The Night Before

About the Author: Wendy Walker

Wendy Walker is a former attorney and investment banker in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons Her debut thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller, published in over 23 languages Emma In The Night was published the following year and her next thriller, The Night Before, was just released and is on sale now


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  • Hardcover
  • 310 pages
  • The Night Before
  • Wendy Walker
  • English
  • 11 August 2018
  • 9781250198679

The Night Before 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 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

10 thoughts on “The Night Before

  1. Emily May says:

    I look at him, and neither of us speaks I wonder which is real Which is the truth Is this a dream or a nightmare This was pretty entertaining Going by my review, I certainly liked it a lot than Walker s All Is Not Forgotten I especially liked the ending, but of course I can t say why.It s told from the perspective of two sisters Laura and Rosie who are living together after Laura had a bad break up and fled her life in NYC to stay with Rosie Laura s narrative takes us through the events of her date one Thursday night, with a man she met on an online dating site Rosie reveals what happens the following day, when she awakes to discover Laura never came home.Rosie doesn t know what to think She tries to track down her sister and her mystery date any way she can She fears Laura has been hurt, but another dark fear lurks in her mind A fear going back many years into their pasts She fears Laura herself could have done something bad Yeah, it s an exciting premise, and I loved the sense of wrongness about everything that the author seems to capture A couple of things prevented me from loving this one, though.1 I guessed almost everything that happened I think the only thing that surprised me was view spoiler Joe being Laura s biological brother hide spoiler

  2. Deanna says:

    My reviews can also be seen at really enjoyed this author s previous novels, Emma in the Night and All is Not Forgotten Needless to say, I was looking forward to reading The Night Before Especially after reading the description Twelve hours earlier, she wasHopeful.Excited.Safe Now she s gone The book begins four months earlier Laura Lochner is in session with her therapist She s talking about a night from many years ago She wants to know why she has such bad luck with relationships Why she s the girl no one can love Her therapist thinks she ll find the answers by going home.The story jumps to the present Twenty eight year old, Laura has moved home and is living with her sister, husband, and nephew She hasn t told them exactly why she left New York, but they know that it involves a man Laura left home after graduating from High School and she never looked back.Laura now feels like she s ready to start dating again and joins a dating website She meets a man on the website named Jonathan Fields Her sister, Rosie is helping her get ready for her first date with Jonathan Rosie is nervous about Laura dating As Laura leaves, she tells her sister not to worry She says she s going to get it right this time.When Rosie wakes up the next morning she feels like something is wrong She tries to tell herself that everything is fine She knows that Laura has good intentions But Rosie s memories of a night eleven years ago keep her on edge She opens the door to the bedroom where Laura has been staying It s empty The bed has not been slept in Something is wrong Rosie s husband tells her not to worry, that Laura is fine But as the day goes on even he starts to get concerned They start to investigate on their own They don t think that calling the police will help them find Laura, in fact, they worry that it might even make things worse.Where is Laura Once I started this book, it was difficult to stopvery difficult I thought this was a great read The story is told from Laura and Rosie s point of view, and takes place in the present but includes flashbacks from the past Some of Laura s therapy sessions are interspersed throughout the novel The Night Before is a smart and compulsively readable psychological suspense novel With an original and engaging plot and a fascinating cast of characters, I was hooked from the start I enjoyed the story and really liked how it all came together in the end.I m THRILLED to say that I m now three for three with Wendy Walker, and as I ve said before I CANNOT wait for I d like to thank St Martin s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. Chelsea Humphrey says:

    I do believe I ll be keeping this one brief for now, as it s not released until mid 2019, but I wanted to get a few thoughts down first while it s still fresh in my mind I believe keeping the synopsis brief in the description above is brilliant I truly hope the publisher keeps it as vague as possible because it was so helpful going into this one knowing as little as possible I ll admit, I was getting a bit nervous around the halfway point because I had figured out all of the reveals up until that point, but I should have known that the obvious, cliche answers simply aren t Wendy Walker s style I was genuinely shocked by two separate outcomes in the conclusion, which was such a relief and enjoyable predicament to find myself in The Night Before was a compulsive suspense novel that was easy to breeze through in a single sitting I had all but given up on the almighty psychological thriller, but Ms Walker has revived my love of all things devious and twisty in less than 300 pages I have no way of knowing if the opportunity to read this one SO early meaning the lack of hype to affect my expectations made it a desirable read than it could have otherwise, so I ll just have to wait until YOUR reviews come in to compare our thoughts 3 I received a bound, uncorrected manuscript via the publisher for review.

