The Night Before by Wendy Walker | Book Review

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From Goodreads.com:

“The night before…and the nightmare after.

Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands.

But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets or is the night before her last night alive?

Told in dual timelines—the night before and the day after—The Night Before is a riveting thriller about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control.”


For me, this was a middle-of-the-road psychological thriller with a twisty plot. It definitely kept my interest but I didn’t fully connect with the characters and the ending didn’t surprise me as much as I hoped it would. I do appreciate that the author was able to write a thriller that felt “fresh” and different and it certainly was an enjoyable and fast-paced read.

This book just didn’t have the same effect on me as a lot of other readers but we all have different reactions and perspectives. I enjoyed that the second half of the book gave us more insight into why Laura was the way she was and why she kept picking the wrong kind of people to date but it came a little late for me. Her sister Rosie was sweet but her character development was just kind of flat. Whenever I feel engaged with the main characters, it is a lot easier for me to feel really engrossed with a thriller type book and I just didn’t get there with this one.

All in all, I recommend this book for a quick and engaging weekend read, it just didn’t stick with me for long after I read it. A big thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

 

The Lost Man | Book Review

 

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I am a big fan of Jane Harper’s books and was super excited for this newest release. Her books are my favorite kind of thrillers…slow burners with always a totally surprising ending. They aren’t gory but they are suspenseful and always have amazingly detailed characters and scenes that suck you right in. The way she presented the rural Australian property was just amazing and totally helped set the scene for this family drama thriller.

Over the course of the story, family history and secrets were revealed. I connected with Nathan, the main character and enjoyed slowly taking in the family members that were also a part of this complex mystery. There had been tension in this family that has been simmering under the surface for many years and Cameron’s death brought it all to the surface. I was kept guessing to what exactly happened to Cameron in the extremely dangerous Australian outback until the very end where it all came together in such fulfilling way.

Thank you to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.