The Night Shift By Alex Finlay

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From the author of the breakout thriller Every Last Fear, comes Alex Finlay’s electrifying next novel The Night Shift, about a pair of small-town murders fifteen years apart—and the ties that bind them.One of the Best or Most Anticipated Books of 2022: Newsweek • PopSugar • E! News • Goodreads • Book Riot • BookBub • The Nerd Daily • SheReads • Novel Suspects • Crime by the Book • London TimesA Library Reads Selection—Best Book Voted By Librarians for March 2022“The night was expected to bring tragedy.” So begins one of the most highly-anticipated thrillers in recent years.It’s New Year’s Eve 1999. Y2K is expected to end in chaos: planes falling from the sky, elevators plunging to earth, world markets collapsing. A digital apocalypse. None of that happens. But at a Blockbuster Video in New Jersey, four teenagers working late at the store are attacked. Only one inexplicably survives. Police quickly identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen again.Fifteen years later, more teenage employees are attacked at an ice cream store in the same town, and again only one makes it out alive.In the aftermath of the latest crime, three lives intersect: the lone survivor of the Blockbuster massacre who’s forced to relive the horrors of her tragedy; the brother of the fugitive accused, who’s convinced the police have the wrong suspect; and FBI agent Sarah Keller who must delve into the secrets of both nights—stirring up memories of teen love and lies—to uncover the truth about murders on the night shift.Twisty, poignant, and redemptive, The Night Shift is a story about the legacy of trauma and how the broken can come out on the other side, and it solidifies Finlay as one of the new leading voices in the world of thrillers.
Two nights, 15 years apart-yet the two crimes are eerily similar. This story takes place immediately after the second crime and follows Chris, Ella, Jessica, and Agent Sarah Keller, who teams up with a likable young character, Atticus to search for a link between the crimes. The action moves quickly, though I have to say some of the characters’ actions are a bit unbelievable, especially Agent Keller, who is 8 months pregnant! However, I enjoyed the storyline and remained engaged. I did figure out the killer’s identity early on; however, others in my book club did not suspect that person.
I picked up this book on a whim based on the synopsis, which grabbed me from the jump. I haven’t read Alex’s other book, so I had no expectations going in; I only hoped it would be something that I wouldn’t end up having to trudge through and force myself to finish, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed!Without including any spoilers I will say that there are some aspects to this book that seem like filler, they add nothing to the plot and don’t really move the story – perhaps they exist to spark a connection with some readers or to create some drama, but ultimately did nothing for me (e.g. the FBI agent being 8 months pregnant). Though there was one surprise in the end, I had nearly every other twist of the book figured out before they were revealed, and even though they were somewhat predictable and expected it didn’t take away from the book for me.I blazed through this book in one evening and overall enjoyed the read. If you’re the kind of person that needs a deep dive into every character, that needs every choice or addition to make perfect sense, and that can’t stand filler for the sake of filler, then this might not be for you. However, If you’re the kind of person that likes to try to guess what’s going to happen, likes the vindication of being right, and doesn’t mind a few eye-rolling aspects, then this book is for you.As a side note: I loved every scene with Bob and though he is one of those aspects of the book that could be completely removed without affecting a single thing, he was a welcome addition for me.
This was such a great crazy thriller that had me hooked right in the beginning. The author had me second guessing my thoughts on the killer but even when I was proven right the reveal was still astounding. I love that there were so many strong and capable female characters in the story. I also loved the two different timelines that the author easily switched between especially the nostalgic Blockbuster scenes. The different point of views were also masterfully done because every time he ended a characters pov on a cliffhanger he would introduce another equally intriguing pov that captured my attention. After reading a bit about the main characters that he created I became kinda protective about them because I didn’t want them to end up hurt again and that to me is an example of great writing.
I was hooked from the beginning! While the premise of this book is scary to think about, the mystery was great! I was drawn in to the connection between the two murders and couldn’t put this book down. I needed to know what was really going on and who the murderer(s) were. This book was fast paced and had me guessing until the very end. I didn’t even guess the real murderer until a couple chapters before the reveal! I love a mystery that keeps me changing my mind until the very end.Highly recommend for all those that love a good mystery/thriller!
I’ll admit it.. I’m a sucker for a mystery that’s told in two timelines. In this case, there are two separate tragic events, fifteen years apart. I found both storylines compelling and stayed up way too late to finish this one!I was a fan of Alex Finlay’s previous novel and there was no sophomore slump with this one.*Thanks to Netgalley for providing an advanced copy for an unbiased review.
The Night Shift is one of my most anticipated thrillers of 2022. In this fast-moving thriller, five teenagers were attacked at a Blockbuster on the night of New Year’s Eve in 1999, and only one survived. Fifteen years later, a similar crime shocks the same town. This time, four people were attacked, one survived. And everybody wants to know if the crimes are connected.The story is told via multiple points of view as both the events of the past and present are explored; as well as it’s possible connections. Overall, I enjoyed the story and Finlay’s writing style. I liked that the characters are flawed or have issues they are struggling with. It was fast-paced, had unexpected twists and unexpected ending — I could not guess who the killer was — had some suspense and final girls vibes.I think anyone who enjoys compulsive thrillers and serial killer stories will like this book. I will definitely read more from this author.

 

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