Happy Monday, everyone! Let’s kick things off with a book tour 🙂
Thanks to Lake Union and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
AFTER NIGHTFALL – A.J. Banner (out now!)
Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff.
Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness? Desperate for answers, Marissa digs deep into the events of the party. But what she remembers happening after nightfall now carries sinister implications: the ugly sniping, the clandestine meetings, the drunken flirtations. The more she investigates, the more she questions everything she thought she knew about her friends, the man she once trusted, and even herself.
Bestselling author A. J. Banner keeps readers on a razor-sharp edge in this intricately plotted novel of psychological suspense…in which nothing is as it seems.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
This was my introduction to A.J. Banner – I do have THE TWILIGHT WIFE sitting on my shelves in the never-ending TBR. I will definitely be picking that one up sooner rather than later! AFTER NIGHTFALL is such a quick read at just under 300 pages, and Banner sucks you in from the first chapter.
The dynamics of a friendship can be so different in so many ways, and the one between Lauren and Marissa is definitely a complicated one. Best friends torn apart by a betrayal that are slowly trying to rebuild their friendship and let each other in. This all changes when Marissa finds Lauren’s body down on the beach. Marissa is determined to find out what truly happened that night – did Lauren jump? Did someone push her?
The thriller and mystery genre can become very predictable at times, but Banner did a great job keeping me on my toes. Most of the time you find yourself constantly changing your mind on who it could have been. There was a growing sense of foreboding and paranoia as the story progressed which really amped up the suspense.
If you’re looking for a great mystery without the police procedural, then this is the perfect choice! You’ll find yourself second and third guessing yourself as you race to the end.
About the Author:
Born in India and raised in North America, A. J. Banner received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Her previous novels of psychological suspense include The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife, a USA Today bestseller. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and six rescued cats.
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