Once again, I’m reading about emotionally wrecked women.
The Night Before is about a woman who is down on her luck, after leaving her high paying Wall Street job and life in Manhattan over a guy, sets to put herself back out there on the dating scene. She goes on a date and doesn’t return to her sister’s home the following morning. Worried that something might have happened, Rosie tries to find her sister and discovers more secrets than she could have ever imagined.
The perspectives of the chapters shifts from sister to sister and from the Night Before to the present day. A couple of times we get transcripts from sessions of Laura with her therapist, but they are just inserted in and we have no context for them.
Several times Laura is lured into a car with a man she doesn’t know well, including going back to his place ON THEIR FIRST DATE. Everything in me was screaming for her to get out of there. Everything in HER was saying get out of there but her inability to love herself makes her stay for the glimmer of a possibility that finally this man will think she is “enough”.
All of this behavior screams that she is a love addict. Her constant reassurances that the men she is with are well meaning, creating a tableau in her head of what they might be instead of who they really are.
The second half of the book came quickly and as a shock with reveal after reveal after reveal and then an over explained version of events in the last chapter. As if we could not infer what was going on from the last chapters.
I did love the sibling dynamics explored in this book. It’s possible to have a family and really not have a grasp on who they really are. It’s worse when they are struggling with the question for themselves. I think everyone knows what it feels like to be lost.
I enjoyed the complexity of the plot; using miscommunication as a plot device is also a pet peeve of mine but it was executed well here.
Overall it’s a good travel read. It’s quick and twisted.