Thank you to Amazon Publishing for sending me a free copy of After Nightfall in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Amazon:
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.
After Nightfall definitely falls into the caregory of ‘domestic thriller’ so fans of Lianne Moriarty will really love this one. Unfortunately, I did not. This is a short novel so it’s a super fast read, but I also think the short length caused a lack of depth in the characters. I wasn’t really able to relate to any of them. The writing itself is well done and the pacing is good so I was wondering what would happen and was still turning pages. In the end, this novel was a little too much on the domestic side of domestic thrillers and I am just not crazy about that.
Overall, I simply was not the right reader for this book. I’m going to rate After Nightfall at two stars becuase it wasn’t bad but it was just underdeveloped overall for my taste.