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After Nightfall

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,532 ratings  ·  722 reviews
Beware of friends with secrets…

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.

Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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LCA Ruth Ware is one of my fave mystery writers- and even though I enjoyed this book too, they're quite different in plot and characters. …moreRuth Ware is one of my fave mystery writers- and even though I enjoyed this book too, they're quite different in plot and characters. (less)

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Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After Nightfall is a decent mystery with a solid twist.

When Marissa and Nathan throw an engagement dinner party, things don’t go as planned. Lauren, Marissa’s former childhood best friend, continuously flirts with Nathan, even though her husband Jensen is present. Making things worse, upon accepting Nathan’s proposal, Nathan’s 9-year-old daughter is visibly upset, as is his sister-in-law, Hedra.

When Lauren abruptly leaves the party, she tells Marissa she needs to speak with her about Natha
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 Stars

Marissa Parlette appears to have it all in the beginning of this book. She is happy, has a good job and is in love. She and her fiancé, Nathan are hosting a dinner party to celebrate their engagement. Among the guest are Marissa's childhood best friend, Lauren and her husband, Jensen. Lauren betrayed Marissa years ago in college and recently has been attempting to reconcile with Marissa and rekindle their friendship. But if she wants to rekindle their relationship, they why is she so op
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Suspense Filled, Trust No One Stars for After Nightfall

Lauren and Marissa were childhood friends who have been estranged since a falling out in college. They are tenuously trying to rekindle their friendship, years later, when circumstances bring Lauren and her husband back into Marissa's life as her fiancé Nathan's neighbors. On the night of Marissa and Nathan's engagement party Lauren winds up dead. Did she jump? Did she slip? Was she pushed?

This was a suspenseful psychological thriller pa
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Secrets, secrets are no fun…

How well do we know those we consider closest to us? Our friends, our partner, our family… Do we really know their secrets? Can we tell if they are keeping something from us, or does our love for them blind us to the lies? Would we know if we were betrayed? Would we survive it?

This is my first book by A. J. Banner and I really love the way she writes! Her characters are very rich and developed. They feel like people you would know. The story feels like one that co
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
A rapid-paced thriller that had some moments, but overall it was just an ok read for me. I think I prefer my thrillers just a bit darker. (Just a tiny bit🙈)

What should have been an exciting dinner party to announce Marissa's engagement, turns sour with everyone selfishly caught up in their own issues and agendas.
The following morning, a member of the dinner party is found dead. Can the police find the killer before they strike again? Who would have the motive to commit murder?

This book just fel
Diane S ☔
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think the more of these so called thrillers I read, the higher the bar is raised. This was a thinky veiled plot,with much repetition, and to be honest often didn't make much sense. Maybe not enough context given for some of the subsequent actions taken by the characters. Although this book was already relatively short in pages, it could have been even shorter without the repetition, and the going over and over the same details, thoughts and actions by the main character. I was not thrilled, no ...more
Susanne  Strong
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.25 Stars* (rounded down)

Marissa couldn’t be happier - she has finally found the man of her dreams: Nathan, a single dad to Anna, and an EMT. Kind, caring and loving - he is everything she has been looking for. If only Marissa’s former best friend Lauren didn’t ruin their engagement party by all out flirting with her fiancé, it’s so embarrassing! Especially with Lauren’s husband Jasper watching. Lauren has some nerve! When Marissa and Nathan announce their engagement, Lauren panics, dashing out
Holly  B
I read this in just over a day and found it to be engrossing. It had just enough drama to keep me guessing without getting repetitive or weighed down in details. I really enjoyed how the author threw in so many clues along the way that kept me guessing and wondering what would happen next.

Lauren and Marissa were the best of friends until the sexy Lauren betrayed her in the worst of ways. Marissa does move on though and years later invites Lauren and her husband, Jensen to her engagement party. 
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've read all three of Banner's novels to date, but I have to say that After Nightfall is easily my favorite. Her books have that snappy feel of an oversized novella, meaning they are shorter reads that you can blow through in a single sitting, but she gives you all the details you want without weighing down the suspense with too many unnecessary thoughts. Her stories are suspenseful, compulsive, and insert the kind of drama that us Real Housewives fans crave in these types of novels. The blurb ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A super fast paced and entertaining whodunnit!

