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The Murder After the Night Before

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. The Murder After the Night Before follows Molly starting the morning after her work Christmas party. She’s hungover, can’t remember anything about the night before, and a video of her has gone viral. Molly’s day keeps getting worse when she later discovers her roommate and best friend, Posey, dead in her bathroom. Molly is sure that Posey’s death was not an accident but the police refuse to investigate so Molly decides to find out the truth for herself, and Posey.

I was really excited about the concept of this book but was ultimately disappointed with the execution. The cover and description made me think this book was going to be a romp following Molly trying to retrace her steps from the night before to get answers in the same vein as The Hangover. However, I was disappointed that this book is barely about the night she can’t remember and instead is about her trying to solve the mystery of the missing person's case Posey was writing an article about. It also bothered me that Molly would just conveniently start to remember parts of the night before, without anything jogging her memory, when it was necessary to move the plot along.

Another issue I have is the fact that nowhere in the book synopsis is sexual assault mentioned or given a trigger warning, but the reason Molly goes viral is that someone posted a video of her performing a sexually explicit act on the night she can’t remember. This storyline was very dark and while I thought it was handled well it surprised me and I don’t think topics of this nature should be a surprise to readers. Nothing about this book was light-hearted or funny. Even before the start of the book Molly has very low self-worth, doesn’t like her job, and is deeply unhappy. There’s nothing wrong with covering these topics, it just wasn’t what I was expecting from this book.

However, I did think this book had a few redeeming qualities. I thought it was charmingly British and had well-written supporting characters that were interesting and integral to the plot. I was also impressed that I didn’t guess the plot reveals and was surprised by the ending. This book deals with a lot of hard topics like grief, alcohol abuse, and sexual assault. Readers who are looking for a mystery that is equal parts character-driven and plot-driven covering more hard-hitting topics should check this out.

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I listened to this one after release day on audio and had a wild time - our main character wakes up after a works party to an embarrassing video online of the night before and also her friend has been murdered

This one although dealing with a hard subject was written with funny undertones and a lot of humour - it definately put me in mind of if you like Finlay Donovan, Four Aunties series and also Vera Wong.

Loved it and would recommend

4 stars

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Thank you NetGalley, HQ and Katy Brent for providing me this ARC.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that I was accepted to read this book. I heard so much about it! 🍷

This story is so absurd, but so well thought about. It's so weird, but I absolutely love it! I've gone through a lot of emotions. There are fun parts, creepy parts, cringey moments... Just imagine having such a bad hangover 😅
I loved the tweets at the beginning of the chapters and the length of chapters.
I gave it four stars because I missed the 'I couldn't put it down feeling'. Overall I loved the book and I can't wait to read the next book by Katy Brent.

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4⭐️

A contemporary dark comedy with an embedded thriller and mystery twang! 🩷

I enjoyed this novel. I found it very different to How to Kill Men and Get Away With It, but Brent’s unique dark humour and writing style made a very engaging read.

I liked the chapter length, the tweets at the beginning of the chapters and I think the plot was clever. This book follows Molly Monroe who wakes up with no recollection of the night before, to find that she’s gone viral and is trending on social media for all the wrong reasons. She then finds out her flatmate and best friend Posey is dead and is determined to find the killer when the police deem the death as a tragic accident.

This read was hilariously witty and easy to speed through. I didn’t gel with Molly to begin with, but at around the halfway point I started to and really liked her from then on. Going viral like Molly did must be awful and Brent really painted, what seems to be, a very accurate picture of the effects this has on individuals, but especially women. The fact that Molly could put her own problems aside to try and help provide justice for her bestfriend really showed you the type of person Molly was.

Brent has explored many important topics in this book, such as sexism, friendship and grief and I found this worked incredibly well with the underlying mystery aspect. It was great how the comedy elements also didn’t mask these topics.

What I loved most about this read was the revelations Molly found out and how this book firmly places the question of whether you truly know somebody. From the outside things always look perfect, but things may be different underneath, and I found this idea also very engaging.

If you like a dark comedy, a mystery and a bunch of suspicious characters, then I recommend you check this out. I found myself laughing throughout.

Many thanks to @hqstories, @netgalley and @but_katy_did_it for this ARC of The Murder After the Night Before, which is out now! 💕

⚠️ Please check out the trigger warnings! ⚠️

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This book was such a fun ride! While the premise was a bit more sinister than Katy Brent’s first work, I still absolutely loved it. It couples bone chilling murder with lighthearted comedy in just the perfect combination. Molly was a fabulous FMC and I loved her character arc!

