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Ten After Closing

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  63 reviews
“Told in alternating perspectives and timelines, this is one unnerving thriller that’s destined to make its mark.” ―Dahlia Adler for Barnes & Noble, BN TEEN Blog

10PM: Closing time at Café Flores. The door should be locked, but it isn't, Scott Bradley and Winsome Sommervil are about to become hostages.

TEN MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING: Scott's girlfriend breaks up with him in the
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Two Rivers Distribution
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*Review provided by the publisher for an honest review - thanks so much for sending me over one, but it didn't change my opinion!!*

You can tell this author has a PhD in psychology, because my goodness, the character's reactions and motivations were so right on. I was super impressed.

From the moment I've heard about this book, I've been quite intrigued. I mean, two teens get stuck in a robbery gone super wrong at a restaurant with some unrequited love thrown in? I mean, it could go super wrong b
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, arcs, ya
Scott and Winny were already having a pretty bad day, but it turned deadly ten minutes after closing.

• Pro: The format of this book was brilliant. It was told from before and after "closing". After moved forward and focused primarily on the hold-up, while before moved backward and focused largely on Winny and Scott's family issues and feelings for each other. The flips were well orchestrated, and the backward storytelling kept me curious.

• Pro: I got the impression, that Winny and Scott were bo
Lauren Stoolfire
Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss has the potential to be a hard hitting YA contemporary about everything leading up to and surrounding a hostage situation, which includes domestic violence. As it turns out, it never quite lives up to that promise. It's not for lack of trying, but my main issue is that I never quite connected to any of the characters to the degree that I should have in order to be all that concerned over their fates. I didn't know enough about them even though we get a good d ...more
Megan Collins
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling, captivating, inventive—TEN AFTER CLOSING by Jessica Baylor was such a wild ride. Scott and Winny are two teens under the immense pressure of their parents’ expectations; for Winnie, she’s expected to go to med school, despite her love for the arts, and for Scott, he’s expected to provide for and protect his family as his drunk and abusive father spins even more out of control. But everything changes for them when they’re held as hostages in the cafe where Scott works. For the next few ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Since TEN AFTER CLOSING was one of my most anticipated new reads of September 2018, I felt more let down by the execution than I would have expecting an average read.

Recent high school graduates Scott and Winnie are among several hostages in a restaurant robbery. Told in both Scott’s and Winnie’s first and third person points of view the story line shifts throughout the day and evening of the incident.

Winnie suffocates under her one-dimensional parent’s’ expectations. Scott hopes his m
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This was one of my most-anticipated reads of this year, so I am terribly sad to say it was not my favorite.

Ten After Closing is told in two points-of-view. Scott is our first protag. He is working at a café to help out his mom with finances as his abusive father has recently lost his job and is now bumming it. The other protag/POV is Winny. Winny has a thing for Scott, so upon hearing that Scott has just been dumped, she is headed to the café with
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
***Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review***

First off, this was a quick and interesting read. I wouldn't say it was a thriller or really suspenseful in a big way...but it was good.

The character development was good for the most part. The story was told from the pov of two high school kids, Scott and Winny. The story also alternates between flashbacks and in the moment events. I kind of like that, but kind of don't....the flashbacks
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kit Frick
In timelines that alternate between the very recent past--before closing time at the cafe--and the harrowing present--after closing, but before the doors were locked--Jessica Bayliss's debut YA thriller, TEN AFTER CLOSING, carries readers through an armed hostage situation at a cafe from the dual perspectives of Scott and Winny, two teens caught in the crossfire. I'm such a sucker for dual POV and dual timeline narratives--a propulsive read! ...more
Amelinda Bérubé
Effortlessly juggles the past and the present on top of dual perspectives, gradually building not just a riveting hostage situation but characters (and a relationship!) worth rooting for. A fun and compelling read!
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten P.M. at Cafe Flores means closing time. But the night is just getting started for those inside the restaurant.

Scott Bradley, ever the dutiful employee, takes the closing shift at the last minute, covering for a friend. Scott is having one of the worst nights of his life. His girlfriend just dumped him, he is stuck working to pay for his family’s bills and he can’t go home for fear of his father’s abusive anger.

Winny Sommervil, the perceived dutiful daughter, goes to the cafe at the last minu
Kathy Martin
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TEN AFTER CLOSING is a story about some people taken hostage in a cafe. It is told from two viewpoints.

Scott is a recent high school graduate contemplating his future. He has offers with scholarships to a number of colleges but the best deal would keep him living at home for the next four years. His home is a battlefield. He is physically abused by his drunken father who lost his job over two years ago. His mother is a major enabler who is constantly making excuses for his father and ignoring
Amber Gregg -Judging More Than Just the Cover
"I would have sworn it was a lifetime ago that these men intruded on my mundane haven, but the clock tells me it hasn’t been fifteen minutes.”

Genre: Young Adult Thriller.
Number of Pages: 288.
Perspective: Alternating First/Third.

Ten After Closing follows teenagers Winny and Scott during an armed robbery gone wrong at a family-owned cafe.

