Thursday, November 2, 2017

Two Nights ~ Kathy Reichs (earc) review [@KathyReichs @penguinrandom]

Two Nights
July 11, 2017
336 pages
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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.

So first thing: Sunday Night? Yes, it sounds like a very cheesy name but do not judge Two Nights on that - really, please, please don't.  There is a reason that is her name (it'd be spoilery to explain) and it works. Plus, Sunday can be Sunnie, to.

I really enjoyed Sunday's character. There was something about her that felt more like the male characters I have read in mystery/thriller/crime novels. I still am not sure if it was her personality or if it was because she did not fall into any of the slots we think of for female cops/investigators. She isn't married, she isn't dating or looking to, she doesn't have kids, there isn't a close (or strained but there) relationship with her parents, she doesn't have pets. (Or doesn't exactly have a pet.) 

We don't know a lot about her past - only things that are alluded to, that she had some bad, rough, violent, painful experiences. That past plays a lot into how she works now and how determined she can be. I liked not knowing how far she would go and what lines Sunnie would cross. It also made me want to know just what had happened. Sunnie is a fantastic, unique, complex character that was so much fun to read about.

The way Two Nights and Sunnie's quest to find the girl unfolded was full of some real shocks and great locations. More than once I was very surprised by a character or who they were or their role in the story. The author seemed to do a great job really putting Sunnie in each location, in a way that felt like you were there and not that she had looked things up on Google Maps. (Both of those things - the character surprises and locations - did end up leaving me unsure about one aspect based on my personal knowledge but it isn't something you would otherwise question.)

Two Nights is a satisfying mystery with a fresh, unique character. I am sorry we won't see more of Sunday Night but I liked how Two Nights ended.

digital review copy received from publisher, via NetGalley

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