I seriously read this one in less than 24 hours. The page count is relatively short, the pace is fast, and you will want to know what happened ASAP.

It starts with a dinner party at Nate’s house where you get a bit of a background on the characters, and afterwards one of the guests is found dead. What happened? Was it an accident or a murder? Who knows something? These are all questions you will as yourself over and over as you read this book.

The ma
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to AJ Banner for sending me a copy of After Nightfall. I flew through this in just a day! This doesn’t come out till August but after reading the description I knew I had to get to it first.

Marissa and Lauren use to be besties. They grew up together and went to college together. After a betrayal that tore them apart they stopped talking to each other. Years went by until they spoke again. Lauren and her husband move in their new house which is right next to Marissa’s fiancé. S
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: I'm close enough now to see. The pile of kelp is not kelp at all, and it's not a clump of clothing. It's a woman in a long black coat. She’s lying on her stomach, her head turned to the side, her legs at a peculiar angle, one bent backward. She’s barefoot. Her dark hair blows across her face.

I rush toward her, kneel next to her. I'm lightheaded, afraid I might faint. I try to shake her, but she doesn't respond. A part of me pulls back, suspended outside my body, watching from a distanc
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I read this one awhile back with my Traveling Sisters and I am finally just writing a review for this one. It's short and maybe not so sweet.

After Nightfall is a fast-paced, quick easy and short read with a little suspense. The dynamics between the characters are messy with some drama to drive the story forward. However, for us twisted sisters we like our thrillers to be a little darker and twister.

Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and A. J. Banner for an ARC to read and review
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I had to read this one after reading some rave reviews. I am so glad that I did!

Marissa finds the lifeless body of her old friend on the beach, having seemingly fallen from a cliff. Did she jump? Or was she pushed? Marissa is plagued with guilt and anger over events long ago, and makes it her mission to discover what happened to Lauren. However, the truth gives her more than what she bargained for.

What a stunner of a little novel! It was almost perfect! A fabulously creepy and tense story that g
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Marissa is celebrating her boyfriend Nick’s birthday by having a small dinner at his home. The evening does not go well due to Marissa’s childhood friend Lauren incessantly flirting with all the male guests. Marissa and Lauren’s friendship was recently restored when Lauren moved next door but this night she is acting strangely. The night weighs on the guests including Nick’s sister in law, Hedra, who is withdrawn throughout the evening. Nick’s tween daughter avoids the adults and spends the even ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
2 boy I didn't care for this one stars

Sometimes a book just irks you. You find it repetitive, dull, and boorish, at times wondering if you are just on thriller overload or if this book was just not appealing to you. After Nightfall falls into the category of a book that I found dull. The story, seemed so improbable and the main character seemed to think everyone was the killer. She called 911 so often that hopefully her phone had that number on speed dial. For me, this tale was certainly disappo
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s the night of Marissa’s engagement party.

In attendance will be her fiancée, Nathan and his daughter Anna. Nathan’s brother Keith and his wife, Hedra. And, their neighbors, her childhood best friend, Lauren and her husband, Jenson.

It should be an evening of celebration and new beginnings.

But Anna seems upset by the announcement. Keith and Hedra are quarreling. And, Lauren is drinking too much wine and unapologetically flirting with Nathan, right in front of Marissa and Jenson.

Lauren has to
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
After Nightfall is a very quick and easy read!

A.J Banner does an excellent job with casting doubt on all of her characters. I was questioning everyone in this book! Surprisingly with my detective skills, I didn't guess the murderer until the end! Yay to that :).

How well do you know the people that are closest to you? How well do you really think you know your best friends? Would you be able to feel something if one of your closest friends was hiding something? Yikes... this is always the worst
DJ Sakata
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quote:

There is something timeless and otherworldly about birds, the surviving descendants of dinosaurs. Evidence of past eons. I could take comfort in knowing that, millions of years from now, our lives will amount to nothing but a cosmic hiccup.

My Review:

Once I picked up this addictive book I resented any intrusion or interruption and could not willingly put my Kindle down. It was stellar! This was my first experience reading this gifted author and I greedily want all her words, she ha
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I’ve read and enjoyed all three of Banner’s books but I have to say, After Nightfall is my favorite to date. It’s the perfect summer mystery, it’s not too heavy and is on the shorter side making a quick read that you could devour poolside, yet it does have enough darkness and depth to give it some bite making it the ideal vacation read and yet another book I’m recommending you add to your summer TBR.