  4. Susanne Strong says:

    5 Frakking Awesome Stars If you thought Wendy Walker hit it out of the park with her earlier novels All is Not Forgotten and Emma in The Night, well Fuggedaboutit folks She just won the World Freakin Series with her latest novel The Night Before So what is this one about you ask Twelve hours earlier, she wasHopeful.Excited.Safe.Now she s gone. That s it That s all you get Ok, ok, I lied, that s not ALL you get. Here s a little teaser Imagine that there s something you ve desperately wanted something you ve needed throughout your life and it has always been just out of reach and your emotions can t help but rise up when you watch what you wanted simply slip away, time and again, yet you keep going for it..Then there s that gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach, that nervousness you feel, when something just isn t right and yet you re too scared to speak your mind The doubts seep in and you push, push, push them away and then you realize what a bad decision that was Can you say ruh roh Yep, those are the themes that creep up in The Night Before creep being the operative word Is your stomach in knots Are you sick with anticipation I sure hope so I m afraid I can t say as I don t want to divulge any secrets, at least, not yet Though there may have been one or two things I guessed, it didn t take away from my enjoyment in the least as I simply couldn t tear through my copy of this one fast enough.What I loved about this psychological suspense, versus Wendy Walker s other novels was that it felt believable and fairly realistic, as if parts of it could happen to me Like the author, I am also from Connecticut, where all of her novels take place, thus our backyards are basically one and the same and this time, for the first time, I m actually afraid to go outside and play Thanks for scaring the bejesus out of me, Ms Walker, I look forward to the next time This was a buddy read with Kaceey Loved reading this with you as always Thank you to Jordan at St Martin s Press and to Wendy Walker for providing me with galley of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram on 9.16.18 Will be published on in the Summer of 2019.

  5. Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister says:

    3 Stars For me, this was a middle of the road psychological thriller with a twisty plot and enough back and forth structural juggling to make make my head spin In a good way I did enjoy however, I wasn t entirely pulled in or convinced, and I unfortunately felt this story was a bit hollow and consisted largely of dramatic build up that yeilded a decent though not particularly gratifying finish But that s just me, and sometimes I m a weirdo I loved All is Not Forgotten, and many readers are loving this one I hope you ll fall into their wheelhouse Sister Read

  6. Kaceey says:

    I always love to approach my books by going in with blinders on In this case, that was a very good thing.The publisher s blurb was purposely vague to draw in the reader Well, it worked I couldn t wait to read this one, and I know I m not the only one who had the same reaction If you re looking for the next truly top notch thriller, pull up your chair You ve found it Laura has a past, to say the least One that all these years later, continues to haunt herIt s one innocent evening out, a first date All arranged conveniently through a trusted online site So what could go wrong Told from different timelines and POV s, the tension continually ramps up as the book progresses Just the way we like it With every page I was pulled deeply into the mystery, white knuckling my copy This is the third book I ve read by Wendy Walker, and was by far my favorite I was immediately dropped into the action and story line All without ever losing momentum at any point.I couldn t read it fast enough When I wasn t reading it it would just stare at me, taunting me from across the room whispering read me Lol I didn t stand a chance I may have guessed some of the twists along the way but others were just complete shockers, with than a few jaw dropping moments The twists and switch backs just kept coming Like the publisher, I m staying vague regarding the story line Wouldn t want to chance giving any spoilers away Sorry You ll just have to read it yourself to see what the buzz is about Highly recommend to all thriller fans.A buddy read with Susanne One of our favorites Thank you Susanne Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin s Press for my galley copy to read and review.

  7. Meredith says:

    Part One choose a man who can t love you Part Two reconstruct him into a man who will love you.Part Three make him love you by any means Run of the mill psychological thriller about a blind date that goes awry The premise is intriguing Laura is getting ready to go out on a first date with a man named Jonathan she met on a dating website Laura builds a fantasy around Jonathan and this date She craves love, and as result, she has a tendency to fall for the wrong men You see, Laura has a dark and dangerous past She may or may not have killed her first love when she is a teenager Dark rage is buried inside of her, and her anger can come out at any time She is determined to squash her past and find true love In order to do so, she creates stories inventing the perfect man Unfortunately, her stories make her vulnerable to those who can hurt her most The guys she is on a date with may be deadly But not to worry, because Laura can fight back.When she doesn t return home the night of the date, her sister Rosie investigates The narrative switches perspective between Laura and Rosie Also, we get some insight into Laura by reading her past sessions with her psychologist The Night Before held my attention and had me flipping the pages It is a fast paced and easy read I was able to get through it in one sitting On the other hand, I found Laura and Rosie s voices to be flat While both had some layers to their characters, they didn t have enough depth to hold my curiosity I really was hoping to witness an evolution to Laura s character but it never came My biggest issue was that there was too much telling and not enough seeing It was only the idea of what Laura might be that kept me interested I was waiting for the payoff but none came I went into this with high expectations I love Wendy Walker s previous work and I had read a slew of rave reviews Sadly, I found The Night Before to be a letdown It has the right elements, but the premise didn t match the execution I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and St Martin s Press in exchange for an honest review.

