The Night Shift by Alex Finlay
Published: March 1, 2022
Genre: Small Town & Rural Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Alex Finlay is the pseudonym of an author who lives in Washington, D.C. His 2021 breakout thriller, EVERY LAST FEAR, was an Indie Next pick, a LibraryReads selection, an Amazon Editor’s Best Thriller, as well as a CNN, Newsweek, E!, BuzzFeed, Business Week, Goodreads, Parade, PopSugar, and Reader’s Digest best or most anticipated thriller of the year. Alex’s work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and optioned for film and television.
“But the beast is back.”
After a tragic crime that leaves a single survivor in 1999, a small town is shaken yet again 15 years later. A nearly identical crime scene and a lone survivor. Now it’s a rush to try and find the guilty party and find any connection between the two scenes.
I loved how this story was told. Between alternating narrators and dual timelines, the plot unfolds in a brilliant albeit terrifyingly tragic way.
The characters were so dynamic and defined. Keller is an absolute rockstar and incredible leading character. I enjoyed her narratives and her thought process. Her husband was a fantastic comedic relief, and their relationship is a beautiful example of a true partnership.
Ella is a tough but damaged character. I loved how the mix of strength and chaos was woven into her narrative. She has a lot of baggage and a lot of questions.
Chris was so well done. He was the perfect balance to Ella, and his perspective was such a powerful addition to the plot. I enjoyed his inner dilemma and his desire to help.
Jesse and Atticus were great characters. I enjoyed how they added to the story and the ability to adapt. Both are very necessary for different reasons.
There were some twists in this book that I did not see coming until they smacked me in the face. Holy buckets. The hits kept coming! This is such a well-written journey.
I enjoyed the synchronized chaos throughout the plot. This was a well-choreographed tango. As things explode, pieces fall together, and the writing on the wall becomes clear.
The themes in this novel were painful and beautiful. I loved the development throughout. This was a fast-paced thrill ride that kept me guessing until the very end.