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Review: The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Summary from Goodreads:

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…


I’ve been meaning to read Wendy Walker for years. I own three of her books and finally picked up The Night Before.

I found the plot intriguing and it kept me hooked until the end. It was similar to other thrillers but I think Walker did enough to separate it from them. It was not predictable.

The only aspect I did not care for was the constantly sifting points of view. I would have liked it more if the novel was told from one point of time or one character.

I found the big twist interesting and I enjoyed the fact that I was not able to guess it. I will be checking out my other Wendy Walker novels soon!

I recommend checking out this well-crafted thriller. It was a good read!


4/5 Stars


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