Today, my guest reviewer – Claire Knight is sharing her review of TWO NIGHTS by an author I have loved and read since 1998 when I first got my hands on Deja Dead. I was thrilled to have met Kathy Reichs in Harrogate this year with Claire and to get a signed copy of this book. I can’t wait to read it (soon!) and share my own review! So let’s check out what Claire has to say about one of my favourite authors!
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 might just lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.
With Kathy Reichs, the reader knows that they are in the hands of an expert. As a forensic anthropologist, 1 of only 82 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board, Reichs’ real-life expertise has given her novels an authenticity that most other crime novelists would kill for. From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her lab, no one is better qualified to write about what it’s really like to catch the killer and solve the crime.
Claire’s Rating: 3.5-4 / 5
This standalone thriller is very different to my previous experience of Kathy Reichs’ writing. A few years back, having loved the Bones TV series, I read Déjà Dead, the first of the Temperance Brennan books. I have to admit I struggled with Déjà Dead and it kind of put me off persevering with the literary series. But when I heard Ms Reichs has written a standalone crime thriller that wasn’t based around a forensic anthropologist, I thought I would give her writing another try.
Two Nights involves a year old crime – the bombing of a Jewish Girls school when a young girl vanishes without a trace. The young girl’s grandmother Opaline (fabulous name) calls in Sunday Night to try and find the people responsible for the bombing in hope that she’ll locate her missing granddaughter Stella. Throughout the book I was constantly asking myself (and my kindle) what happened to Stella? Where is she?!?!
Now Sunday or Sunnie as she calls herself – I thought she was a brilliant character. For starters, the name – love it!! Kind of a lighter version of the dark Wednesday Addams! Sunnie knows her stuff, much more than a regular PI. She knows off the top of her head, what gun laws each US state has, how to reverse search a phone number…
Sunnie is a twin and you get to meet her twin in the story – I love the banter and the almost psychic thoughts between the two of them! It’s great character pairing!
This book has restored my interest in Kathy Reichs’ writing – I will definitely be considering going back to Brennan and the team! I know this is meant to be a standalone novel but I think Sunnie is a character I’d like to see more of!
Many thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone, William Heinemann
and Netgalley for my e-copy of Two Nights.