Thursday, May 23, 2019

Review: The Night Before by Wendy Walker


Title: The Night Before
Author: Wendy Walker
Published: May 2019, St. Martin's Press
Format: ARC Paperback, 320 pages
Source: Publisher

Summary: 
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…



My thoughts: I have been a fan of Wendy Walker's books since first reading All is Not Forgotten. She has such a way of telling a story that just pulls you in. I was completely captivated with this story - a most basic premise that was turned upside down in only the way Wendy Walker can do!

I loved the way this story is told - we have two narrators and a few different time periods and it all comes together to not only hook you into this story, but to keep you guessing as to where it is all going. The story alternates between Laura's point of view from the night before, Laura from a few months ago, and Rosie's point of view the next day. I was engrossed in all three viewpoints and every time I thought I had worked out a clue, I was proved wrong - which is fine by me. I like when I am kept on my toes the entire time and believe me, this is one book that will absolutely keep you guessing until the very end!

I also loved the pace of this book. It moves fast. You can't help but flip through those pages, desperate to figure out what the heck is going on. I love books like that. This is one where you really don't want to put it down once you start it, so be forewarned! 

This book will have you questioning the characters and their motives. It will have you questioning who two sisters, who grew up in the same household, could be so different. It's a thrilling, addictive read that I highly recommend and I cannot wait to see what is next from this talented author!

 
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