Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands.
But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets, or is the night before her last night alive?
Told in dual timelines—the night before and the day after—The Night Before is a riveting thriller about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control.
About: The Night Before is a mystery thriller written by Wendy Walker. It will be published on 5/14/2019 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 320 pages. The genres are fiction, mystery, and thriller. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Night Before on 4/30/2019 and finished it on 5/3/2019. This book is a fantastic read! I enjoyed the dual perspectives and the timeline leading up to the big reveal. There were suspense every step of the way. I like the touch on online dating and googling the other person for social media presences. There were many twists I didn’t see coming and they were all good. The focus on family, lies, and childhood friendships were interesting.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Laura, 28 as she prepares to go out on a date with Jonathan whom she met through an online dating website. Laura came back to live with her sister after being away for a decade. She has trouble with finding the right guy. Laura’s view is focused on the night before the date and during the date. The alternative point of view told in third person is Rosie, 30, sister with a loving husband (childhood friend) and son. Rosie’s view is of the day after the date. Rosie is protective of Laura because she knew of Laura’s past. This book also has Laura’s sessions with her doctor starting from four months ago when she still lives in New York and it gives more backgrounds to Laura’s struggles.
The Night Before is very well written and a fast paced read! This thriller is an easy read and I was hooked right from the start. It’s not too gruesome which I normally prefer to stay away from. I like Laura’s analysis of a stranger as she gets to know him and keeps track of whether he’s lying. I don’t know how she can go on the whole night and day with just alcohol in her stomach and not passed out. I like Rosie’s view, especially when she connects about herself having children to how her parents treat her and her sister when they were kids. I don’t get how if Laura thinks her past is her darkest secrets then why would she shares it so willingly to Jonathan. Overall, this book is still an enjoyable read and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, suspense, sisters, online dating, childhood friendship,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Wendy Walker has worked as an attorney specializing in family law. Her novels include Emma in the Night and All is Not Forgotten. She lives in Connecticut, where she is at work on her next novel. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.