Alex Finlay is writing such digestible thriller books at the moment and I’m thoroughly addicted. I read his first book (the first one under this pen name, anyway), Every Last Fear, last year and very much enjoyed it. So I was thrilled to get my hands on The Night Shift, especially after I realised that the fast pacing and the intriguing characters were a match for Every Last Fear.
I was most intrigued by The Night Shift because it mentions Blockbuster in the synopsis. I feel like the description is crack for all us 90’s babies who remember borrowing VHS tapes from a physical store and the whole “Be Kind, Rewind” era. It really shaped us.
Unfortunately there’s not much time spent in the 90’s or early 2000’s, so I did feel a little let down by that. The Night Shift is mostly set in present day, where an almost identical murder spree has happened in the same town as the first. I love reading about such things as I like trying to figure out the connections and threads that run between the two (or more) events. I didn’t mind that there wasn’t much focus on the first event, although I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that era. Mostly for my own nostalgia, of course.
I feel like Finlay’s characters are always his weakest point, judging by the two books I’ve now read from him. They didn’t particularly stand out to me in his first book, and the only things I can remember about the characters in this one are the killer(s), the pregnant lady, and one of the teenage girls. I suppose that’s all I really need to remember, but I think I’ll even forget about those in a couple of months’ time.
That said, I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of this and I really enjoyed my time. As a mystery thriller, it’s pretty solid, and Finlay managed to weave a plot that kept me on my toes. I’m excited to see what he comes out with next.