before by Wendy Walker @Wendy_Walker @StMartinsPress @NetGalley #TheNightBefore #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #partner #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: May 14th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, for the eARC copy of this book via NetGalley to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

First dates can be murder.

Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before “takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go” as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.

Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…

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MY REVIEW:

Gripping, thrilling, dark, and suspenseful! This book will have you biting your nails and sitting on the very edge of your seat as you are gripping the book in your hands, wondering what will happen next. Laura goes on a date with a man she met over the internet. Her sister Rosie knows little about this man, and where they are going on this date, so when Laura is still not home the next morning Rosie begins to worry. Did something possibly go wrong during the date? Could Laura’s date have hurt Laura? Could Laura have hurt him? Given Laura’s past, Rosie is worried and begins the frantic search to find her sister to return her to safety. She just prays she isn’t too late.

Laura has a dark past. She is well known in her town she grew up in and most know of her dark past, so Laura changes her last name to help her remain anonymous. What happened in Laura’s past that was so awful she would try to hide who she was?

The story is told from different timelines. The novel starts off with Laura talking to counsellor Dr. Brody and as part of their discussion he asks her to recall memories. Then we have alternating perspectives of both Rosie and Laura – Rosie while searching for her sister Laura, and Laura the night before while on her date. I enjoyed the various POV’s as we get pieces at a time of the night before and slowly learned what truly happened. It leaves you wanting more, and I found myself on the edge of my seat as one piece of the puzzle was delivered at a time. I was curious to find out what truly happened and wondered if something sinister had happened on the date of if Rosie was overreacting. Is someone out to get Laura? It leaves you wondering – who can you trust? Can you trust a random man you met on the internet? Can you trust the ones you know and love?

I don’t want to give away too much of the book, but what a fabulous read from beginning to end. Thanks for reading my review and I hope you enjoy the book!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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