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The Night Before

The Night Before

A Novel

Wendy Walker

St. Martin's Press

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The night before...and the nightmare after.

"Ferociously smart." —AJ Finn
"Riveting." —Riley Sager
"Addictive." —Liv Constantine
"Wonderfully tense." —Aimee Molloy
"Irresistible." —Mary Kubica
"Impossible to put down." —Megan Miranda


Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands.

But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets, or is the night before her last night alive?

Told in dual timelines—the night before and the day after—The Night Before is a riveting thriller about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control.

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Laura Lochner. Session Number One. Four Months Ago. New York City.

Laura: I don’t know if this is a good idea.

Dr. Brody: It’s up to you, Laura.

Laura: What if you try to fix me and...

Praise for The Night Before

Praise for The Night Before:

A Today Show and New York Post Summer Reads Selection!

One of:
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… More…

Praise for The Night Before:

A Today Show and New York Post Summer Reads Selection!

One of:
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

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Reviews from Goodreads

Wendy Walker

WENDY WALKER has worked as an attorney specializing in family law. Her novels include Emma in the Night and All is Not Forgotten. She lives in Connecticut, where she is at work on her next novel.

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