Book Review: ‘The Night Before’ Is The Next Thrilling Wendy Walker Novel

Wendy Walker is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. Her first two novels Emma In The Night and All Is Not Forgotten were great. And now she’s back with her latest novel The Night Before.

The main question of the novel is where is Laura? She went on a date with a man she met on an online dating site. They have talked on the phone and made a plan to meet for drinks. Laura is planing on taking this slow. She’s been burned and through to much over the years. She just lost a man who she loved. She’s been seeing a shrink to try and get over her issues (including her father leaving them at a young age). A tragicevent that happened to her in high school. She has quit her high paying job in NY and moved back to her home town to live with her sister Rosie, her husband Joe and nephew. Her best friend Gabe lives next door.

Laura leaves for her date and it is quite the evening. The next morning Rosie sees she never came home and there’s not sign of her anywhere. She, Joe and Gabe start a search for her. This is where things get real interesting. The story alternates between Rosie and Laura. Rosie on her timeline of finding Laura and missing and everything she does to search for her. Laura on her timeline from the time she meets her date and what happens that night. There’s also peeks at Laura’s shrink sessions from months ago.

Then the story catches up to both women and we learn what has happened to Laura and if she is alive and also puts other people’s lives in jeopardy.

A great story with so many twists and turns you don’t see coming leading up to a climatic finale that you don’t see coming. Kudos to author Wendy Walked for continuing her streak of great, suspenseful novels and look forward to many more years of her works!

You can pick up the book in stores on Tuesday, May 14, from St. Martin’s Press.

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