I mentioned before that it’s on the shorter side which means Banner wastes no time with fill
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, arcs
4/5 Stars

Marissa Parlette is celebrating her engagement with her fiancé when she decides to invite the friend that had utterly betrayed her many years ago as a gesture of reconciliation. But only to find her battered, lifeless body found at the bottom of a rocky cliff after an awful night. Questions start arising, desperate to find answers Marissa digs deep into the events of the party and her love ones.

This book was full of suspense, murder, secrets, betrayal and very well written.

The charact
Erin Clemence
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!

Marissa has just gotten engaged to Nathan, and to celebrate, she hosts a dinner party hoping that it would hold a dual purpose- she can reconcile her relationships with her oldest friend, Lauren. However, as the night wears on and tensions mount, the night goes from bad to worse when Lauren’s body is found on the beach, battered and broken after an apparent fall of a rocky cliff.
Judy D Collins
Bestselling author, A.J. Banner returns following The Twilight Wife with her best yet—AFTER NIGHTFALL. 5 Stars ++ Top Books of 2018. Banner carefully conceals hidden motives and secrets to the startling conclusion. A well-written taut page-turning “whodunit”—hooks you from the first page and never lets up.

An utterly mesmerizing twisty tale. Where everyone is a suspect— in this chilling and atmospheric psychological thriller. Banner masterfully showcases her creative talent for a brilliantly
Marissa Parlette is newly engaged to Nathan, an EMT, and working on integrating herself into his life and that of his young daughter, Anna. She is also trying to slowly reconcile with Nathan's neighbor, Lauren, who also happens to be Marissa's childhood best friend. The two parted ways after an incident in college. But then--after a dinner party at Nathan's to celebrate his birthday--Marissa awakens early and finds Lauren's battered body at the bottom of the cliff behind her house. What happened ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
After Nightfall had me hooked from the very beginning! It was quick read that had me wanting to turn pages to find out what happened next. And I did not pick where the story was going which makes it even better - love it when I am surprised.

Marissa and Lauren were childhood best friends - until Lauren betrayed her. Now they are starting to mend their friendship. And then Marissa finds Lauren dead on the beach the morning after a dinner party and she needs to know why. It is assumed that it was s
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: give-aways, netgalley
Wow! Great story with plenty of unexpected twists! I really enjoyed all the characters and the fast pace.

Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for an advanced readers copy.<\i>
After Nightfall is a perfect whodunit! The story moves at a fast pace and kept me guessing til the end with all the twists and turns!
Jess | thegreeneyedreader
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful from start to finish. I came up with multiple theories as I read this book. This is the kind of book that makes you suspect almost everyone. This is a short, exciting book worth reading if you enjoy a good page-turner.

Marissa Parlette holds a lot of old resentment toward her friend that she wants to put behind her as she begins a new chapter of her life with her fiancé. So she invites her friend to a dinner party to celebrate her engagement, but
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Banner has a way of just taking you right into the story. From the very first chapter you're left with questions and it continues throughout the entire novel.

At times the writing did feel a bit rushed and not as smooth as I have seen from other books by this author. Question. Answer. Him? Her? The best part is that you really don't know who the killer is. Doubts are cast on every character, which is always a fun read in my opinion. I am a little put off by the very last chapter. I'm not sure how
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of After Nightfall by A.J. Banner in exchange for an honest review.

I had trouble finishing this book, and put it down many times which I don't normally do with a novel that has been billed as a psychological thriller. The premise of the book was okay, but I would not call this novel thrilling.

The mystery surrounds the death of Lauren who may have fallen, been pushed, or committed suicide after being found dead at the bottom of a cliff. Lauren's death occurs r
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A. J. Banner grew up reading Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and other masters of love and mystery. She enjoyed sneaking thrillers from her parents' library, which gave her excellent fodder for her novels of psychological suspense, The Good Neighbor, The Twilight Wife, After Nightfall, and her upcoming release, The Poison Garden. The Good Neighbor was a #1 Kindle bestseller for 34 days in a ro ...more

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