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The Night Before (Savannah #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,996 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson's romantic suspense novel The Night Before is a chilling tale of murder and madness, with a romance that's to-die-for. For generations, the Montgomery family has been tormented by dark secrets, scandals, and tragedy, but Caitlin Montgomery Bandeaux has more to worry about than the past. Awakening f...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 552 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 2003)
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I like Lisa Jackson's books but I do admit she tends to go overboard with her details. I find myself skimming through quite a bit of it to get to some actual dialogue. I liked this book, but I found myself skimming A LOT! It was a pretty long book and I think she could have cut through at least 100 pages by toning down the details.

Rodina Montgomeryových nebola nikdy celkom normálna. Šialenstvo, incest, depresie a nečakané úmrtia sú už takpovediac ich rodovým znakom, ktorý sa dedí z generácie na generáciu. Caitlynin život tejto povesti nie je nič dlžný - už od detstva je považovaná za jednu z najšialenejších členov klanu Montgomeryových, bola svedkom nejedného úmrtia v rodine, jej malá dcéra umrela v dôsledku čoho sa zrútilo aj jej krehké manželstvo a špičku ľadovca predstavuje obvinenie zo zanedbania sta...more
Kelly Moran
romantic suspense, heavy on suspense.
this is the first book i've read of hers, and liked it. it wasn't gushy, had good twists. i'll definitely read more of hers. the only real fault was the psychiatric medical angle. not real accurate, but to my understanding, she knew that. it was played up for the book.
Samantha Porter
More 4.5 stars then 5.

Very good book. Lots of twists and turns.
Good idea, but it just kept going and going and going and going,

Someone is knocking off members of the wealthy Montgomery family in Savannah. The Montgomery family is surrounded by controversy and suspicions including, adultery, mental illness, accidental death, incest, & lust. All are discussed, acted upon or realized by a variety of unlikeable characters.

Caitlyn Montgomery is the prime murder suspect after her slime of a husband is found dead and she wakes up covered in blood. She constan...more
Jun 09, 2009 Grace rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: not a living soul
Recommended to Grace by: Her New Orleans series
Shelves: suckfests
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I'm struggling not to write how bad this book was because the fact is I could not stop listening to it. It didn't matter that it contained every single mystery/suspense cliche since the beginning of suspenseful novels. There's a twin, there's a history of insanity, there's that old southern gothic favorite, the mention of ghosts(no real ghosts though, they are metaphorical), there's the tortured heroine, there's your troubled hunky cop, there's the mysterious hunky psychologist, there's the wise...more
I love Lisa Jackson and have read all 7 New Orleans-Montoya/Bentz books. This book is in the Savannah series but actually starts before book 3, "Shiver" - Montoya's story. This book answers the question that rose in "Cold Blooded" as to what happened to Montoya's girlfriend after she disappears. What a sicko the killer turned out to be! I've never seen so many paranoid schizophrenics or so much incest in one book! It took me a little longer to read this one, I think since it was my 8th book by h...more
I would like to preface this short review by saying that I generally like Lisa Jackson's writing. For the most part, her reading is very easy to read, but not in a "simple" sense of the word - everything just flows right. I have found that a lot of her books seem to have the same framework, but I enjoy it even though I know its coming. That said, this one started out slow for me. I had a rough time getting through it compared to the other books in another series (New Orleans) I have read of hers...more
Aku rasa rating yang seharusnya adalah 3.5.

Sebenarnya kisahnya lumayan. Banyak kejutan2 yang terjadi terutama mengenai saudara kembar Caitlyn dan sahabat masa kecilnya. Aku nggak nyangka sama sekali padahal tadinya aku nebak2 villain-nya si kembarannya Caitlyn. Tapi ternyata bukan, dan villain-nya ini aku nggak sangka sama sekali karena dengan cerdiknya dia menyiasati kecelakaan seolah2 percobaan pembunuhan terhadap dirinya sendiri.

