#BookReview: After Nightfall by A.J. Banner #LakeUnionPublishing @LUAuthors

36505283I 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 how it 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.  She can’t believe it when Lauren proceeds to flirt with her fiance right under her nose. What is wrong with her? Maybe it is the wine or perhaps “her perfume is poisoning her brain.

I just loved the setting of this neighborhood on the beach with a steep staircase leading to the water.  It reminded me of a TV show I binged on called Revenge (which was so good btw). This one has a plot with many layers and perhaps a bit of revenge woven in.

Marissa puts on her detective hat and she starts noticing some things that don’t seem right. Nerves flare when she begins to question her fiance about his questionable behavior. A story of obsession and jealously with a surprising conclusion that left me saying but….wait….

If you like to be guessing until the end, this one is sure to entertain. Excellent summer read!

~Book Description~


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.

Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness? Desperate for answers, Marissa digs deep into the events of the party. But what she remembers happening after nightfall now carries sinister implications: the ugly sniping, the clandestine meetings, the drunken flirtations. The more she investigates, the more she questions everything she thought she knew about her friends, the man she once trusted, and even herself.

Bestselling author A. J. Banner keeps readers on a razor-sharp edge in this intricately plotted novel of psychological suspense…in which nothing is as it seems.


Available today on Amazon






  1. I always love a good frenemy story 😀

    I think i used to watch Revenge… if it’s the one i think of: some blonde chick trying to marry a dude whose family put her dad in jail or something like that.

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    • Frenemy is a perfect word! Revenge is on Netflix and it took a couple episodes to get into and then……I binged on it and Loved it! Yes, all kinds of twists went on!

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