Two Nights Book Review
|Published:||July 11, 2017, Bantam|
|No. of Pages:||336|
|Cover Price:||$28.00, $14.99 Kindle|
Anyone familiar with Kathy Reichs and her bestselling series starring Tempe Brennan, knows that anything she writes is going to be good. Reichs has now written a standalone novel without Tempe. Two Knights features Sunday Night, who has for the past six years managed to stay isolated from almost everyone on Goat Island, where the only access is by private boat, which is how she likes it – no visitors and few neighbors. Sunday quit the police force after killing a vicious attacker, and since then has avoided human contact as much as possible. However, her surrogate father, Beau, comes to her island and talks her into looking into a missing person case, hoping it will heal her as well as help the family with their loss.
Sunday is a unique character; she has major scars on her face from the attack, as well as psychological scars that make her almost cynical when it comes to interacting with people as well as solving cases. Reichs has developed her character, Sunday, into someone who has enough flaws that she is believable, human, and interesting. The woman who hires her to find her granddaughter is a tough old girl and Sunday takes an immediate dislike to her. The case intrigues Sunday, however, so she takes it anyway and finds herself more involved than she plans.
As is Reichs’ style, the novel moves along quickly, and the suspense builds as Sunday and others are put into danger at every turn. Sunday isn’t a superhero, but seems to do well taking care of herself, especially when her brother checks in to help. He is also likeable and a bit protective of his sister, which is a good thing as she often needs protection.
Fans of Kathy Reichs will welcome this standalone novel; it wouldn’t be a surprise if this begins a new series, however, because Sunday is an interesting character and with Reichs’ imagination, there are probably dozens of scenarios that will make good novels.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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