My previous experience with Kathy Reichs is her collaborative short story in Matchup. I've heard great things about her Temperance Brennan series so I was excited to be approved by Netgalley for Two Nights because I hoped to become more familiar with her style and this is the first in a new series.
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.
Sunday Night (the main character) reminds me of Eve Dallas from the In Death series by JD Robb. The plot is intriguing and moves along quickly enough to keep the reader engaged, but the writing feels sparse. Much more attention is given to the details of the various settings than insight to the characters. It reads like an old school detective novel.
I would still recommend it for someone who is a fan of that style. There are enough twists to keep you guessing.
But, I will admit I often found myself skimming through the details to reach the next step of the plot.
This story is also told in alternating point-of-view which can be frustrating. The secondary point-of-view plays the "pronoun game" which authors have become so fond of. The characters are only referred to as "She" and "He" so you aren't ever completely sure who you are reading about therefore can't fully empathize with the character. Even some of Sunnie's first person point-of-view is cryptic. "He answered. I responded." But, doesn't reveal who "he" is or what her "response" was.
That being said, I did enjoy the book and will try others by this author.
Side note: If you read this, I have question about something that confused me at the end. I don't want to post a spoiler, but message me!