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The Murder After the Night Before

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Gloriously Compelling..
Hot on the heels of ‘How to Kill Men and Get Away With It’ comes ‘The Murder After the Night Before’ because, well, of course it does and it does so in a true flurry of edgy, dark humour and deadly doings. Molly has has a good night, or perhaps a bad one as it turns out, and she cannot remember a thing. What she does know is that she’s nursing the worlds biggest hangover, that there’s a stranger in her bed, that she’s gone internet viral and…..that her flatmate appears to be dead. Packed with twists and turns, bubbling with humour and populated with a deftly drawn and appealing cast this is another gloriously compelling read.

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This is the second book I've read of Katy Brents (I recommend checking out "How to Kill Men and Get Away With It). Not as darkly comic as her debut novel, but still had some funny moments and a tale fitting of our age. Overall, it was very well written and the story tied up neatly in the end, which was no mean feat. I really liked the characters, especially Molly and the story touches on assault, suicide, murder and the overwhelming power of social media trolls. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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I was instantly drawn to this book as I loved the authors first book and this is yet another amazing book from Katy Brent. I flew through this book in just over a day and like the first book I love her blend of thriller and comedy and the book is very relatable. I do think I preferred the first book but looking forward to see what this author writes next. I would recommend this book to anyone as it will appeal to many. Thanks to netgalley for sending me a copy of this arc in exchange for my honest review. I want to give this 4.5 stars but don't have the option on the rating system below.

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ARC Review - The Murder After The Night Before ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.75

Molly wakes up with the hangover from hell after a messy work Christmas do to find a man in her bed she doesn’t recognise, no battery on her phone and no recollection of her night out.

Things aren’t great when Molly arrives at work to find out she’s the new viral sensation for the worst reasons, but they only get worse once she returns home..

What started as a fun night out quickly turns into a murder enquiry that only Molly seems to be investigating. If she’s got any chance of finding the truth, she’ll have to piece together the night before, and perhaps a few other things too.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, HQ and Katy Brent for giving me the opportunity to read The Murder After The Night Before ahead of its release in February 2024. I’ve never downloaded and started reading an ARC so fast in my life 🤩

Last year I was lucky enough to also read an ARC of Katy’s debut hit novel How To Kill Men And Get Away With It and to say I was OBSESSED would be an understatement! I couldn’t put that book down and the same goes for this one. Katy’s writing is witty, addictive, and constantly keeps you guessing. The perfect blend of humour and mystery.

You’ll love this book if you like:
🩸an unreliable narrator
🩸books with social commentary
🩸scavenger hunt for clues

Katy Brent has absolutely solidified herself as one of my auto-buy authors! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next 🤭

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What Katy Did...she only went and did it again! After a super debut novel "How To Kill Men and Get Away With It", she followed it up with another sparkling read.

I love how in both books Brent gets straight into the heart of the story, gripping the reader immediately. Her central characters are lively, modern women with hopes, fears and faults like the rest of us and while her stories can be parked under the rather dull heading of "crime-thrillers', they have an original slant that makes them stand out from the crowd.

This latest offering is smart, sassy, sometimes sad and frequently funny, plus a great "whodunnit", but it is so much more. The novel is threaded with a sharp exploration of grief and loss - not only as a result of death, but also lost dreams, relationships and planned futures. The immediate and long-term effects of loss underpin the narrative and provide the book with a thoughtful side that one might not expect from a glance at the cover and the blurb.

Bravo Katy Brent!

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Katy Brent is fast becoming one of my "go to" authors.

This book really hits the ground running with some great characters that just jump off the page.

Molly was on a work night out last night. She's woken up with a handsome stranger in her bed (fully clothed, obvs) and her phone is dead and she has big black gaps where her memories ought to be.
Although she does have a vague idea of arguing with someone last night. But who?
As she drags herself to work, she's sure that she's being given "looks" from others on the commute. Her phone still isn't turning on and she tells herself she's being paranoid.

But she's not.

When she gets to work, before her BFF at work can say anything, Molly is summoned into see the Boss. This is where Molly discovers that she's gone viral - and not in a good way.

