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The Murder After the Night Before

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The way this book started had me laughing out loud with the way we were introduced to Molly. After that high point I was run through just about every emotion that I can think of in the story of Molly trying to find out what happened THAT night.
It feels very now in the way the women are treated and the reaction from Social Media especially through the narrative. The more we learned about who Molly is and what is happening, the more you just have to root for her finding the answers and surviving to the end of the book!
This was a very cleverly written story which had a fair few twists and turns that made for times when I was curious if there was anyone really supporting Molly herself or if everyone in her life was there for some other reason!
This was a well written hugely entertaining read

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What a brilliant read by Katy Brent. I thoroughly enjoyed her previous novel How To Kill A Man And Get Away With It, so I had high expectations for this one and boy it doesn't disappoint!
Molly is having the day from hell which starts out with the worst hangover in the world but if hat wasn't bad enough she wakes up with a complete stranger in her bed and she can't remember a thing from the previous night.
Now if you think that was bad enough when she eventually gets into work, she writes for a teenage magazine called Sparkle she immediately knows something is wrong. Everyone is staring at her and when her boss calls her into her office things take a turn the the worse.
Molly has gone viral but not in a good way!
Someone has filmed Molly doing a sexual act in a public place and to top it off her roommate turns up dead!
This book had me hooked from start to finish and the ending!
Brilliantly written.

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I feel like I have read a completely different book than most of these reviews so quite possibly it’s just not the book for me, but I was not a fan of this in any way unfortunately. The storyline shot all over the place, one minute Molly is a twitter sensation for a drunken episode, then she wakes up with a stranger, then she’s recognised by strangers on the bus for the twitter video, then she goes home and her best friend’s found dead. One of the storylines would have worked better for me, the combination of the two just confused everything and I was glad when it was over.

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This story started off a bit rough. Molly wakes up after the most awful drunken night to find she's an internet sensation of the most embarrassing kind. Her day and week gets worse and worse. I like the twists and turns as she starts investigating everything. It might be a bit brash but it's quite a serious storyline too.

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Having loved the authors first book I was very excited to be given the opportunity to read the arc of this one too - and boy did it deliver!
It is so well written, the story just rolls beautifully off the pages with a great pace that will keep you hooked.
It tackles a lot of sensitive topics, but is also laced with humour as we go through the journey with the main character. As her memories start to resurface you'll be trying to unravel what's happened alongside her.
Huge thanks to netgalley, the author and publisher for the arc ebook.

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It’s difficult not to have sympathy for Molly Monroe.

She set out on her office night out as a carefree young journalist who wrote about llamas and unicorns. She wakes up the next morning with a strange man in her bed, vomit in the sink, and no memory of what happened the night before. As she drags both herself and an awful hangover into work, she’s a complete hot mess.

But that’s by no means the end of her problems. A viral video has emerged on the internet overnight and Molly Monroe is the star. As she attempts to contact Posey, the one person in the world who she wants to turn to, the discovery of her flatmate’s body opens up a whole new mystery.

This is the premise of a quirky, witty and ultimately compelling light-hearted murder mystery. Full of drama and dark twists, ‘The Murder After the Night Before’ is a modern whodunnit (and how-did-they-dunnit) set in a background of investigative journalism and internet trolling. It’s modern, witty and thought-provoking with a resolution that ties up all the ends.

Great for those readers who want a murder mystery without all the tension, or fans of modern romance who want something darker. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more from Katy Brent.

Thank you to NetGalley UK, Katy Brent and HQ for this ARC, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

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Amazingly well written, thoroughly developed plot and twists, and identifiable characters (although excessive drinking is never OK).

Waking up so hungover that she doesn't even remember what happened last night at the company Christmas party, Molly is not having a great day - and it gets worse.

She's trending on social media and she doesn't even remember doing what the video shows.

Digging deeper into what happened, she realises that all is not as it seems. There is a murder to investigate and wrongs to make right.

This is another great book by Katy Brent; full of unexpected twists and turns, shady characters, social media doing its worst and self-centred no-gooders pushing their own agenda. A worthy follow-up to 'How to kill men and get away with it'.

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I was so excited when I was approved for and ARC from Netgalley for this book as I absolutely loved How to kill men and get away with it. I went in with high expectations and it didn't disappoint.