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The Murder After the Night Before, Katy Brent ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Molly Monroe gets videoed at a work Christmas party and she wakes up to a stinking hangover to find she’s gone viral. The same day she gets sent home from work and comes home to find her flatmate and best friend, Posey, dead in the bathtub. Over the coming days Molly unpicks what happened on that fateful night and discover who killed Posey.

This was exactly the type of book I needed this week, an easy ride which was thrilling at the same time. I loved the way the story unwound as Molly discovered more and more about what happened at her Christmas party and the work that Posey was working on in the days before her death. There was no character that was unimportant in this plot and although I could see the twists coming I still enjoyed it nonetheless!

This was funny, dark whilst also touching on some important social constructs. It covers misogyny, sexual assault, and the truth behind who has real control of the media.

I enjoyed this novel, and if I hadn’t seen the twists coming it would have been a 4 star read for me, but I will definitely be inspired to read more by Katy Brent.

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This was a great mystery that remained light hearted while covering some heavy topics. There were a lot of threads to follow without it getting to convoluted and it all tied together perfectly in the end! Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the ARC.

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Another 5 star read from Katy Brent!

I absolutely loved her first book so couldn't wait to get stuck into this one and it did not disappoint!

Fun, easy to follow and hard to put down

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Having read, and loved, Katy’s debut I knew I had to jump on this ASAP & it did not disappoint.

I was hooked from the start & I really loved the addition of the subplot with Molly - SUCH an important topic!!

There were a few aspects of the plot I thought I had figured out pretty early on & I suppose to an extend I did however there were twists & turns that kept cropping up and keeping me on my toes - which is always appreciated!

If you enjoyed How To Kill Men & Get Away With It this will definitely be up your street!

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Molly wakes up to the worst hangover in the world, with a strange man in her bed, and then is quickly thrust into the worst day of her life. A video lands on social media that could cost her friends, family, and her job. To top it all off, her roommate and best friend is dead. Molly launches into trying to figure out how her friend died, while dealing with trying to remember what happened that fateful night. This story was fast paced with many twists and turns. Great thriller!

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After reading and loving Katy Brents debut How to Kill Men And Get Away With It, I couldn't wait to jump into this one, and went in completely blind, and I think that is where I went wrong - my fault and not the book. Looking on Goodreads Im well and truly in the minority, so don't be put off.
I think I was expecting similar vibes, and it certainly starts off that way with the witty humour, and then it takes a different turn which I wasn't expecting.
It's a very current read tackling the toxic side of social media, and I found it a very engaging read. Molly was a great main character, but I wish we found out more of her back story rather than the one chapter at the end. Despite everything you can tell she is a very loyal person.
It's super easy read and I had no problems turning the pages, but I just didn't get that 'Im loving this and cant wait to pick it up feeling' until we got closer to the end.
I was grateful for the shorter chapters, especially after the long chapters in the last book I read.
Overall, I'd give this 3.5⭐️ but again, dont let this put you off if your looking forward to this one as looking at goodreads there are soo many five stars!

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It's official, Katy Brent is now an auto-buy author for me! 4.5 ⭐️

SYNOPSIS:

"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 one thing stopping me from dying of shame. I need to find a killer." Goodreads

MY THOUGHTS

⭐️ I adored How to Kill Men and Get Away With It so I was beyond excited to read the new one from Brent, and they didn't disappoint!

⭐️ Brent has an amazing ability to write characters that you deeply care about and root for but are complex and flawed, and in this book, it's Molly Monroe.

⭐️ This book starts with a bang, Molly waking up from the night before, with a man in her bed wondering what happened. I was gripped from then on in!

⭐️ It's jam-packed with plots, twists, and brilliant social commentary about the treatment of women, social media, SA, misogyny, and more - with some humour along the way.

⭐️ I went into this one blind and I would recommend, other than the synopsis above, do so too, it makes for a wild ride.

⭐️ It's fast-paced and I literally consumed this in a few days and have already bought it for a friend's birthday!

I will 100% be reading the next book that Katy Brent releases!

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I enjoyed the start of this one and it had me gripped to start with but sadly fell a little flat in the middle. Unfortunately I didn't find the 'revelations' all that convincing about who the murderer was (& why). It just didn't seem very believable to me at all. Also, the name 'Posey' annoyed me throughout 😂 I've given the book 4 stars though as it did explore some interesting themes and kept my interest throughout. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of the book.