I loved this book. The characters were realistic and became people that you believed in, that you were rooting for.
Molly is an absolute mess and it's easy to see why and to sympathise with her ... to a point.

I can't wait for more people to read this.

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Amazing ! Absolutely loved it !!! I was a massive massive fan of how to kill men then Molly came along !!! And omg I think I enjoyed this one even more ! Such an addictive read that keeps you guessing right till the very very final line !!!!! Likeable and unlikeable characters proper belly laughs and also such sad moments ! Loved every second !!! Easiest 5 star read this year ! Thank you for the chance to read this !!!!!!

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I absolutely adored Katy Brent's debut novel, How to Kill Men and Get Away With It, so I was beyond excited to read her next release.
Immediately you find yourself in Molly's shoes and experiencing the nightmarish reality she finds herself in.
Molly is instantly relatable and she was the type of protagonist who had me hooked.
This had the perfect blend of dark comedy and an investigative thriller.
I found the humour to be spot on and liked the commentary on slut shaming. However, things started to get a little too unbelievable for me at points, which was a real shame.
The whole section where Patrick is threatening her near the end was a little too OTT for me but I did like seeing Molly become the investigative journalist that she never thought she could become.
It was a real page turner and I can't wait to see what Katy Brent does next.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Katy Brent knows how to write a story that will keep you entertained. She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors with her dark humour.
Its the night of the office party for a girls magazine. Molly Monroe is out to celebrate. However, she over indulges and awakes the next morning with no recollection of the night before and with a stranger in her bed. Dragging herself to work she discovers she is an internet sensation. Manly due to an X-rated video that has hit the media. She is sent home and just wants to talk to her flatmate Posey. However, Posey is missing and she is soon to be discovered dead.
Molly must use her journalist skills to discover what happened the night before. And what happened to Posey.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to see an ARC.

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Loved this book although I have to admit not quite as much as How To Kill Men And Get Away With It. I loved the fact that the book title actually reflects the main storyline and is not one that looks as if the words in the title were chosen at random and with a blindfold and pin.
There are several themes progressing at once and you feel sure that they must be linked somehow but you have no idea how or why.
The book does lack the humour of the last one but the storyline hardly lends itself to jokes or sarcasm.
The revealing of 'whodunnit' is spaced out and is very clever as you are never quite certain who is the culprit or even if he/she is involved.
Definitely a book worth reading.
I'm not sure why we have to have a tap described as a faucet for our American readers. The book is clearly good old UK and surely a tap (aka Faucet) would suffice?

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Katy Brent is one of my favorite authors. This is the second book of hers that I have absolutely enjoyed, and I couldn't function properly until all the pages have been absorbed by my greedy mind. I simply don't know how she does it, but Katy certainly knows how to spin a story that within some of these lines, you might even find yourself laughing or possibly even relating to.

Thank you, Natasha, from Harper Collins, and of course, a big thank you to Katy Brent for this advance reader's copy! What can I say? I am secretly hoping that there will be a third book brewing sometime soon!

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Having read this, I have reached a singular conclusion; this author possesses a talent for creating unforgettable characters. From the previous Kitty Collins to this fresh addition, Molly Monroe, aka 'Mucky Molly'. (IFYKY!) This is another smash hit read by Katy Brent!

I highly recommend this book for its exceptional ability to keep the reader on the edge of their seat with its thrilling suspense and well-executed dark comedy scenes. In addition, the incorporation of social media into the story is a masterful touch that makes it a modern and realistic read, as it accurately portrays how quickly a video can spread and how quickly events can spiral out of control in the digital age. The plot moves quickly and all elements come together seamlessly for a satisfying conclusion that will leave readers feeling satisfied and fulfilled. Personally, I would have finished it even faster if I wasn't so busy with other commitments at the time, but even with my limited reading time, I found it to be a page-turner that I couldn't put down.

If you are seeking a captivating and immersive book that provides a unique form of distraction, then this is a must-read to add to your TBR list!

