The Night Before by Wendy Walker
Published by St. Martin’s Press on May 14, 2019 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 320
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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…
After having read and really enjoyed Wendy Walker’s previous book, Emma in the Night, I was excited to discover she was coming out with a new book. So much so that The Night Before became one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. And I’m happy to report that it lived up to all of my expectations!
This is the story of two sisters, Rosie and Laura, who couldn’t be more different. Laura disappears after going on a blind date and as Rosie begins to search for her, her fears and doubts begin to surface. It’s told through their alternating perspectives from the night Laura went on her date and the days following, interspersed with conversations between Laura and Dr. Brody from a few months prior. The shifting perspectives and timelines is well executed and effective in how it allows the plot twists to emerge, making for a read that leaves you on the edge of your seat.
One of the things I enjoy most about Walker’s writing is the characters she creates. She has a way of getting into their minds to bring out nuances that bring them to life. The characters within these pages were interesting and complex and fascinating to follow. In fact, I was so sucked into a few of their mindsets that it wasn’t until the very end that I realized just how expertly the author wove the story to lead the reader right where she wants you to be.
Ultimately, The Night Before ticked a majority of the boxes that a psychological thriller needs to be utterly gripping. I, for one, can’t wait to see what Wendy Walker does next! Definitely recommended.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.