Friday, August 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of After Nightfall by A.J. Banner

Author:A.J. Banner
Publisher: Lake Union Press
Date of publication:  July 2018

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.

In After Nightfall, Marissa hosts a party with her new fiance so they can announce their engagement to their friends.  Later that evening, her friend Lauren falls off the cliff behind the house.  Marissa is convinced that she was murdered and didn't kill herself.  

I have very mixed feelings about this book.  On one hand, I thought the mystery was pretty well planned out.  I didn't call the solution, so that was a nice surprise.  However, I had a hard time liking any of the characters.  Especially Marissa.  I did admire her drive to figure out what happened to her friend.  But when she finds out what Nathan was doing late at night, I couldn't get behind her reaction.  I don't want to spoil it, but I was seriously disappointed in how she didn't believe him.  It seemed false and kind of made me lose respect for her.  There is a small twist at the end that didn't really fit and I felt like it was thrown in for shock value.  Especially since the book just ends.

The book is well written, I just didn't love it as much as I wanted to.  It's one of those books that you will have to read and decide for yourself.

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About A. J. Banner

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.

Connect with A. J. Banner

Instagram Tour:
Monday, August 6th:
Tuesday, August 7th: @chaptershoe
Wednesday, August 8th: @ladyofthelibrary
Thursday, August 9th: @prose_and_palate
Friday, August 10th: @thats_what_she_read
Saturday, August 11th: @girlandherbooks
Sunday, August 12th: @girlsinbooks

Review Tour:
Monday, August 6th: Write Read Life
Monday, August 6th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, August 7th: 5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, August 8th: Bookmark Lit
Thursday, August 9th: Helen’s Book Blog
Thursday, August 9th: Books & Bindings
Friday, August 10th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, August 13th: Jessicamap Reviews and @jessicamap
Tuesday, August 14th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit
Wednesday, August 15th: Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind
Thursday, August 16th: @bookenetics
Thursday, August 16th: A Bookish Way of Life
Friday, August 17th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, August 20th: What is That Book About – author guest post
Tuesday, August 21st: Moonlight Rendezvous
Wednesday, August 22nd: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Thursday, August 23rd: Girl Who Reads
Friday, August 24th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Monday, August 27th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, August 28th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, August 29th: Sweet Southern Home

1 comment:

Nicole Pyles said...

This book sounds intriguing! I love the cover too.