After Nightfall by A. J. Banner

My review

Who pushed Lauren off the cliff?

An enjoyable whodunit where everyone is a suspect. Every character has a twisted character in their past spreading their wicked influence into the present. The line between good and bad wavers. The main character Marissa, once the best friend of Lauren, finds herself swaying from one secret to the other.

My first book by author A. J. Banner, and the book captured me with easy prose, maintained tension, and a race to the finish. The author has understood how a murder mystery should be and has kept up the same fast pace from start to finish.

The protagonist Marissa, was a capable independent woman, she solved the mystery before the police. I wondered a bit about that. The cops are the last to know!!!

Could I guess the perpetrator? Nahhh!! I was so busy suspecting the obvious that I didn’t think of the angle of the plot revealed. So overall a good read on a cozy evening.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Lake Union Publishing, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4 stars

About the Author

Born in India and raised in North America, A. J. Banner received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Her previous novels of psychological suspense include The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife, a USA Today bestseller. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and six rescued cats.

Book blurb

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?

Product Details

Publication date : 7th August, 2018

Publisher : Lake Union Publishing

Language : English

Available on Amazon

A whodunit

25 thoughts on “After Nightfall by A. J. Banner

    1. Hey Leslie, you are a sweetheart… Oh yes, this week has been a heartbreak week, was ditched royally by someone I liked. Decided books were a safer bet. Hence I have reviews scheduled for the next week too… Yayyy me…


    1. It was a MAN who hurt me… And I do not even know the reason.. Just was blocked… If you are sending a dreg, can you send one who would love me rather than kicking the man’s arse. I would love Tony please pretty please
      Logan would tell me workout – bleh
      Noah would be a great help I can always ask Tony to get Noah to hack accounts
      The others are flirts.
      I am as damaged as Tony is on the inside so Tony is mighty fine. (P.S Tracker is already booked)


  1. I love that the review was short and to the point! 🙂 I love unresolvable (?) mysteries haha I mean I love to try to guess what is going to happen and how is the bad one! haha nice to know that the book is not that predictable! haha

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