The Night Before by Wendy Walker – ARC Review

The Night Before by Wendy Walker Bookstagram ARC Review.jpgSummary:

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…

Publication Date: 5/14/19

I received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.

Review: 4 Stars

The Night Before is a fast paced psychological thriller about a woman who goes missing after going on a first date. The story is told from several perspectives, jumping back and forth in a way that forces you to keep reading. One perspective follows Laura on her date and the other follows her sister who discovers that she is missing the next day. There are also flashbacks to Laura’s therapy sessions that happened months prior. It is really interesting to read a story that happens in such a short length of time and the alternating perspectives really intensify the suspense. The Night Before is a really suspenseful psychological thriller that I was unable to put down.

This book packed a powerful punch, and I think that’s because of the way it is written. Through dialogue and therapy sessions Laura comes to life, partially because she was so aware of her feelings and her issues. The therapy sessions where she was working through her issues really gave insight to who she was and made her easy to relate to. I could also relate to how she could feel intimate with a stranger so quickly when sharing dark secrets and vulnerabilities with them. The story felt like a game of cat and mouse between Laura and her date, but it wasn’t easy to tell who was toying with who. I couldn’t guess what would happen next and I NEEDED to know, the plot drove me to keep reading and find out.

The plot kept me on the edge of mys eat and I never saw the twists coming. The Night Before really kept me guessing and I had to know what happened, so I finished the book in less than a day. I really like the inclusion of therapy sessions and how Laura was trying to work through her issues with men and love because it added this psychological component to the book that made me second guess everything and everyone. I think this was a really well done psychological thriller because it was so suspenseful, but I also never knew what to believe.

I was pretty impressed with The Night Before. I don’t think I’ve ever read a full length novel where the whole story takes place in such a short period of time without the story getting boring. A lot of the suspense was built up in the dialogue of the story and the points of view switched at perfect times to keep you on the edge of your seat. The Night Before was hard to set down as the suspense that entered the book at the beginning only got more and more intense throughout the story. If you enjoy page turners or psychological thrillers you should give this book a chance.

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