Thank you to Net Galley and Minotaur Books for the digital copy of The Night Shift by Alex Finlay, in exchange for an honest review. #partner
On New Year's Eve night 1999, a horrible murder takes place at a small town New Jersey Blockbuster. Four teenage girls are attacked, but one survives. The suspect flees, never to be seen again.
Fifteen years later, in the same town, four teenage girls are attacked at an ice cream store, but one survives. Eerily familiar, an FBI agent works with the local police to uncover the truth.
First of all, the nostalgia was perfection. Maybe it's because I am still slightly running off a high of the Super Bowl 2022 halftime show, but I am all about the nostalgia lately. Who doesn't remember New Year's Eve night 1999? I remember watching the ball drop on my parent's TV, wondering if the computers were all going to spontaneously combust, then feeling slightly let down that nothing exciting happened. I digress. While this one has the nostalgia factor, it is a pretty gruesome story of two murders, 15 years apart, that have some strong resemblances.
Told from multiple character point of views and short chapters, I flew through this book. The Night Shift is told from the perspective of the Blockbuster slaying survivor, the badass FBI agent (who, by the way, is 8 months pregnant with twins - who run the world?! GIRLS!) and the brother of the original suspect. Each character has tricks up their sleeves and added to the fun factor with this one. There were quite a few side characters and storylines that got confusing at times and, in my opinion, could have done without, but it wasn't enough to throw me off the main plot line.
As far as thrillers go, this one kept me entertained. I did guess "whodunnit" pretty early on. I question if this is because of the author's writing or just the fact that I've read so many thrillers that I have seen all the killer tropes. Despite that, I still really enjoyed it and there were a couple twists I didn't see coming. I have a few unanswered questions, but overall, I enjoyed The Night Shift.
Out March 1.