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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of The Good Neighbor comes a gripping thriller about an engagement party gone fatally awry.

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.

©2018 Anjali Writes LLC (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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great

was great and thrilling. kept us thinking to the end. everyone was a suspect to me

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good whodunit

Good whodunnit chick lit. I was surprised by the ending that's for sure. Keep me listening

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wow

Omg this book was crazy good you keep guessing until the last word. Around the 3/4 of the book I think Marissa is a crazy nut job. True that if you read these types of books on a regular you realize somethings before the author reveals them but overall I was shocked by the outcome. I don't want to mess the book up for anyone, so just know you will not be disappointed by it.

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very intriguing! been better

very good book . i wish the ending could have been expanded about what happened to Marisa.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-20-19

Pretty Good

After Nightfall is a pretty good book. The plot is interesting and the characters are engaging. I would give it 5 stars but it's a bit repetitive. I also found the friendship between Lauren, Marissa and Jensen unrealistic. Once I questioned that part of the plot (which is repeated over and over), it doesn't make since for Marissa to investigate.

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  • DC
  • 12-21-18

disappointing

this was a predictable story with whiney characters. abrupt ending with ends left loose after inconsequential revelation.

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pretty engaging read

This was the first book I've listened to by this author and it was pretty decent, but just average. Caught my attention early on and held it through until the end. Several times I thought I had it figured out only to change my mind because something else happened. Some of the events were definitely convenient to the storyline, but not so much that it was totally implausible. Well, until the end which had a totally unnecessary "twist". The main character was a bit annoying and reacted to things in a somewhat stupid manner. I kept picturing myself in her situation and wondering if I would react that way. The rest of the characters had depth too but I still didn't care for many of them.

The narration was okay, but the narrator's almost uppity inflection at the end of every sentence kind of grated on my nerves. And maybe its just me, but I hate when female narrators deepen their voices for male parts. For non-voice actors it usually sounds ridiculous and takes me completely out of the story. But at the same time, I've heard far worse performances and listened my way through the entire thing.

I wanted to keep listening and finished it in a couple of days, which is s good thing. I usually get bored and switch to another book, so that in itself tells you something!

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Great book...terrible ending!

The story grabbed and held my attention throughout...until the ending anyway. The ending became convoluted...too many unnecessary twists.

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  • Helen
  • MANAHAWKIN, NJ, United States
  • 08-17-18

Stick Figures

Our protagonist is a bit of a busybody, into everyone's business and in this book, everyone has "business". The characters have little depth or development except for their pathology. I rarely leave a book before it's finished and I finished this, however, when I saw it on my library list, I had to open it to remember it. And I still can't understand why she was so pissed off at Nathan when all became clear.

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Horrible

I have never read a book where the ending was basically left for interpretation. This whole book was horrible. Wishy washy characters, plot line sucked, needed better editing.

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  • Jools
  • 08-15-18

wayned

From the middle onwards i got bored, all of them needed pushing off the cliff, adults that is.

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  • Karla
  • 11-10-18

Boring and badly read

I could not finish this book. The narrative was mundane, the story line boring and I wish I’d never bought it