Review By Veronica

The Murder After the Night Before is another dark and twisted thriller by Katy Brent.

Favourite Quote:

‘I can’t believe you’ve known me less than twenty-four hours and you’ve already seen me vomit, ugly cry and fellate a stranger on the internet,’ I say, although ‘wail’ would have been a better attribution.

‘Yes,’ Jack agrees, solemnly. ‘None of those were on my Molly Monroe bingo card,’

‘You should go.’ I sniff. ‘I’m clearly some sort of harbinger of doom. You should go before something terrible happens to you.’

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Something bad happened last night. My best friend Posey is dead. The police think it was a tragic accident. I know she was murdered.

I’ve woken up with the hangover from hell, a stranger in my bed, and I’ve gone viral for the worst reasons.

There’s only one thing stopping me from dying of shame. I need to find a killer.

But after last night, I can’t remember a thing…

Katy’s debut novel, How to Kill Men and Get Away with It, was one of my favourite books from last year. It was dark and twisted and surprisingly funny. So, when I saw that Katy had a new book coming out that sounded just as dark, twisted, and funny, I knew I needed to read it. I am happy to say that this is another easy-to-read and very addictive story by Katy. Her books are just so easy to sink into. I started this book one night, and before I knew it, I was over halfway through it.  There is a bit more of a mystery component to this story than her previous book, which I enjoyed. In this book, we are introduced to Molly, who is waking up with a terrible hangover. She has no memory of what happened the night before; what she does know is there is a gorgeous man in her bed. As the day progresses, things get progressively worse for Molly. She’s gone viral on the internet for all the wrong reasons, and she found her best friend and roommate dead in her bathtub. Molly soon realizes that there is something fishy about Posey’s death, and she will have to figure out what the hell happened that night to figure out what really happened to Posey. With some help from Jack (the gorgeous mystery man), Molly sets out to find Posey’s killer.

This is not a light thriller. Katy touches upon some dark and tough topics but does so with thought and care. There is humour in this book, but it’s a dark kind of humour, which I love. I loved that balance between this twisty and slightly horrifying mystery and these moments that had me chuckling. Some bookworms have been comparing this book to the movie The Hangover if it had a murder mystery twist to it, and I get where they can find the similarities. There are some wild moments in this book, and the banter can be fun and witty at times. Even in those darker moments in the story, the dialogue just flowed beautifully between the characters. I think that is why this book is just so easy to read.

The mystery part of this book is interesting and full of unexpected twists and turns. As I was reading this story, I loved watching all these connections form. Everything that happens in this story, happens for a reason and I thought Katy did a brilliant job at bringing everything together for that final climax at the end of the story. It was really well done.

Thank you, HarperCollins Canada, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.