Category: Thriller


Midnight is my first foray into the world of Stephen Leather’s character Jack Nightingale, and I doubt it will be my last.  This was a rollicking good ride.  A great whodunnit with a supernatural twist. Midnight is the second book in a trilogy (the first is Nightfall and the final book, due for publication in January 2012 is Nightmare).

In this sequel,  Jack has just discovered he was adopted at birth and that his recently deceased biological father, who by the way has left him with a huge country mansion in the English countryside, had sold his unborn soul to a devil.  That’s gotta suck! But then he discovers not only does he have a younger half sister, but that she has also befallen the same fate. Some fancy footwork has given him some breathing space with the devil soul collector, but now he decides to go into bat for his mystery sister, who he hasn’t met, doesn’t know where she is, and doesn’t even know her name.

Factor in that Jack is an ex cop and negotiator, who left the force under a cloud and is now working as a private investigator and you have all the elements with numerous twists and turns to keep you riveted to the page.  Leather doesn’t get bogged down in lots of extraneous plot, which can sometimes have the effect of slowing down the pace of a story.  Instead he has allowed it to flow and it works really well.  The ending, is not exactly a cliff-hanger, but very definitely leaves the door open and the light showing for the wrap-up to this plot-line in book three.  A definite page-turner and obviously popular, given that this is a two-week, fast-track book at my local public library.  I will now be putting Nightfall on my to-read list while awaiting the release of Nightmare.

Leather’s website is worth a look, particularly the section on Jack Nightingale.  Very well done.  Also, check out the book trailer for Nightfall – but watch it with the lights on!

New Zealand-based author Michael Green has hit a winner here with the first book in a trilogy about a family whose descendants are the only people to survive a fatal flu virus that sweeps the world.  In Bloodline the Chatfield family appear to be the only people in the entire world to have avoided the 100% fatal pandemic that surges around the world before any cure can be found.  However, this does not become the utopia you might think.  More in line with the old adage “you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your relations”. I’m betting if you were in certain branches of the Chatfield family, you would be more comfortable with the friends option.

Green has developed a fast-paced, well-written tale with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages and by the end, wanting the next in the series.

 

Will Lavender is a real find.  In his debut novel Obedience, Lavender has managed to nail that most difficult of genres, the psychological thriller.  It is a particularly well crafted, intriguing tale and you are quickly drawn into the challenge set of the main characters – to solve the hypothetical disappearance of a young woman as their fall assignment in their university course Logic and Reasoning 204.  As the clues are dangled and it becomes obvious that things – and people – aren’t what they seem, three of the students stumble upon a real-life, unsolved disappearance which has strikingly similar facts to the so-called scenario they have been set by their professor.

Just when you think you know what’s happening, Lavender tilts everything on it’s axis and you have to go back to your mental drawing board.  This fast-paced thriller is a stunning read and would easily lend itself to being adapted into a fine movie script.  I could almost visualise it as I read it.  On finishing this novel, I immediately searched for his next and fortunately I wasn’t disappointed.  His second offering was published last month and the synopsis for Dominance holds much promise.  I already have a reserve on the ordered copy at my local public library and I am anticipating the email to tell me it’s ready to collect.  Can’t wait!  In the meantime, get your hands on a copy of Obedience.  You won’t be sorry.

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