This book is different to Katy's first book but I still really enjoyed it. The writing is brilliant and once you start reading you can't stop. Her storyline flow so easy and the characters develop so well throughout the book. I found myself with loving some characters and hating others!

Despite the seriousness the storyline of Poseys death, I did find myself having a little giggle now and again as there are some brilliant one liners which is one of the reasons I love Katys writing.

I really hope there is more to come from this author.

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Molly Monroe wakes up horribly hungover after her works Christmas party and finds that she’s an internet sensation, for all the wrong reasons.

This is a well written drama about internet trolling, murder, investigative journalism and the dangers faced by women. It’s got many threads, all of which are neatly tied up and it definitely held my interest.

It deals with some important issues whilst maintaining a dramatic focus and I enjoyed it.

Thanks to NetGalley and HQ digital for the opportunity to preview.

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I love quirky murder mysteries, so this book caught my eye and made it onto my anticipated reads list. The story starts with Molly waking up after a night out for a company party. Molly is extremely hungover, can’t remember the night before, but finds a cute man in her bed. Maybe this is a cultural thing, but as an American I find it odd the “night out” is in the middle of the week and everyone is expected to be at work the next day. Anyways, Molly forgot to charge her phone, so she rallies and heads into work where she learns she went viral the night before (not in a good way) and is sent back home where she later discovers her best friend and roommate (Posey) has died. While the police believe Posey’s death was an accident, Molly has her suspicions and starts to piece together what happened the night before and the clues Posey left behind. Throughout the story, Molly realizes there were things she didn’t know about her best friend and is confronted by her own trauma. My only critique is that it was a little too convenient how some characters knew each other, otherwise this was a fun read that kept me entertained until the end.

4.5/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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What a brilliant read, which starts off with humour but turns into something quite horrific. Molly has a night out which she can't remember ,finds a strange man in her bed ,then she finds out she is the star of a video which has gone viral and then she finds her best friend and room mate dead in the bath .This is a dark gripping story ,fast paced with I though a very surprising ending .Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC .

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I had so much fun reading HTKMAGAWI that this was an immediate request, and I'm happy to say it was just as good!
This book leans on some heavy topics but approaches them from a compelling and thought-provoking way. Blending serious reflections on themes like sexism, social media and grief, which entertainment and humour, this is fast-paced and engaging.
Katy Brent writes brilliant main characters with wit and surprising depth, and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us,

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Oh Molly, Poor Molly, what she has to go through is dramatic, life changing but every cloud has a silver linning. It made me think how people are so mean and unfortunately it reflects real life on the social media front. The book is whitty, dramatic and a real life changing events story. I would really recommend it, with lots a curve balls and shocking finds.

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What. A. Book.

The plot line itself was incredible. It was fast paced and absolutely had me gripped from the first page. The twists in this book quite often took my breath away, and I really enjoyed uncovering the mystery with Molly. The authors writing style was easily readable, and highly enjoyable.

The characters were diverse, with the majority being loveable and interesting to read. All the characters were well developed, and I was intrigued to discover how they all fitted in with the story.

I devoured this book in one sitting. So good!

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💭 ᴍʏ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛꜱ:
What can I say? Katy Brent has done it again. Making a book with heavy topics into a light and entertaining read. I was hooked and engaged from page 1. It's frustrating, exciting and funny. It gives a glimpse of the struggles in modern day social media environment (how powerful this can be in a bad way) and dealing with loss and grief. While also maintaining that light-heartiness. I love these kind of journalism/detective storylines. I flew through the pages.

🤓 ʀᴇᴀᴅ ɪꜰ ʏᴏᴜ ʟɪᴋᴇ:
Edge of Your Seat Tension
Heavy Topics mixed with lighter elements

𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘢𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵.
𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘶𝘱 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘭, 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘴.
𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘢 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨…

𝘔𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘥𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘦. 𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳.

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This is the second book by Katy Brent that I have read and I loved it just as much as I did the first one. This one isn't as dark as her previous novel which was probably the only thing I was disappointed about but that is just me being picky and I still thoroughly enjoyed this read!

It was clever in the way it was written and every time I thought I had it all figured out another curveball was put into play and I was back to square one. I can't wait for her next novel now as I know it is going to be another good read.

