The Blonde Bookworm: The Night Before by Wendy Walker -- Review

The Night Before by Wendy Walker -- Review

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Title: The Night Before 
Author: Wendy Walker 
Pages: 320
Publishing: May 14th 2019 by St. Martin's Press


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…


This was definitely an interesting read and not exactly what I was expecting! The whole time I was really questioning Laura because she and Rosie had such different personalities and I found her to be a bit of an unreliable narrator. But that ending... I kind of saw it coming but then again... I don't know if I did. I was caught off guard for sure, but maybe not so surprised? Does that make sense? The story was interesting although I think it was a little basic and I don't know that it will be that memorable. 

The Night Before was an entertaining read that kept me hooked while reading, but I don't know if it one that I will continue to think about. I would recommend it as a fun and light suspense novel - perfect for a weekend summer read, but I don't think it is one that would be at the top of my must read list. It was definitely entertaining and fun though so check it out! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5


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