Book Review: The Night Before by Wendy Walker

May 16, 2019 Book review 1 ★★★★

The Night Before by Wendy Walker grabbed my attention with it’s twisty blurb. Plus I adore books about sisters and troubled pasts, so I knew it was my kind of book. And I was right.

Thanks to Orion for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: The Night Before by Wendy WalkerThe Night Before by Wendy Walker
Published by Orion on May 16, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Publisher
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four-stars

Rosie Ferro and Laura Heart are sisters, but as different as it is possible to be. One is lucky in love and has a conventional family: a husband, and a small son. The other has a troubled past she is still struggling to break free from.

When Laura disappears after going on a date with a stranger she met online, Rosie, her protector since they were young, springs into action to look for her. But as she slowly uncovers more about the situation, Rosie begins to fear that her sister might have been more of a danger than the man she went out with.

Told in duel timelines - the night of and the night before, Wendy Walker's new novel is a riveting examination of family loyalty, obsession, and how just how far we will go for love.

ARC REVIEW CRIME Mystery Page-Turner suspense

First Line

Laura: I don’t know if this is a good idea.

My thoughts on The Night Before by Wendy Walker

This thriller really ticked a lot of boxes for me. I loved the main character, Laura, and how she over questioned everything. The plot revolves around a woman who goes out on a first date after meeting a man online. And then fails to come home. Her sister, Rosie, immediately gets worried, but the kicker is that even though she is fretting about Laura, she is also worried about the safety of the guy her sister was meeting. I loved that extra little twist, as it kept me guessing as to what went on in the past.

The pace is very snappy, and I read the book in a single day, as I just wanted to understand all the threads. Laura fascinated me with her skills for seeing through everything and everyone. However she doubts so much, that it becomes a curse in her life, as she mistrusts her own analysis. 

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The story flashes between Laura the night before, Laura a few months ago, and Rosie the next day. All of which kept me hooked, and I enjoyed all points of view equally. I thought just enough information was dropped, to help me form a hunch. But then I was kept guessing and double guessing which I thoroughly appreciated. Ultimately I guessed correctly, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all.

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read The Night Before by Wendy Walker

I’d recommend this to you if you like fast-paced books with complex characters. Fans of authors such as Liz Nugent, Lucy Dawson and Samantha Downing might also enjoy.

About Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker is a former attorney and investment banker in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. Her debut thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller, published in over 23 languages. Emma In The Night was published the following year and her next thriller, The Night Before, was just released and is on sale now!

four-stars

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