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After That Night is the 11th book in the Will Trent series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books. CW for book: sexual assault, non-consensual drug use.

after that nightOne evening in the ER, Sara is the sole witness to a dying woman’s testimony: she was drugged and raped. Three years’ later, the accused is on trial, the son of a successful and wealthy couple that Sarah knows only too well. He’s going to get away with it, but his distraught mother loses her grip for a moment. A moment that leads Sara to believe it’s somehow connected to the night she was raped, fifteen years earlier. She must open old wounds to get justice for Dani…and to stop it happening again.

This is one of the few crime series I’ve kept up with over the years and I do so because Sara, Will and Faith feel like old friends and I care about what happens to them. In After That Night, the details of Sara’s past rape are brought into the daylight and we learn a lot more about who she was when she was younger and the people who surrounded her.

While the crimes are still horrific, the main characters seem to have gotten softer and kinder than in the earlier books, which is no bad thing. Amanda is showing a keen interest in the wedding prep and I teared up a little at her response, her tough exterior melting a little at the thought of Will getting his happy ever after. I think we all want that for Will, right?

The mystery itself was fast paced with plenty of twists and turns as we meet the people Sara qualified alongside, now successful doctors except for the one who didn’t make it. We see the world she could have been part of if she hadn’t been left traumatised, the path she was on was altered that night. When contrasted with her new found family, full of kindness and courage, she has at least ended up in the right place eventually.

After That Night is published by HarperCollins and is available now in hardback, ebook and audiobook formats. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review via NetGalley.

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