The Night Before by Wendy Walker

The Night Before

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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Available Tomorrow – May 14, 2019!

The Night Before starts off innocently – Laura goes out on a date and doesn’t return home the next morning. Then we learn that Laura has had her fair share of not so great guys and has ended up in some unfortunate situations.

I liked the way that the novel was structured. The novel alternated between Laura’s night out and Rosie the next day trying to piece together what happened. There was also some conversations from months ago between Laura and her therapist spread out throughout the novel.

Now to the parts that I didn’t like. To me, Laura wasn’t all that likable. As the reader, you are on the date with her, and seeing how much she is questioning her date. Hey, maybe if this guy is lying to you and you are getting a weird vibe, maybe you shouldn’t get into his car when your phone is dead. Just a thought.

I also figured out a lot of twists beforehand and it took away from my enjoyable of the novel.  I’m torn on how I feel about the ending. There was parts that I liked (lots of twists) and there was parts that I didn’t like (too far fetched).

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Overall, it was an average thriller. It was a quick read with lots of twists, but I think I will forget about it by the end of the year.

Thank you to Netgallery and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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