  8. Norma * Traveling Sister says:

    Updating to comment on that cover Ingenious, enthralling, brisk When Brenda and I got the opportunity to do an early group read for Wendy Walker s new book with our Traveling Sisters we were absolutely thrilled Wendy Walker has quite a few fans in our Traveling Sisters group including myself If I were to give you one piece of advice while reading this book would be to put all your other books aside so you can totally be immersed in this tale This book needs to be read without any interruptions and quickly because the intensity level is all in the execution here and to even let it go for a few hours loses that appeal of needing to know what the heck is going on Now I wouldn t necessarily say that you actually need to do that but boy do I ever wish that life didn t get in the way of this book THE NIGHT BEFORE by WENDY WALKER is an intense, thrilling, suspenseful and compulsive psychological thriller novel that was quite the entertaining and enjoyable read for me I was actually quite stunned and very impressed in the end with how well a seemingly straightforward story turned into something that was so much complex and felt nothing but new and original WENDY WALKER delivers an intriguing, clever and engaging read here with quite a few surprising twists and turns The story is told in multiple timelines with alternating points of view between two sisters, Laura and Rosie and therapy sessions between Laura and her therapist The intensity level of the story increases slowly as the story progresses and had me guessing and questioning almost everything that was happening in this book I absolutely love that feeling of not knowing where a story is headed and when the reveal brings everything together in the end it is just so satisfying to me What really made this novel for me was Laura s character and the ending She was a complicated, relatable, believable and realistic character I did have a suspicion early on about one of the reveals, but having guessed that did not take away any of the shocking reveals in the end I was genuinely impressed with how emotionally attached I got to Laura s character and the ending for me was absolutely beautiful and very touching Expected Publication Date May 14th, 2019Norma s Stats Cover I just noticed the cover for this book and it immediately grabbed my attention My first thought was WOW what an absolutely gorgeous and striking cover, very eye catching and an impactful design Title Intriguing, suspenseful, and a simple, but yet an impactful title which represented the story very well.Writing Prose Well written, mysterious, gripping, stirring and effective.Plot Complex, suspenseful, twisty, action packed, compelling, fast paced, held my attention and entertaining Ending Shocking, pleasing, impressive, and I was completely satisfied Overall Even though I lost a little of the momentum to the story with having to put it aside it definitely did not take away how appealing and brilliant this story was I devoured every single word Would highly recommend Thank you so much to NetGalley, Wendy Walker and St Martin s Press for the opportunity to read a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for a review.This review will be posted on our blog closer to the publication date To check out a sneak peek of the Traveling Sisters discussion and Group thoughts, please visit our blog at

  9. BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas) says:

    What a wild ride I was totally gripped The Night Before was such a page turner Laura is unlucky in love and haunted by a teenage tragedy that has defined her life She always seems to choose the wrong men Determined to give love and herself one chance, Laura returns to her childhood suburb and joins an internet dating site She has an immediate connection with one man from the site and decides to meet him for a blind date Nervous and excited, Laura walks out of her sister Rosie s house to meet up with her date and doesn t return Rosie begins a frantic search to find her sister and uncover what really happened to Laura the night before.Told from the alternating perspectives of both Laura and Rosie, The Night Before gripped me from the onset and never let go The you read, the you question everything and everyone The pacing of the book left my pulse racing as the suspense and my anxiety mounted I found myself weaving plausible and implausible theory after theory Wendy Walker definitely kept both the tension and suspicion levels high throughout the book The Night Before is a well crafted, riveting and thoroughly entertaining thriller that I have no hesitation in recommending Cozy up, grab snacks and dig in my friends this is one you won t want to miss Thank you to Wendy Walker, St Martin s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book.

  10. Debra says:

    This was such an addictive and gripping read that I could not put it down I was glued to his book and read most of the book in one day I just had to know what was going to happen next Walker did not disappoint the action was consistent and the twits and revelations came at the right intervals to keep me on the edge of my seat wanting I love that the book blurb does not give a lot of information just enough to pique the readers interest This book is cleverly told through both Laura and her sister, Rosie s points of view using differing timelines which are clearly dated and labeled This was a HUGE plus I never felt lost and experience no confusion when the timelines jumped around The book blurb teases the reader with the fact that a woman is missing I will only tell you that Laura has gone on a date with a man she met on an internet dating site and Rosie, her husband, Joe and their childhood friend, Gabe, become worried when Laura does not show up the next day.I loved that there is never any downtime in this book The pacing is consistent and adds to the feeling of dread, suspense and mounting anxiety of the characters and me while reading I loved how the Author gives bits and pieces about the main character s past throughout the book I loved that I never knew the entire story, so I was continuously guessing and creating theories For most of the book, I kept wondering who was reliable, who was unreliable, what is real, what is the truth, is anyone lying, and where is Laura I love putting on my super sleuth hat while reading I love when an Author can fool me I found the storytelling to be clever, extremely well thought out, and riveting By the time the book concluded, I had experienced so many feelings anticipation, dread, anxiety, happiness, hope, shock, surprise and although my theories were wrong, the Author tidied everything up so nicely that I was not only happy I was wrong but was thrilled by it Nothing really came out of left field, one does not really need to suspend disbelief while reading What you do need to do is find a comfortable reading spot and dive in This was my first book by Walker, but it will not be my last Highly recommend Thank you to St Marin s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an hones review The thoughts and opinions are my own.Read of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com