The Night Before (Paperback)

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The Night Before takes on a timely and relevant topic and puts a twist on it. Laura Lochner has been unlucky in love and in life. Moving home with her sister Rosie and her family following an upsetting breakup, Laura decides to try an online dating website and heads out on a blind date. The next morning Rosie realizes that Laura never came home, and she begins to panic as she tries repeatedly to reach Laura and cannot. Alternating between Rosie and Laura and occasionally flashing back in time, The Night Before is a taut, well-written thriller that will keep you turning pages until the very end. - Cindy

— Cindy

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

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A Today Show and New York Post Summer Reads Selection!

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.

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


First dates can be murder.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250198686
ISBN-10: 1250198682
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: April 28th, 2020
Pages: 336