I used to be an avid reader when I was younger. I would hole myself up in my bedroom for hours upon hours and finish a book within a day. In fact, when I was in college, I minored in English Literature with the idea that I wanted to go into publishing. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve let all that slip away which is really unfortunate. I posted a poll on Instagram about starting a book club and everyone seemed interested. And yet I dropped off the face of the Earth once again. But baby, I’m back. And this time for good. Last week I read The Night Before by Wendy Walker and figured it’d be a good place to start with the book club.
So without further adieu, here’s my review and thoughts about The Night Before by Wendy Walker.
“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…”
Overall I thought this was an interesting book. It switches between perspectives from Laura to Rosie throughout the novel which keeps you hooked. I did think it was a bit of a slow start but it did keep me guessing which is something that I look for in all thriller books. Walker did a great job of leading you to one idea only to switch it on you and leave you stumped until the end. I did manage to figure out the ending right before I read it which was a bit disappointing but that happens from time to time.
To me, the most interesting part of the novel was all of the conversations between Laura and her date. Throughout the book you ride along with her emotionally, trying to figure out whether or not he is who he says he is and whether or not he is dangerous. Walker gives you firsthand accounts of Laura’s thoughts and how her past has affected the woman she is today, especially when it comes to her dating life.
Overall, it did not have me dying to finish it. I definitely wanted to see how it ended but by no means was my stomach in my throat as I turned the pages to see how the events unfolded. It just missed the mark for me.
4/5, I would still recommend others read it1