Thursday, 11 August 2016

NIGHT SHIFT by Charlaine Harris


Welcome to Midnight, Texas. 

At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves-only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. 

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There's a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. 

And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose-which just might happen-it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...


I really enjoyed Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift, so I was super excited about reading the final book in the Midnight, Texas trilogy.

Midnight is a very small town located in Texas. The residents aren't like other people. They're all used to seeing strange things, supernatural creatures and even weirder situations. However, when seemingly random people start showing up in Midnight to buy weapons from the local pawnshop or 'witchy' store and kill themselves at the crossroads, even they realise something awful is on the horizon.

The local vampire, Lemuel is convinced something evil lurks beneath the crossroads and he's got an ancient text that might just reveal the information needed. But it's in an obscure language he doesn't fully understand, and the translation is slow. Finding another vampire able to do the task faster sounds like a great idea, but is filled with more danger than expected. 

Meanwhile, his partner Olivia is dealing with past demons that refuse to leave her alone. Bobo is unintentionally ruining a good friendship and the possibility of love. Manfred somehow becomes the designated resident trying to stop the suicides. Diederik is now a young man eager to learn more about his heritage. His father Quinn has returned to Midnight and has his eye on someone local. Joe and Chuy are still helpful and ready to protect when needed. The Rev is, well, the Rev. The Reed family is under suspicion. And there's a new resident working the Gas N Go. A mysterious man who might just have some of the answers they need to defeat an evil threat.

And Fiji? She's got a lot on her plate. Dealing with her estranged and deadbeat sister, trying to accept that Bobo is never going to see her as more than a friend, using her magic whenever needed, and hearing a voice whispering inside her head. Being a witch puts her in the middle of what's happening to Midnight, and she might be the one who has to sacrifice the most in order to stop whatever is trying to surface...

I loved this book! I loved this trilogy! It was fun and full of mystery, intrigue and danger. The way supernatural creatures are sprinkled into an otherwise mundane town works very well in the Midnight, Texas trilogy. And of course, I always get a kick out of the array of characters taken from the Sookie Stackhouse, Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Harper Connelly and Lily Bard Mystery series. It's awesome to see how well they all fit together and with the new characters.

Night Shift is a very satisfying end to a wonderful trilogy. It's full of secrets and a mystery that reveals a very unexpected dark threat. There's something really simple--yet magical--about the way Charlaine Harris tells a story. Everyone seems so ordinary and appear to lead such average lives, but as the story moves along, they all break out and shine in their own way. I've always loved that about her writing. 

I'm happy with this trilogy, but also sad to see it end. BUT, I especially can't wait to see what's next for this awesome author. :)


Night Shift, May 2016, ISBN 9780575092938, Gollancz

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