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Mollie is a 32 year old journalist on a pre teen magazine who is going to the companies Christmas party. The book starts out very amusingly but quickly turns into a mystery thriller after Molly is filmed in the street giving a stranger oral sex. This is then put onto the Internet which goes viral with all the vicious come backs you would expect.
However far more is afoot when she wakes up the following morning with a strange man beside her.

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Oh so amazing. Yes it was funny and zipped along and gripped me, but it also opened my eyes to the emotional side too. Such a good read, the book grabbed me and made me want to go back and read all Katy’s back catalogue again. Her books always get me excited to read them and this just didn’t disappoint.

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Twisted and witty. A really well written story that kept me turning the pages. I would definitely recommend.

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Another amazing outing from Katy Brent. Having loved her first novel I ran through this finishing it in one sitting. Love her blend of thriller and comedy so very relatable

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Ohhh The Murder after the Night Before is a delicious read!

It touches on the stigma of having a video go viral, revenge porn and intense victim blaming. Mollie, our main character, has to navigate all of this, while also waking up and discovering that her roommate and best friend has passed away.
The police close the case an accident, but Mollie is certain this was murder! She deepdives into solving the case, simultaneously also navigating the fallout of her viral moment

Well written and interesting, it unfortunately tapers off near the end, and was quite predictable!

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This book was just SOMETHING ELSE!! I was ridiculously excited to be able to read the next Katy Brent book as I LOVED her last book and I did feel there was a high standard set for this new release but it was even better than I was expecting it to be. The main thing that I adore about Katy Brent's books is absolutely her humour. I found myself laughing out loud so many times at some of the stuff that Molly was saying, she was hilarious! so that definitely had me gripped instantly. The story itself was brilliant, the beginning of the book honestly reels you in for many reasons but the story starts to unpack pretty quickly and you're just obsessed with the mystery surrounding the story. I suddenly didn't trust any of the characters and was questioning everybody because the mystery was just brilliant and then the plot twists! honestly it was written so well, there was a couple of times that I wanted to shake Molly for not realising things quicker but then I also didn't guess quite a bit of the reveals so there we go!

One of the things I loved most about this book and also Katy Brent's last book is that although there's the humour and the mystery , there's also some very real and very serious topics that always get included that are so thought provoking to the reader and I found this one particularly, really emotional. There was a lot about grief included in the story and how it can affect you. I just loved the balance between the emotional, serious subject matters and then the humour and the distracting mystery too. I also loved (can you tell how much I BLOODY LOVED it) that there was actually so much that happened in this book but the pace was PERFECT. there was never a moment where it started to slow down too much but it wasn't overwhelming or confusing at all. I found it to be a perfect pace where it was such a page turner, you always wanted to know what happened you always kept reading it "just one more chapter.." style and suddenly you've finished the book in a day or two and then afterwards, when you think about everything about happened you realised that actually LOADS of stuff went on but at no point did it become too much, because (and yes ill say it again) it was just done perfectly. I think this may be my favourite read of the year and I absolutely will be reading everything and anything that Katy Brent releases in the future.

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A cleverly written and gripping book that I know I’m going to have a book hangover from for a while that I took my time reading because I didn’t want to stop reading and much like the author’s other amazing read has moments of a dark humour that fits in with the story. I’m really looking forward to reading what Katy Brent writes next.

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Katy Brent's second novel is just as good as her debut - 'How to Kill Men and Get Away With It' - if not better.
Molly Monroe - a journalist for a girl's magazine, flatmate of Posey celebrates a little too much on a staff Christmas night out.
It's these celebrations that set off a catastrophic chain of events for Molly - she ends up trending on social media due to being caught performing an act outside of a bar on an unidentified man. However, this is just the start of Molly's problems - who is the man that she has woken up to, where is her flatmate and why does the next-door neighbour think she is another slag?

Katy's writing is witty and relatable, it's a book that most young women can identify with. We've all had a bit too much to drink on a night out and regretted our actions but perhaps not to the same length that Molly does.
The Murder After the Night Before also has a great twist at the end.

Recommendable read - an author to watch out for!

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