From the ARC-ives | The Night Before by Wendy Walker

The Night Before by Wendy Walker
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction (Adult)
Publication Date: May 14th, 2019
eARC from Netgalley

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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When I read Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker a few years ago, I wasn’t wowed. But I thought I could be wowed by the author, so I didn’t ‘write’ her off. And am I glad I stuck around for this next release! (Though I’m reviewing it very late.) The Night Before is such an engrossing story. It was one I found impossible to put down, and with the combined narration of Saskia Maarleveld and Gabra Zackman, even more life was brought to this story.

Rosie might love her sister, Laura, but doesn’t have a high opinion of her. But that doesn’t matter. Family is family, and when Laura is in a tough spot, Rosie gives Laura a place to stay in an effort to help her get back on her feet. But after events of the past, she finds it hard to trust her sister, and when Laura disappears after a blind date, Rosie fears the worst. I liked both of the sisters here, and that’s a good thing, as this book is told from both of their points of view. Rosie is a dedicated wife and mother, and she wants what is best for everyone around her. Laura’s inner dialogue was so interesting. She feels like she can’t thrust herself, and her thoughts were just so gripping. There was tension between everyone in this book, and it seemed like no one knew who they could trust. There were a few major twists that I didn’t see coming, and when the truth was brought to light, I was so shocked. I loved how this delved into familial relationships and friendships, and how the past is never what it seems – even in your own mind.

Suffice it to say, I am so glad I picked this book up; it’s one of my favorite Thrillers I’ve read this year, and I could kick myself for not picking it up sooner. If you’re a fan of Wendy Walker and haven’t picked The Night Before up, what are you waiting for? Fan of a good thriller with twists and turns? This is for you, too. As for me, I’ll obviously be picking up her next book.

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    1. Yes, and it’s funny. Because I’m not usually one to give an author a second chance. For no other reason that there are so many authors out there I haven’t tried. I’m glad I gave Wendy Walker another go!

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