The Night Shift

The Night Shift

Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Trope: Serial Killer
Pub Date: 3.1.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆.5

Synopsis:

It’s New Year’s Eve 1999. Y2K is expected to end in chaos: planes falling from the sky, elevators plunging to earth, world markets collapsing. A digital apocalypse. None of that happens. But at a Blockbuster Video in Linden, New Jersey, four teenage girls working the night shift are attacked. Only one survives. Police quickly identify a suspect who flees and is never seen again.

Fifteen years later, in the same town, four teenage employees working late at an ice cream store are attacked, and again only one makes it out alive.


Both surviving victims recall the killer speaking only a few final words… “Goodnight, pretty girl.”

In the aftermath, three lives intersect: the survivor of the Blockbuster massacre who’s forced to relive her tragedy; the brother of the original suspect, who’s convinced the police have it wrong; and the FBI agent, who’s determined to solve both cases. On a collision course toward the truth, all three lives will forever be changed, and not everyone will make it out alive.

Twisty, poignant, and redemptive, The Night Shift is a story about the legacy of trauma and how the broken can come out on the other side, and it solidifies Alex Finlay as one of the new leading voices in the world of thrillers.”

Review:

“All these years, he was a monster in plain sight.”

How could I pass up reading the opportunity to read a book about a serial killer set during the ’90s in a video store? I mean, come on? It has slasher films written all over it. The concept for the story might not be original, but I’ve always found these types of books to be fun and a relatively quick read.

The Night Shift was a quick read — when paired with the short chapters and multiple perspectives, I was constantly finding myself wanting to know more.

However, there were some aspects to the story that I didn’t necessarily love. One of the main characters, Agent Keller, was desperate to find the person (or persons) responsible for the heinous crime in the video store and then the ice cream shop. However, Agent Keller was eight months pregnant… with twins. Now, I’m not saying that someone pregnant isn’t capable of tracking down a serial killer, but Agent Keller put herself in harm’s way a few too many times. There is absolutely nothing about this part of the story that felt genuine or believable. It made her chapters a little harder to enjoy.

🩸 Serial killer
🔪 90’s slasher-movie-vibes
📖 Short chapters
🕵🏽‍♀️ Multiple perspectives
🔁 Character connections
😕 Epilogue was a letdown

I recommend reading The Night Shift if you enjoyed Final Girls by Riley Sager.

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