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This was an easy 4.5 stars! What a fantastic book, it was filled with so much mystery I literally didn’t know who to trust. There was a huge amount of sadness to this book but Katy Brent certainly knows how to write, there were sections where I laughed out loud. I loved Molly’s character, everything was stacked against her but she was such a hero. There were so many characters I suspected everyone, I particularly enjoyed how everything was revealed.

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Beware: this book cause book-hangover and sleep deprivation due to the only-one-more-chapter syndrome.
That said a gripping page turner i thoroughly enjoyed
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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4.5 ⭐️

Molly’s best friend Posey is dead. The police think it was a tragic accident, but something doesn't feel right. Posey was keeping secrets, and Molly feels she owes it to her to find out what happened. One problem through, Molly can't remember a thing and she’s gone viral for all the wrong reasons. Nothing will stop her from getting to the truth.

I was hooked from the start - I felt instantly protective of Molly’s character and how she’s treated throughout the whole thing!! I felt every emotion she was going through, and found myself gasping and tutting at some of the events that happen - I couldn’t put it down! As I always say about mysteries, I tend to figure out the plot however despite the fact I had figured some pieces out, I still wanted to read on and find out the answers.

I know a lot of readers started with her first book - - but this is my first Katy Brent piece and I will be reading this next and anything else she writes! Her writing style is awe inspiring and I felt addicted to reading each page. It has everything you want from a murder mystery, mixed in with what it’s like to be a woman in today’s world - speechless! ✨

Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion 💗

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I went into this book expecting one thing and got something completely different. I read Katy Brent's first book and loved it. It was a great mix of twisty, dark thriller with lots of humour thrown in. This second book was just as dark, but I actually found it quite emotional and it covered some themes that I at times found difficult to read.

I immediately empathised with the main character Molly and I felt all of her pain and aguish. She oozed loneliness throughout this book and it hit me quite hard. I can't imagine going through everything she did and feeling like you were doing so completely alone. She was clearly struggling with her own mental health even before the murder after the night before, so the fact she managed to keep it together as well as she did was a small miracle.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was packed full of dark twists, secrets and drama and it seriously tugged on my heart strings. A pretty quick read but I feel like Molly will be a character that I think about for some time. 100% recommend!

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An intriguing and gripping story, I loved the characters and can't wait to read more by this author.

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This book was so fun and such a quick read! Our main character, Molly Monroe, is a writer for a preteen magazine who wakes up the morning after her work Christmas party with a raging hangover, a stranger in her bed, and a dead phone. She’s the center of attention on social media from a video of her that’s leaked and gone viral - not the good kind of video. Her world is spiraling, but we don’t stop there - she finds her roommate dead in the bathtub.

I really liked Molly’s character - a 32-year-old who isn’t perfect and doesn’t have her life together. Her best friend’s death adds to her distress, and no one believes the cause of death was anything but accidental. She’s surrounded by men who brush her off and tell her to keep quiet. I found myself in her shoes, with my detective hat on, helping her solve the mystery! The characters we’re introduced to are all suspects, and her internal monologue, which isn’t always so internal, is too quirky to not like.

Katy Brent’s writing is so easy to read, and regardless of this murder mystery, you’ll find yourself chuckling here and there. Murder mysteries can be predictable, but even 70% through, I still didn’t know what to expect, and the plot twist at the end caught me off guard!

If you enjoy *The Flight Attendant* on MAX and dark humor, pick this book up! I want to read Katy Brent’s debut, *How To Kill Men and Get Away With It*.

Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Sexism, Death, Trauma

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A hot mess like its protagonist.

I loved How to Kill Men and Get Away with It but sadly this felt nothing like it. The book and Molly's rambling grated on my nerves from the very start and while it did get better, the storyline did not.

None of the characters were likeable. Molly came across as being super gullible and naive, trusting a complete male stranger she'd just met. Not only was she self-pitying and horrible to people, I couldn't stand how she was incapable of doing very basic life things. Yes she's 'grieving', but her personality was just... yuck.

The plot was all over the place and super unconvincing. It felt like the author was just forcefully connecting things and characters to link them together, because nothing really made sense. the whodunit was equally underwhelming and I didn't buy it at all.

Nevertheless, I appreciate the social commentary in this novel, especially how it highlights sexism and slutshaming. Its exploration of grief is equally commendable. But as a thriller, this was a terrible one.

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