By Alex Finley
An Absorbing and Cleverly Layered Thriller
New Years' Eve 1999. Four teenagers working late at a Blockbuster Video store are murdered in New Jersey. One of the employees survives. Police quickly identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen again.
Fifteen years later, three teenage employees are attacked on a night shift at an ice cream store in the same town, and again a fourth victim makes it out alive.
Ella Monroe, who had survived the Blockbuster murder, is now a counselor and is called to the hospital to meet Jesse Duvall, the survivor of this latest case. Chris Ford, a public defender, was assigned to this new case. And he is also the brother of the fugitive in the Blockbuster murders. FBI agent Sarah Keller, who is eight-and-a-half months pregnant with twins, investigates the similarities between the two crimes. She bravely delves into the secrets from both nights to uncover the truth about the murders on the night shift.
The Night Shift is an absorbing thriller that will have you racing through the pages. The pacing is quick, the writing is solid, and the twists will bring you to your knees.
The characters are plentiful, and it may take a few brain cells to keep everyone straight. The one character you will have no problem remembering is Sarah Keller. Despite her pregnancy, she is relentless and courageous. In addition to Sarah, the story alternates points of view between Ella and Chris, a public defender and the suspect's brother in the Blockbuster case. All the characters were unique and well-developed.
Author Alex Finlay is a pen name for an author who lives in Washington, D.C. His first novel, Every Last Fear, was published in 2021 to tremendous acclaim and is being developed for a major television series. The Night Shift made several most-anticipated book lists. You should read it!
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
Published March 1, 2022