Terus peristiwa yang dialami Sugar dan Cricket bikin merinding k...more
Elizabeth Messer
I have several of Jackson's books & usually they're really good. I had to force myself through it. The "Atropos" angle was good but the "ghosts" w/o any substance and some repeated details had me loosing interest in some places. It was passable.
Diane Perry
I enjoyed the suspense and was did not see ending turning out that way out all. The only downside was being from Savannah area, I was looking for more accuracy on the streets and landmarks. Not so much.
About 300 pages too long with ramblings that add nothing to the plot. I did not like the characters, relationships or storyline; especially the weak paranormal aspect.
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Cindy Mathis
Meh. Couldn't get into it. Bypassed the middle and read the end. Everyone writes a stinker every now and them. Still like her and will continue to read her.
Mirella Grace
Bintang 4 deh, buat novel ini. Dari awal, saya udah sibuk menebak nebak siapa pembunuhnya, ternyata... lah, baca sendiri deh ya, yang pasti saya nggak nyangka who is the real Atropos. Gak tebersit dalam pikiran saya si pembunuhnya itu.

Dari awal, saya udah sibuk mikirin who is Caitlyn. Bahkan sempat berpikir bahwa memang Kelly itu ada/masih hidup. I should have guessed about DID. Toh, cerita tentang kepribadian ganda bukan yang pertama kali saya baca. Sebelumnya ada "Tell Me Your Dreams" nya Sid...more
While I thought I had this mystery figured out before getting halfway through it, there were still a few surprises left!
Good book with fun characters. I definitely was surprised at the end. Looking forward to reading the next book.
Suspenseful and unpredictable. Fast read. I really enjoyed the fast pace nature of this book. It kept me guessing till the end.
Georgiann Hennelly
In the dark shadows of a southern town a serial killer strikes.It has happen many times before.The next morning Caitlyn Montgomery Bondeaux wakes covered in blood with no memory of the night before. The police come to tell her her estranged husband was murdered like so many others she has known, She is wanted by the policw and haunted by horrifying, fragmented memories, she turns to Adam Hunt the new Psychologist in town for help. But can she trust him. But as the twisted killer strikes again an...more
Angie crosby
Why is it I often happen upon books that end up with the same twist at the end? I figured it out very early, recognizing what the author was going for. This book would have rated higher had the author gotten the facts correct or at least included something at the end stating she took liberties for the sake of the story. People actually believe what they read unfortunately even if it is a fictional story.

A bit wordy in parts,the dialogue was boring, didn't feel authentic.

Worth a read if you find...more
Maybe too many suspects and it took along time to get to the ending.
Minty McBunny
Wow, this book was horrible. I saw an ad on Goodreads for a later book in the series and thought it might be interesting, so I started at the beginning. But right off the bat, the prose was terrible and as soon as it came out that she had mental problems and a twin sister, I was like "Oh, I see where this is going." I kept reading, if only to ascertain that I was right and find out how Adam Hunter fitted into the story, but the plot just got dumber and dumber until I couldn't take anymore. Defin...more
Heavy on the suspense, very light on the romance.
Lisa Jackson did not disappoint again. Another murder mystery of her series. I love the fact you dont have to necessarily read her series in order to still enjoy the book. She definitely got me on who the murderer was in this one!
This book was about a prominent family who has an extensive history of mental disorders but also notorious for not being monogomous in the marriage. One by one family members are dying and it all looks like its the one who seems to have the current history of mental in...more
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Carey Ford
not the best of her books. typically when I read a book, it only takes 2-3 days to finish it. it took me a week & a half. Wasn't a "I can't put this down" book
Thrilling pace reading!!!
I guess technically I'm not finished, but I gave up on this book. Normally I love Lisa Jackson's books. The problem with this one is the characters. I just don't care about them or what happens to them. I get that there wouldn't be much of a book if we knew whether the main character was guilty or not (I can't even remember her name, that's how uninteresting she is!), but I just don't care about her. I need a character to root for to keep me reading...
This is actually the first book I’ve read by Lisa Jackson. The Night Before was such a fast paced suspense novel. It was well written and filled with so many twists and turns. It was very hard to put down. Very enjoyable and kept me guessing until the very end. A great who-done-it that was also a highly thrilling ride. Definitely recommend this and Lisa Jackson.
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Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush, grew up in a small timber town in Oregon. She attended Oregon State University and later worked in the banking industry.
In 1983, Jackson's first novel, A Twist of Fate, was published by Silhouette Books. Currently, Jackson writes contemporary romantic suspense novels for Kensington Books and medieval romantic suspense novels for Onyx Books. Her books regul...more
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