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The Night Before (Savannah #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,947 ratings  ·  170 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
Hardcover, Large Print, 552 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by Wheeler Publishing (first published March 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.
This book made me sort of uncomfortable. I understand the need for "romantic suspense" to generally have the main character fall in love, but in this scenario it was completely inappropriate. I don't care how much stretching of the truth of the protagonist's condition the author did, it really was just wrong. The story itself would have been great without this romance. Heck, I'd probably even be ok if they started developing "feelings" but didn't pursue them until the protagonist was healthy, or ...more
I'll admi to being disappointed. I couldn't finish the book. The editing in this thing was awful. How many times did Reed have to wonder if his partner knew more about the dead husband than she was letting on? I think he asked himself that 6 times over 2 pages. Not sure if I want to attempt he sequel. I'll go back got the NewOrleans series. Hopefully that will be beter.
Debbie Heaton
In Jackson’s suspense novel, a serial killer is picking off victims one by one in the dead of night. When Caitlyn Montgomery Bandeaux wakes up covered in blood, she has no memory of what happened. When the police find her estranged husband dead, Caitlyn finds herself wanted by the authorities. Not knowing what else to do, Caitlyn turns to psychologist Adam Hunt to help her piece together the haunting and fragmented memories that have begun to surface. And when all is said and done, she finds her ...more
In The Night Before, Caitlyn Bandeaux wakes up one morning, covered in blood. The night before she was supposed to meet her sister, Kelly, for drinks, but Kelly was a no-show. That's all she can remember. Soon, she learns that her ex-husband was murdered last night and she doesn't have an solid alibi. Did she kill him? Could all of this blood be his? Or was he killed by a serial killer that has taken others over the years. Others who've been known to Caitlyn. Fearing that she's losing her mind, ...more

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
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.
There was way too much repetition of information every few chapters about family history and overuse of Caitlin's inner thoughts (with overuse of italics) to the point where it became frustrating (had to skim). We get the point that she's paranoid, a little on the nutty side but to go on and on about her questioning herself about what happened the night before, etc. Could have used some better editing, cutting at least 100-125 pages & over descriptive passages. I was curious to know who the ...more
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.
2,8 / 5*

Jévanečky, to mě bavilo skoro o polovinu míň, než jsem čekala.

Valerie Andrews
Caitlyn is from a wealthy Savannah family that seems to be cursed. People keep dying, and Caitlyn could be at fault for some of their deaths. Her already-precarious mental state is exacerbated by the murder of her ex-husband, who had planned to file a wrongful death suit regarding their infant daughter. Caitlyn’s shrink has disappeared, but her blackouts haven’t. Is she really crazy, or is someone trying to blame her for their crimes?Is her new shrink a good guy or planning something untoward? I ...more
Samantha Porter
More 4.5 stars then 5.

Very good book. Lots of twists and turns.
Anita Truong
2.5 Stars

This book is chock full of the makings of Korean makjang (see: Dramabeans - Glossary, scroll down to the makjang entry) as each new, deep dark Montgomery family (and extended family) secret is revealed. There's the "Montgomery Curse", mysterious deaths, family secrets that weren't secrets, gossip about incest in the family... that wasn't really gossip, more and more deeper secrets...

But I’ve got to hand credit where credit is due: I got sucked in.

As much as I was trying not to roll my
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
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
This book took forever to get into and the only reason I didn't put it down was out of boredom...I didn't have anything else to read. At about the middle of the book it TOOK OFF and I could hardly put it down!! I've bought the next book because 2 of the characters in it are starting the series so I'd say this is more of a prequal than a first in a series but we will see when I get into The Morning After.
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
I picked this up at a used book store to try something different. Boy was that a mistake. I suspect that the author hates women, because there was not one likeable female character in the book.

This is a predictable soap opera where you could remove 30% of the text to make it at least tolerable.
This was an okay book, i enjoyed it a lot. But it seemed to be trying to hard when it came to the mental illnesses, and frankly it was just a mess. A lot of the twists and scenes in the book seemed rushed, or they had no real purpose to the story and could have been replaced by a bagel.
No offense to Ms. Jackson, but has she been to Savannah? The story had some awesome moments but I kept getting distracted by her mistakes:

1. We never call River Street "the waterfront." Ever. It's just River Street

2. None of our famous families have Cajun names because the Cajuns are in New Orleans, not Savannah

So yeah, not my book.
Good plot about a tormented rich family with a number of psychologically disturbed characters; including some illegitimate child'ren who want to share in the family heritage. One by one they are murdered in cruel ways by a ruthless killer who enjoys watching their fear just before they are killed. The tension is gradually built up. Towards the end, the pieces of the puzzle fit together. But the story could have been written in 25 % less pages, as the historical facts and backgrounds are too ofte ...more
I personally find Lisa Jackson books are either hit or miss and unfortunately this one was a miss. It was far too long with not much happening in a lot of it and I found myself skipping quite a few pages to get to the point. Hopefully the next one of hrrs I read will be better.
Great read! Unpredictable and interesting characters.

I look forward to reading the second Savannah book with its different characters.
Will insanity play such a key role in its plot and character interactions?

Mithra A.
it took me a while to finish this book, and near the middle I found it was kind of slow, but it was a good book. I would have liked it if there were more hints avout who the murderer was throughout the book, but in the end it was fine. (^~^)
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
pretty good book. I figured out part of the book about half-way through. Although I was wrong about "who done it". The problem I had was that I really didn't care about any of the characters - not sure why. Still I did like the storyline. This would be a good beach read.
A little corny and not exactly subtle in some instances. The story was suspenseful but a tad on the fanciful side for me. I am a very critical person though. All around not bad if you like murder mystery/thrillers and you don't pick too much at the story like me.
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.
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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
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