The Night Before by Wendy Walker

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“People could hide. And hide well. Even the people you love the most.” – Wendy Walker

A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press.

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…

The story follows the sisters Rosie and Laura who don’t seem to really know each other. You can feel the tension between Laura and everyone from her past, sensing there is something about Laura. Wendy Walker managed to keep the suspense very well throughout the entire book. I did have a feeling about the outcome towards the end, though that was right before the author revealed the ‘villain’ of the book. Overall I’m quite satisfied with the development of the story. There were a couple of twists as well that I didn’t see coming.

By throwing two different situations together, Wendy Walker created a sublime mystery mix. You are pushed towards one way, while the actual dangerous action is happening right the other way. Walker managed to intertwine these stories well.

The settings and characters are limited in number. This felt good to me, having this little clique in which the story unfolds. You get to know each character a bit more thorough and get more familiar with them, which makes you get better engaged in the story.

I gave this book 4/5 stars. It was suspenseful and engaging.

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