From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day...
At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.
Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is.
There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.
And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight.
For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...Houston Press
The citizens of Midnight, Texas are used to strange things happening in their small town, as the majority of them are some type of paranormal entity after all. When suicides start occurring in the crossroads of Midnight, the townsfolk know something is wrong. Then Fiji starts hearing a voice. Lemuel is desperately trying to find the answers, and in the meantime, they must all stand together and protect Midnight and themselves from the danger that is yet to come. Will Midnight survive?
What I Liked:
- This is the third and possibly the final installment in the Midnight, Texas Series. I was pleased that this book delivered most of the major answers to the majority of the questions that have been nagging the reader during the course of the three books. If you want to know the secrets regarding all your favorite Midnight inhabitants, this book will satisfy you.
- The characters are what continue to drive this series. I have stated this before, many of the characters have made appearances in Ms. Harris' previous series, but for someone who has not read any of her books, like myself, I have come to know and love this strange group of people who inhabit Midnight. What I love is that everyone has secrets and most of them are some type of paranormal entity. There is a vampire, a witch, angels, a psychic and were tigers. With such a eclectic cast, you can be assured that the story won't be dull. I especially enjoyed seeing this rag tag group of people live, work and interact with one another.
- The book starts out with a riveting mystery. People start coming to Midnight, seemingly in a trance and then they proceed to commit suicide in the crossroads. Midnight is harboring a deep, dark evil secret, and it is race to uncover the mystery in order to save the town.
- The ending is crazy and chaotic, and so much happens. However, once the dust settles, the author takes time with each and every character, clueing in the readers on all of their fates. I am still not sure if this is the concluding book in the series, but if it is, I am mostly satisfied as I felt like the majority of my questions were answered.
- I have noted this in my previous reviews of this series. I still feel like the story line has too many story lines, and unfortunately it feels like the author is taking on too much, and I don't think she successfully pulled it off. Even though I felt like I had gotten most of the answers, I still felt like a lot was undone.
- As I mentioned, the ending was chaotic. There is a huge information dump at the end, and it felt like it was all thrown in there to end the series. This series could easily continue, and I didn't like the way it ended.
- The book starts out strong with an intriguing mystery, but then if stumbles and falls badly after the midway point. This is where everything becomes disorganized. It is revealed what is plaguing the town and why, and then the solution is presented. Let's say the cure for the problem is very strange, and I was not a fan. It was just too weird. A big fat miss.
- I didn't like the way the townsfolk suddenly turned on two of their own, and they way they viewed them with critical eyes.
- I still am not satisfied with the story line concerning the new hotel in Midnight that was established in the second book. Who is behind the hotel and why?
Night Shift is a book I really wanted to love, but it failed to impress. I loved the characters and the strange, small town, but I struggled with the vast amount of story lines, and the information dump at the end. Not to mention the strange and chaotic conclusion. This may be the final book in the series, and if it is, I am disappointed that there are still some questions. This series had a lot of potential, but as it stands, it is a series that I can't wholeheartedly recommend as I think it fizzles in the end. If you are a fan of Ms. Harris, you would probably like this series, but if you haven't read her other books, this likely won't work for you.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.