Book Review: The Night Before @Wendy_Walker @netgalley #thriller #suspense

Thank you to Netgally and St. Martin’s Press for my advance copy of The Night Before in exchange for my honest review! (Oops, I’ve had this book for 2 years…I am so, so sorry it took me THIS long to read it, I wish I picked it up sooner!!!!!)

Wow. The Night Before opens up with a bang. Laura is plagued by a murder from her high school years that she is adamant she didn’t commit (even though not everyone may truly believe her).

Laura moves from New York City after a sudden breakup into her sister’s home, in her hometown. She thought she left everything behind and finds herself back here. Laura decides to jump back into dating and her sister, Rosie, thinks it is a bad idea.

Walker takes us through an alternating timeline, Laura in therapy, Laura on her date, and her sister after her date. There were twists and turns and a shocker I did not see coming. When I stopped and reflected on the book, I smiled. It was just THAT good.

I loved the alternating timelines. We hear from Laura in realtime on her date (which was in the past) and then immediately get thrown into the present with Rosie and what is going on there. This kept me hooked and kept me up past my bedtime!!!

4 stars.  SOLID read, great thriller. I never saw one specific part of the book coming…it was a total shock. I love how the book ended and everything came into place. My heart broke a little for Laura, but in the end, I am happy with how things turned out for her!

Title: The Night Before

Author: Wendy Walker

Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: May 14, 2019

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Book Review: A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder @HoJay92 @delacortepress #MomsWhoRead #Mystery #YoungAdult #Book #Reading #ReadMe

This one was popping up everywhere so I threw it into my Amazon cart and the next time my husband made a purchase, in came my new book, YAY! Now I’m off to put the sequel into my cart!

Pip Fitz-Amobi is a small town girl who has just started her senior year of high school. Each of the seniors has to complete a capstone project so her topic…Andie Bell wasn’t murdered by Sal Singh. What?

Five years ago the small town was rattled when Andie Bell went missing. The police blamed the disappearance, and murder, on her boyfriend Sal Singh. He committed suicide a few days after Andie disappeared and evidence found on him implicated he was guilty. Pip felt the police were too quick to close the case and didn’t really investigate…so she decides to investigate herself.

Pip befriends Sal’s brother, Ravi, and the two of them embark on an amateur investigation. Pip starts to receive threatening messages and her project appears to be doomed. It’s too late to change her topic so maybe she’ll just end up failing. Whoever it is wants her to stop…and they aren’t stopping at just idling threats.

This book had me guessing. Every time Pip added someone to her suspect list I thought, “Yup, they did it.” Eventually I thought everything was plausible, so who really did it…or was she just chasing a dead end? Pip has an unbelievable talent at picking up clues and yes, this did seem realistic. Maybe the topic would never really be approved for a senior project, but I could see teenagers putting their noses where they shouldn’t to try and solve a mystery.

4 stars.  I seriously did not see the ending coming. I know, I know, I never do, but honestly…this one was great. There was information in every chapter and it kept everything fresh! One of the better young adult novels I have read in a long while!! I cannot wait to read more from Holly Jackson in the future!

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Title: A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder

Author: Holly Jackson

Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: February 4, 2020

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Book Review: The New Husband @djpalmerauthor @StMartinsPress #Thriller #MomsWhoRead #TheNewHusband #Mystery #ReadMe #Books #BookReview #BookBlog

HUGE thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my very own advance copy of The New Husband in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. This book is going to be released next month so pre-order it now because you will want to read this one!!!

“Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them,” is the PERFECT quote for this book. Nina’s husband goes missing and she discovers he was leading a double life. What a blow. Thankfully Simon comes in to the picture and sweeps her off her feet.

Nina has two children and Simon happens to work as a teacher at their school. Slightly awkward, but they manage to deal with it. Nina and Simon end up moving in together and because of this move, Nina is able to stay in town instead of moving away to live with parents.

Maggie, Nina’s daughter, has seen a dark side to Simon and is trying to convince everyone around her he’s just evil. I would give you some details on how she thinks he’s evil, but you’ll have to read the book. Will Nina end up marrying the controlling Simon? Will Glen’s double life come to haunt them? Oh what a tangled web we end up in…

This book was riveting! It kept me engaged until the very end. I will say I did have the book figured out quite early on (WHAT?!? ME?!?!), but despite that, oh my goodness…this was such a GOOD book! Twists and turns around every corner, it all slowly piles up until BOOM SHAKA LAKA! I found myself in Maggie’s corner and rooting for her, she is quite the likable teenager! I only wish Nina’s friends did a little bit more than they did, but this is a work of fiction so let’s hope in real life they would have!

4 stars.  I found myself holding my breath for the last part of the book as my heart was racing 90 miles a minute. Palmer has done it again with another amazing thriller. I hope you all get the opportunity to read this one!

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Title: The New Husband

Author: DJ Palmer

Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: April 14, 2020

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