Sunday, April 29, 2018

After Nightfall by A.J. Banner

Beware of friends with secrets…

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.

My Thoughts
Psychological suspense at it's finest.  I literally read this in less than 24 hours.  Amazing. 
The writing is flawless and pulls you in on each and every page.  The story line had me guessing til the end.  It's not predictable, just enough detail that you actually think you are there and experiencing it with the characters.  
After reading this book you will be leery of anyone and everyone from your best friend to your fiance to your neighbor.  How do you know if they are really telling the truth?
This book has betrayal, domestic abuse, murder, tragedy, mental issues and yet I was never lost as to what was happening to whom and when.
I feel I discuss the actual story I will giveaway too much and I want you to enjoy each and every minute. 

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Drink Selection
This dark tale would pair well with a dark and stormy.  Perfection!

Rating 
5 wine glasses, hands down.  

A.J. Banner 
About the Author
A. J. Banner grew up reading Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and other masters of love and mystery. She enjoyed sneaking thrillers from her parents' library, which gave her excellent fodder for her first novel of psychological suspense, The Good Neighbor. Born in India and raised in North America, she always dreamed of writing gripping stories in which nothing is what it seems. She's hard at work on her next novel in her home office overlooking a Pacific Northwest forest.

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