Book Review – The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Opinion:

Laura Lochner has recently fled NY. She has moved back to her hometown to live with her sister Rosie Ferro and her husband Joe. Laura’s reason for fleeing NY is not completely understood by her sister and family, but they have embraced her with open arms.

Dating has never been easy for Laura, but she decides to try her hand at online dating. Rosie is terrified something has happened to her sister when she does not return home from her date. Rosie now must dig into her sister’s life and put the puzzle pieces together in order to find her sister Laura.

Laura joins an online dating site and meets someone she is interested in (not too unusual).
Their first date is in a pub (smart – public place).
She thinks he is cute so he must be a nice guy (oh brother).
Within 30 seconds of meeting him he decides he wants to leave and she agrees (not smart).
She gets into his car, which is not the BMW he claimed to have (really bad idea).
Her spidey senses knew something was not right and yet she says nothing (UGH!).

This story alternates chapters between Laura – the night before and Rosie – present day. This is the perfect format for this book. Laura’s storyline is an eye-opening look into her life, both past and present day. Rosie’s storyline progresses the story along and fills in all the missing puzzle pieces until the whole puzzle has been revealed.

This story is chalked-full of secrets, mystery, and obsession. If you are a fan of psychological and mystery thrillers be sure to check this one out!

*Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Wendy Walker for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

This book will be released on 5/14/2019 (US & UK).
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