This book is told in a present timeline starting from the stick-up, alternating between Winny and Scott’s first-person perspectives. AND it also works backward f
Huang Chu
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An effective thriller and character study. This is essentially a locked room story but because of the structure, which intercuts passages in the locked room with characters' backstory, it doesn't feel claustrophobic and doesn't rely strictly on tension. The characters were very easy to care about. Good, relatable kids made sympathetic with believable hopes, problems, inner conflicts, and regrets. We cared as much for how these kids' lives would play out if/when they got out of the central danger ...more
Sheri Velarde
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an advanced review copy of Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss and I am thrilled to have gotten to read this book. This is not the first time that I have read something by Ms. Bayliss, but it is the longest of her works that I have read and I really can't wait to read more novels by her. Ten After Closing is a gripping YA novel that is told from two points of view and from two timelines, one moving forward and one moving backwards to show the events leading to what hap ...more
Tech Ninja
Rating of 5/5, This is the first book by this author and it was absolutely AMAZING. The back and forth between Scott and Winnie and going forward and then back in time to find backstory is a unique way to handle plot and it def worked. Can't wait for the next book she writes, Definitely recommend this to anyone esp those who like YA novels ...more
David Neuner
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Bayliss masters the dual timeline in her exciting novel TEN AFTER CLOSING. I generally tend to be a slow reader, but the pacing of the story and the diverging timelines kept me engaged into the wee hours until I reached the exciting conclusion.
Cynthia Selena Soto Gonzalez
I could’ve gone with the dual perspective, but definitely WITHOUT the dual time line. In my opinion the author had a good story outline but tried for too much and fell flat. I expected more adrenaline out of the book and there wasn’t much of that either. I found myself dreading to continue reading so just decided to DNF.
Kayleigh Mihalko
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
What a great book! I loved this fast-paced thriller and was rooting for Winny and Scott the whole way through. This heist-gone-wrong story is told from both main character's point of views and switches from current time (after closing) to earlier in the day flash backs (before closing). ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one heck of a book to read! Roller coaster ride for sure! But yet a great page turner! The way each page plays into the next will have you turning them as fast as you possibly can. This is a book that will leaving you wanting more even though it doesn't have a cliff hanger, it will leave you not being able to walk away from it easily! ...more
T.M. Hall
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never come across a novel structured in this clever way - basically alternating between the events that happen 'ten after closing' at a cafe where the main character works, and also going further and further back into the past BEFORE the event happens. Truly unique plot and the reader is pulled along because the stakes grow higher and higher until there's no putting the book down. ...more
Jessica Bayliss
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for checking out my book! Here's what a few people are saying about TEN AFTER CLOSING:

“Told in alternating perspectives and timelines, this is one unnerving thriller that’s destined to make its mark.” ―Dahlia Adler for Barnes & Noble, BN TEEN Blog

"Both touching and terrifying. Be careful! You may actually burn your fingers reading TEN AFTER CLOSING. What starts as a spark turns into a raging inferno that you won't be able to put down. Wonderful characters + nail-biting tension = one fa
Derek Milman
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scott and Winny already have enough problems, but when they get stuck in the middle of a hold up at Cafe Flores, they both have to put their problems aside and fight for survival. Excellent pacing, which is an amazing feat considering the non-linear timeline. Quick and intense read that I really enjoyed!
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
An exciting read about a hostage situation gone very, very wrong. I enjoyed all the parts in the 'now' section; however, I found myself skimming the past sections. I'm sure they were meant to make points about the characters, but I found them dull and uninteresting and I didn't need them to understand what was happening.

A great read, one I'll heartily recommend.

"Ok, everyone," Pavan whispers to us as he comes around the counter with Twitch's coffee. "Just calm down. Those guys will be back soon.
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, thriller, arcs
Anyone who has worked at a restaurant knows closing time is the worst but this takes it to a whole new level.

“Ten Minutes After Closing” tells a story in two parts both before and after closing where Winny and Scott each have their day go from bad to worse when they find themselves hostages in a robbery. With very little time and far less chances of survival, they with the help of the other people hoping to survive the night do all they can to outsmart their captors with the hope of seeing tomo
Reader of Books
This was an exciting book, filled with lots of action, drama, and romance. When Scott, Winsom, Pavan, and a handful of others all get caught up in a hostage situation with three young men who are desperate for money in a tiny little restaurant, Scott tries to find a way to get them free and safe. But with a dead cell phone, one dead body, and the only real fighter in the small group taken hostage who was a veitnam war veteran shot in the leg…their chances aren’t looking so good.

The plot goes on,
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked to know what happened with Scott and his family after all this, other than that I enjoyed the book and how everything was wrapped up
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was interesting that the author alternated between past and present as well as povs. So we got to see what happened leading up to the hostage situation and what happens during it.
What I didn’t like was the ending. I felt like we didn’t get to see a resolution between Scott and his family. We got some sort of end for Winny but when it came to Scott it fell short.
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
I'm feeling a little conflicted about thoughts on this book. I went into it thinking it was going to be a really fast-paced, thrilling hold up in a cafe and what I got was a slightly deflated version of that expectation.

Thanks so much to Thomas Allan Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows Scott and Winny, the two main protagonists and POVs for the story. Scott is an employee at Cafe Flores and is working as many shifts
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Jessica Bayliss is a fiction author with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology who loves all things reading and writing. Author of the young adult horror novella, BROKEN CHORDS and YA thriller, TEN AFTER CLOSING , she has been a lover thrillers and ghost tales since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers. She also loves to eat, cook, and exercise—in th ...more

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