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The Night Before (Savannah #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,488 Ratings  ·  194 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
Oct 19, 2015 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather plodding, contrived thriller that was good enough to keep me reading, but not good enough to make me seek out this particular author again. And, oddly, the author seemed to have an obsession with smoking. Countless times, characters were lighting up and almost every one of them smoked. Yet none of it was germane to the story, so the constant mention of it seemed distracting and weird.
Jul 12, 2010 Kari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skimmed, 2010
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
Jul 06, 2014 Debbie Heaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 19, 2014 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly Moran
Jul 13, 2008 Kelly Moran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alasandra Alawine
Caitlyn Montgomery Bandeaux has her share of problems including a vindictive soon to be ex. When she wakes up to a bedroom covered in blood and with no memory of what happened the night before her day only gets worse when the police arrive on her doorstep with news of her husbands death.

Desperate for help when her therapist's ex-husband (Adam) arrives in town looking for Rebbecca, Caitlyn turns to him for professional help. But slowly one by one members of Caitlyn's family fall to the killer and
Jan 23, 2016 Kellie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. The book itself was ok. Just another run of the mill suspense/crime book. The few twists there were, were pretty predictable. The perspective of the detectives seemed completely useless to me. Neither of them added anything to the story except misogyny and.... nope, that's about it. The ending was entirely disappointing. The killer was caught (somehow, honestly we aren't given much insight as to how they figured out where to find the killer) and then we're snapped into the ending chapter wh ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2015
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
Feb 21, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2014 Samantha Porter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More 4.5 stars then 5.

Very good book. Lots of twists and turns.
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
Nov 06, 2015 Gracie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not a living soul
Recommended to Gracie by: Her New Orleans series
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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
Apr 04, 2016 Mac rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lots of people have mentioned that the love story in this book is completely inappropriate but that they liked the book despite it. I didn't feel the same. The story line could have possibly been good and interesting but I couldn't get past the love story that made me feel so awkward. I didn't like reading the book from Caitlyn's perspective. I didn't like being in her head. I will stick with the authors other series.
Jan 18, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Web designer and trust fund recipient Caitlyn Bandeaux wakes up in her bed, covered with blood, remembering nothing from the previous night. She then discovers that her soon to be ex-husband was found dead in his home the night before, only a short distance from Caitlyn's house. This is not the first time Caitlyn has experienced a blackout with no memory of the time lost. This is also not the first time a member of Caitlyn's family has met an untimely demise. Caitlyn is beginning to fear that sh ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michelle Hite
Sep 17, 2015 Michelle Hite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful and unpredictable

The Night Before is full of murder and a complicated plot. Through most of the book, all the clues point to Caitlyn as being the murder. And with mental illness, thrown into the plot she seems to be the perfect candidate. However, the twists keep coming right up to the end of the story. Would recommend this story to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Anna Mcfadden
Nov 09, 2015 Anna Mcfadden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlyn Montgomery Bandeaux woke up with herself and her room cover in blood that turns out to be her estranged husbands. she has no memory of the night before. psycgologist Adam Hunt goes to Savannah Georgia looking for Rebecca Hunt, who 1 day just disappear. When the cops starts to believing Caitlyn kill her husband, and more people are being killed, and she has more black outs she seeks out Adam Hunt for help.
Nov 12, 2009 Beckie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2015 Wanita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 29, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 04, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy Mills
Dec 15, 2015 Wendy Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very intriguing story. Caitlyn Montgomery has had a tormented, tragic life that becomes increasingly worse as one tragedy after another befalls her. She wonders if she’s really to blame for some of them or is there someone more sinister behind it all?I was once again captivated by the twisted plots that the author weaves into all of her books.
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.

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