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The Night Before by Wendy Walker

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Book Summary 

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…



Condition: Like New (may contain a publisher extra mark)

Hardcover, Published May 14, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 9781250198679

2 reviews for The Night Before by Wendy Walker

  1. Chandra

    My second Walker book, I definitely see how her style can be compulsive, even with the slower pace that I have found in both this and Emma In The Night. Short chapters, unreliable narrators and a plot that keeps you guessing until the final reveals.

    Poor Laura – always so unlucky in love and willing to chameleon herself to make herself worthy of her new love. A woman who believes in love but in the way that she is determined to make it happen, taking in the good things too much to heart.. and the bad things, calculating and untrusting. This does not bode well for her as she goes on a date with a man from the internet.

    Nothing and no one is as they appear to be. I was a bit confused on one part between two of the characters. How did this little bit get thrown in and then not revisited? I’m a teeny bit baffled on this. While I did enjoy the story line, some things just didn’t quite add up for me. There were definitely some lull parts but Walker does manage to make a slower pace still quite interesting.

    Would I read Walker again? Absolutely! I’m not sure if this slow pace is her style across all of her books but I do absolutely appreciate the crazy stories that she seems to produce… even if some things don’t quite add up.
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  2. Amy

    The Night Before goes back and fourth between the past and present, showing you Laura’s childhood, something horrific that happened that she doesn’t quite remember all the details about, and what happens when she doesn’t return home the night of her blind date. Wendy Walker has a way of keeping you reading a book, even if you have predicted what was going to happen and in this case, I actually didn’t. I did like that I didn’t guess the twists, which usually can bump up my rating at least half a star but the rest of the book was mediocre for me. I just wasn’t fully pulled in and invested in this story as I’d like to have been. Solid thriller that I think most would like but not my favorite. 3.5 stars rounded up.

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