Review: The Night Before by Wendy Walker

night beforeLaura 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…


I guess everyone has heard about this book by now. There has been quite a buzz surrounding it. I tried to ignore it despite all the glowing reviews from my favorite bloggers. However, curiosity finally got the better of me.

The story is narrated through two POVs by sisters, Rosie and Laura. Laura went on a date with a stranger that she met online.  Rosie started panicking when Laura failed to get back home after her date. She was worried about her sister. Who is the stranger that she went out with? Why is her phone off? Is she safe? And interestingly, given Laura’s history, is the stranger safe?

The Night Before is a suspenseful, well-crafted read that will have your head spinning. I didn’t know where the story was going. I couldn’t even guess since my mind was working too fast trying to keep up with Laura and Rosie’s narrations. The pacing was well-balanced with no dull moments.  Laura’s narrative explained the events of the night; naturally, this POV interested me more because that is where the answers lay. The red herrings in Rosie’s story had me turning pages faster in search of answers.

What an intense, thrilling, captivating read! I can’t wait to read more books by Wendy Walker.

24 thoughts on “Review: The Night Before by Wendy Walker

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it too! You need to read Emma in the Night; I liked it a bit more but both were excellent. Wonderful review, Diana!

    1. Thanks Stephanie. Adding Emma in the Night to my TBR. It sounds like another great read by Wendy. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. I’m one of the only people who hasn’t heard of this book, but I think I’ve joined in on wanting to read it. The blurb sounds terrifying, and your review so interesting. You’re giving me so many thriller ideas lately that it’s going to be hard to choose one to read when it comes time to do so!

    1. haha good to know that I have an effect on your TBR 😉 I think you’d enjoy this one. Its intense but it also has some good themes to discuss so perhaps its something your book-club might also enjoy.

  3. Fantastic review Diana. I have this one to read as well. I enjoyed the last book I read by Wendy Walker so am looking forward to this one. I love your descriptions!

    1. Thanks Carla. I hope that you will like this one as well. It is my first book by Wendy. I hope to read some more titles by her starting with Emma in the Night.

  4. It was my second book by Wendy Walker, and again, I did not finish it. I won’t be giving it a third try. I did enjoy the different parts and POVs, but I couldn’t connect to the characters and I had a feeling they were all jumping to conclusions. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though 🙂

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Meggy. I know how that feels especially when you don’t connect with the characters.

      Thank you. It was a crazy story, loved it!

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