The Night Before: A Novel (Hardcover)
June 2019 Indie Next List
“Laura has gone missing after going out on a first date with someone she met on a dating site…at least her older sister, Rosie, thinks she is missing. The Night Before is told from Laura’s point of view from the night before and from Rosie’s the morning after. Wendy Walker’s latest is filled with psychological trauma and even a series of sessions with a psychologist, which adds believability and gives insight into who Laura is. As usual, I couldn’t stop reading and was surprised more than once. With a heavy dose of psychology, The Night Before is a true thriller you won’t want to miss.”
— Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
A Today Show and New York Post Summer Reads Selection!
First dates can be murder.
"Ferociously smart." —AJ Finn
"Riveting." —Riley Sager
"Addictive." —Liv Constantine
"Wonderfully tense." —Aimee Molloy
"Irresistible." —Mary Kubica
"Impossible to put down." —Megan Miranda
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 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…
About the Author
Wendy Walker is a former commercial litigator and investment banker who now works at home in Connecticut writing and raising her children. She is the author of the novels Four Wives and Social Lives, and is the editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad. She is currently working on her next book.
Praise for The Night Before:
A Today Show and New York Post Summer Reads Selection!
Us Weekly's "Buzzometer" Pick
NY Posts's "20 Spine Chilling-Reads for Summer"
BookRiot's "The Best Psychological Thrillers to Add to Your TBR"
EW.com's "Crazy Dating Stories Round-up"
Goodreads' "2019 Most Anticipated Mysteries"
The Nerd Daily's "2019 Book Releases"
Cosmo UK's "28 Most Anticipated Books for 2019"
PopSugar "The Night Before will keep you guessing until the very last pages. A twisting, turning delight!”
Belletrist's "Stacked" and "Brief" Selection
A June 2019 Indie Next Pick!
"This. Book. Is. Wild. You’ll blow through this lightning-fast read in one exhilarating afternoon." —HelloGiggles
"Walker excels at exploiting multiple timelines and ample misdirection to maximize the suspense of her twist-filled tale." —Publisher's Weekly
"Walker's clever misdirection paves the way to a truly chilling finale, and she has plenty of insightful things to say about the blame placed on women by society and themselves for the idiotic, careless, and sometimes downright evil things men do. Twisty and propulsive." —Kirkus
"Skillfully manipulating tension and using breathless pacing, Walker keeps that question in the air until the final twist unmasks secrets about Laura's disappearance and the murder in her past." —Booklist
"Secrets, lies, and time jumps will keep readers on their toes." —Library Journal
"Wendy Walker does a fantastic job of keeping the pages turning and the reader caring. Which is what an author is supposed to do. And yes, there is a twist ending." —Amazon's Best Books of May, Suspense
"I raced through The Night Before, another page-turning cracker from Wendy Walker. You're in for a treat!." —B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors
"A dazzling hall-of-mirrors thriller: ferociously smart, furiously paced, and — best of all — honest-to-goodness surprising. All hail Wendy Walker." —AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"As timely as it is compelling, The Night Before gripped me from the first page all the way to its stunning conclusion. Through twist after twist, the story takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go. A riveting read!" —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied
"Pulse-pounding action makes you race to the finish of this addictive thriller...Just when you think you have everything figured out, Walker pulls the rug out from under you and leaves you staggered. The writing sings, and the twists deliver." —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
"Tightly coiled and perfectly plotted, The Night Before is a wonderfully tense and extremely pleasurable read...Wendy Walker lures us in with a gathering sense of dread, proving once again that she is among the most talented and fearless writers at work today." —Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother
"Wendy Walker proves her ingenuity with her latest hair-raising chiller. Teeming with taut writing, an abundance of jaw-dropping revelations, and Walker's uncanny insight into the dark side of human nature, The Night Before is irresistible." —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl
"A sharp, suspenseful, roller-coaster of a thriller...Walker unravels the hidden secrets between families and friends in this smart, compelling read. Impossible to put down!" —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls