Book Review: The Night Shift


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 New Jersey, four teenagers working late at the store are attacked. Only one inexplicably survives. Police quickly identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen again.

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

In the aftermath of the latest crime, three lives intersect: the lone survivor of the Blockbuster massacre who’s forced to relive the horrors of her tragedy; the brother of the fugitive accused, who’s convinced the police have the wrong suspect; and FBI agent Sarah Keller who must delve into the secrets of both nights—stirring up memories of teen love and lies—to uncover the truth about murders on the night shift.

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 Finlay as one of the new leading voices in the world of thrillers.

My Review

Reading this book did give me nostalgia vibes regarding Blockbuster. I can remember visiting my local Blockbuster regularly to check out movies. 

I really enjoyed this book. I started it in the morning and by the evening I had finished this book. This story is told from three main POVs...Ella is the sole survivor of the original murders, FBI Agent Keller, and Chris is the brother of Vince, who was believed to be the original killer. 

I had no trouble with the multiple POVs. I wanted to point this out as sometimes this can get confusing. In this case, it was no problem and in fact, it brought me closer to each of the characters. It allowed me to get close to each of them on an emotional level. 

The whole time I was reading this book, I kind of was interested in figuring out who the killer was before the reveal but at the same time I did not care if I did not figure it out early. The Night Shift will keep you up all night reading!


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