This one does have a lot of trigger warnings in place as deals with murder, suicide, bullying and other hard hitting topics so may not be suited to everyone.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an Arc in exchange for an honest review.

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As the author's previous (and first) book was so unique, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this. In the last, the main character was literally getting away with murder and as such was someone you're meant to hate but couldn't help loving because she was also sassy, funny and smart. I wasn't really sure how that could be done again - and it wasn't. In this the main character was the heroine. But otherwise it was the same in that Molly was also funny, smart, etc, it was still a comedic murder mystery and the writing was brilliant again. As illustrated perfectly by this quote from Molly: "I need to use Posey's dead face to unlock a secret phone I discovered stashed in with her vibrators." I also loved the philosophy of 'shit happens (no matter what you do) so balance it out'. So in case you hadn't gathered I loved this and can't wait to see where the author goes next.

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This is my second book by Katy Brent and one of the things I love about her writing style is how raw her books are. I could be laughing out loud one minute, then the next, be an emotional mess. I loved How to Kill Men and Get Away With It and never thought I could love another character as much as I loved Kitty Collins, but now, Molly Monroe has won my heart with her drunken “escapades” and her hot mess of a life.

Molly lives in a flat in London with her best friend, Posey. They met in college when they were both majoring in journalism and have been friends ever since. Now, they both have careers in writing but Posey is the most successful in the newspaper business with her tentative stories while Molly is wasting away at a teen magazine company writing columns about unicorns and llamas.

Molly leaves Posey at home to pregame with her friend Paloma before heading to a bar basement for a work party. Molly wakes up the next morning with a killer hangover, a fully clothed man laying right beside her, and no recollection of what happened that night. Her phone is dead, but apparently she gained some unwanted attention on social media overnight. She NEEDS to talk to Posey about her debacle but finds her best friend dead in the bathtub. This was not an accident, she was murdered! As Molly pieces together the events of her drunken night and researches the teenage disappearance that Posey was investigating, she finds a bombshell that could put a target on her back too. 😳

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If Katy Brent writes a third brilliant book I’m going to declare her an auto-buy author, because I loved this book almost as much as I did her 2023 release, How to Kill Men and Get Away With It. Though the two books are as different as night and day, they’re both flavored with Brent’s distinctive feminist prose and sharp, satirical sociocultural commentary.

This book is smart, thoughtful, emotionally provocative, and morbidly funny. Molly Monroe wakes up one morning after a work party with a strange man in her bed. She doesn’t remember much of anything from the night before. The guy’s name is Jack and he tells her he rescued her after he found her crying and wailing but not able to tell him why somewhere near his house in Vauxhall the night before. He brought her home in an Uber and just stayed with her because he was afraid she’d choke on her own vomit. She’s fully dressed. So is he. She feels fine, except she feels mostly dead from a hangover. He leaves her his number in case she needs to get in touch with him and she reluctantly goes into work, despite the strange looks and weird name-calling she gets from people on the way.

But that’s just the start of a few weeks of the weirdest and most heartbreaking weeks of her life.

The sociocultural commentary is hard and fierce in this book: social media and how it automatically focuses on fetishizing and shaming females who obviously are out of it when they are unknowingly filmed or papped, wives who automatically go after the other woman when they should go after their husbands first, best friends who scream at one another over their habits instead of just automatically helping, and mostly all of the men who dismiss and deride women whenever they have the chance of taking an out.

Katy Brent has more talent in her little finger for straddling that fine line between satire and mockery than most authors in the business. It would be easy for her to dip a toe fully into blaming men for everything, but Brent fully acknowledges that women can sometimes be just as awful. Internal misogyny is a beast and sometimes even the best of women can succumb when they’re weak.

It was brilliant, quick-witted, and sharp. Watch out for TW/CWs, please.

I was provided a copy of this title by NetGalley and the author. All thoughts, opinions, views, and ideas expressed herein are mine and mine alone. Thank you.

File Under: 5 Star Review/Dark Comedy/Murder Thriller/Psychological Thriller/Satire/Suspense Thriller/Women’s Fiction

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The book literally starts with a bang, and it kept me gripped from there. Wonderful funny feminist, murder, mystery – even better than her first book! Katy Brent will be a must read from here on out!

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