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Beware of friends with secrets…

Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff.

Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness? Desperate for answers, Marissa digs deeper into the events of the party. But what she remembers happening after nightfall now carries sinister implications: the ugly sniping, the clandestine meetings, the drunken flirtations. The more she investigates, the more she questions everything she thought she knew about her friends, her fiance, and even herself.

Bestselling author A. J. Banner keeps readers on a razor-sharp edge in this intricately plotted novel of psychological suspense…in which nothing is as it seems.

Read an exclusive excerpt on Vilma Iris's blog.


One of BookBub's 19 Incredible Thrillers with Shocking Twists.

On BookBub's list of 18 of the Best Psychological Thrillers Coming Summer 2018.

One of Bookstr's Top 10 August Releases to Read Before the Summer Ends.

“In After Nightfall, A. J. Banner has created an elegant and taut psychological thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat until the final page.” —Authorlink

"A thrilling story of betrayal, this is one that readers will eat up." —The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

"An utterly mesmerizing twisty this chilling and atmospheric psychological thriller, Banner masterfully showcases her creative talent for a brilliantly plotted, character-driven, intense, and utterly addictive must summer read." 5 stars++ Top Books of 2018! —Judith D. Collins, #JDCMustReadBooks

"A. J. Banner writes with her usual fast-paced, action-filled style...I encourage you to give this gripping thriller a shot. You just might find your new favorite author."

After Nightfall is a chilling drama…Well-fleshed out characters keep the reader wondering just what is going on…” —New York Journal of Books

"Wow! What a book! I absolutely LOVED it!! Banner has written a fast-paced mystery-thriller that is chock full of drama, suspense and unreliable characters." 
—A Bookish Way of Life

"After Nightfall is genius and one of my favorite books of the year!!!! A MUST READ!!!" —Mrs. Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews

"WOW!!! My head is actually spinning after reading “After Nightfall” by A.J. Banner. This is a captivating, intense, intriguing, enthralling,  suspenseful and riveting novel!!"
—Linda's Book Obsession 

"This was a page turner for me, and I was reluctant to put it down...most everyone was a suspect, and I really loved the ending. Just when you think everything is over and wrapped up–surprise, there’s more! And it’s fabulous!" —Bewitched Bookworms

"A fabulously creepy and tense story that gave me goose bumps...Fantastic!  (5 / 5)" —Books, Babies, Being

"...boy did After Nightfall blow my mind! This 5 star novel is one that will keep you glued to your kindle and staying up into wee hours of the night— a must read!" —Steph and Chris's Book Review

"Engrossing... If you like to be guessing until the end, this one is sure to entertain. Excellent summer read!" —Dressed to Read

"This was my first, definitely won’t be my last, A.J. Banner book and I could not get enough of was simply breathtaking." —The Bookworm Mommy

"Wonderful, suspenseful...I couldn't put it down." 

"What a fun mystery read! This book was almost like stepping into a game of Clue." —Write — Read — Life

"Fan of Liane Moriarty or SJ Watson? I think After Nightfall would suit your fancy just fine!" —Clues and Reviews

"I was pulled in by the characters and their intriguing and overlapping relationships...If you like mysteries I definitely recommend this one."  —Helen's Book Blog

“A fast-paced, suspenseful whodunit that will keep you reading long into the night. If you love a well-written, intelligent, psychological thriller, this is the book for you! I highly recommend it.” —Book Review Crew

"Compulsive, astonishing and suspenseful." —Novelgossip

"Psychological suspense at its finest...Amazing." —Books and Wine are Lovely

"Banner ramps up the tension to eleven in this mega-twisty murder mystery thrill ride! Think you've nailed the culprit? Think again...and again..." —Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night, #1 Pick,

"A. J. Banner keeps the pages turning with this twisty thriller that strikes right at the heart of our closest relationships.”    —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Emma in the Night

“After Nightfall is a chilling and fast-paced whodunit with a cast of characters who will keep you guessing who to trust until the very end. Get ready for a twisty, suspenseful read. A. J. Banner has done it again!” —Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of Best Day Ever

“Gripping and arresting! After Nightfall is a stellar psychological thriller. Banner had me second-guessing every character throughout the entire novel. I literally couldn’t figure out who’d done it until the reveal. And it was shocking. Love that!” —Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

“Moody and beautifully atmospheric, After Nightfall is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the final page, the final sentence even, a heart-stopping revelation. I highly recommend it!” —Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of Faultlines and The Truth We Bury

“After Nightfall is a moody, haunting thriller that masterfully explores the complex dynamics of fractured families, fractured marriages, and fractured friendships. This book grabbed me from the opening scene and kept me frantically turning pages until the shocking final chapter. A. J. Banner’s best book yet!” —Robyn Harding, internationally bestselling author of The Party

“We tore through the pages of After Nightfall, a masterful thriller that’s twisty in the very best way. A. J. Banner will keep you guessing until the final sentence, with an ending so shocking you’ll be gasping for breath.” —Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow