Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Two Nights

Author: Kathy Reichs
Genre: Suspense
Type: Trade Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
First Published: July 11, 2017
First Line: "My right-hand neighbor thinks I'm crazy, so she brings me cheese."

Book Description from GoodReads#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past. 
Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. 

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing.
But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie s help.
Is the girl dead?Did someone take her?If she is out there, why doesn't she want to be found?
It s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago. 

My Rating: 3 stars

My Review: Kathy Reichs is known for her popular Temperance Brennan series but in this new standalone Reichs focuses on a new protagonist -- an ex-military, ex-cop named Sunday Night. Sunnie is a strong and defiant woman with a tortured soul, numerous physical and emotional scars and is shadowed by a past that continues to haunt her. She's a tough gal with a lot of baggage that she attempts to keep in check with the support of her twin brother and her dry sense of humour. Sunnie's one-liners had me cracking up and was easily my favourite part of the book.

Two Nights fell somewhere between a 2.5 and a 3-star rating for me, which was disheartening. The book starts off about a missing teen but that plot is quickly sidelined by a story that focuses on a terrorist plot. I found the terrorist tangent much less compelling and never felt fully invested in it. A secondary story line is scattered throughout the book and focuses on the point of view of an unidentified woman. All the reader knows is that she's living a nightmare at the hands of a sadist. 

The main plot is told through Sunnie's perspective but it felt like Reichs kept readers at arm's length when it came to getting inside Sunnie's head. I had a hard time sympathizing with her because, as a reader, I wasn't privy to her past until very late in the book. As the story continued, my attention began to falter due to very dialogue-based writing, over-descriptions of settings and clues that were scattered too far apart. 

This was my first book by Reichs and I quite enjoyed her humour and the final twist. But, while I give kudos to the author for stepping out of her comfort zone with this new protagonist, this book fell a little flat for me. Sunnie continues to be an intriguing character and I assume Reichs has a lot planned for her in future books which will hopefully show more depth to Sunnie's character now that readers know where she's coming from.

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with a complimentary paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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