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Caitlyn Montgomery Bandeaux, a member of the wealthy Mongtgomery family, wakes up to find blood in her bedroom, forgotten periods of memory, and her about-to-be ex-husband dead. Police suspect her, but as more and more of the family is found murdered, she gets help from her psychologist and love-interest, Adam Hunt. While looking for her missing sister, Caitlyn, by chance, finds the murderess with her, and prays that Adam or the police will save her from certain death.
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The review of this Book prepared by Angela Maresma

Caitlin Montgomery Bandeaux awakens to a bloodied room and the loss of her memory of the night before. Caitlin cannot recall what she did after leaving the bar, another of the black-outs that have plagued her since a boating accident a few years before. Soon, she becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her estranged husband and the quickly disappearing Montgomery clan. Her wealth and power cannot save her from the mental illness that she has suffered from since the death of her child and the brutal indifference of her husband and family. Worst of all, she is unable to contact her twin sister, Kelly or her psychiatrist who has suddenly disappeared. The police stand ready to arrest her for a series of horrific murders and she has only Adam Hunt, a new and mysterious doctor. To him she confides her fears and the frightening dreams. Plagued by phone calls from her dead daughter, Caitlin must track down the killer to save her own life and her sanity.
The review of this Book prepared by Sheri Dornhecker

Zebra, Mar 2003, 6.99, 464 pp.
ISBN: 0821769367

In Savannah, Caitlyn Bandeaux is covered with blood, but has no idea why or what happened last night. She blames her memory loss on alcohol. After she cleans up, Police Detectives Reed and Morrisette inform her that someone brutally murdered her estrange spouse Josh. She remains the prime suspect with a strong motive and opportunity since he was suing her in the wrongful death of their infant son Jamie and her blood type was found at the crime scene. Still the cops realize that Josh had many enemies from his unscrupulous business dealings and his womanizing.

Caitlyn asks her twin Kelly for help, but her sibling initially fails to return her desperate calls. As she suffers more blackouts and strange flashes, she turns to psychiatrist Adam Hunt though Kelly objects. Adam has an agenda of his own while the truth begins to surface inside Caitlyn's mind one slow drip at a time.

Fans of Lisa Jackson's “Blooded” novels will want to read THE NIGHT BEFORE, an exciting romantic psychological suspense filled with plenty of twists, albeit too many. The story line grips the audience as Caitlyn struggles to regain her equilibrium by trying to learn why she blacks out (read the twist to learn why) but also falling in love with Adam. Some of the loose ties from the “Blooded” novels are answered in this tale that includes the appearance of New Orleans Detective Montoya. Ms. Jackson will return to all the lists while her audience anxiously awaiting the sequel, THE MORNING AFTER.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   psychiatrist investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   amnesia Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes

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