After Nightfall by A.J. Banner

After Nightfall

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 cele...

Details After Nightfall

TitleAfter Nightfall
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews After Nightfall

  • Meredith
    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, sh...
  • Debra
    4.5 StarsMarissa 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...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    4 Suspense Filled, Trust No One Stars for After NightfallLauren 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...
  • 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 peop...
  • Kaceey
    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 woul...
  • Susanne Strong
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    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 act...
  • 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 ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    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 Housewiv...
  • Melisa
    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 ...
  • Shannon
    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 ...
  • 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 ba...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    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 a...
  • 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 p...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    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. N...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    After Nightfall is a very typical style thriller in a similar style to Pretty Little Liars and The Last Time I Lied. While I did find it was well-written, I didn't find it very original, although it's still a likable story, if not a bit creepy. Following main character Marissa caught up in a terrible mess involving a deceased friend, After Nightfall starts out with a lot of crazy friendship drama that quickly goes bad when someone dies on the bea...
  • Marialyce
    2 boy I didn't care for this one starsSometimes 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 s...
  • Kendall
    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 hi...
  • Jayme
    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 N...
  • DJ Sakata
    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 gifte...
  • Amy
    4.5/5I’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 o...
  • sandeep
    4/5 StarsMarissa 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, s...
  • Erin Clemence
    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...
  • Kristy
    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 b...
  • Judy Collins
    Happy Pub Day! 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 th...
  • Mandy White
    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 ...
  • Monica
    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.
  • Tammy
    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...
  • 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 ...