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Front cover of the book 'Two Nights'.

Kathy Reichs
Two Nights

Publisher: William Heinemann

ISBN 978-0-4340-21116
ISBN 978-0-4340-21123


Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and emotional 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 might just lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Two Nights is Reichs first stand alone thriller, focusing on Sunday Night, an ex cop with a grievance to bear. Alongside the main action of the story, Reich has slotted in fragments of a different tale, one that puts flesh onto the bones of her multifaceted leading lady and adds to the tension that builds up happily as each page is turned.

The narrative is led predominately by Sunnie, and Reichs has given her a 50s PI approach to the dialogue meaning shorter and to the point sentences. By doing this she has developed her main character very quickly and makes for a more engaging read as we get a first hand glance into the workings out of her complex protagonist.

This is a fast paced thriller, moving quickly from one location to another, never losing sight of the main goals that Reichs her given her characters. The descriptions of scenes and settings are as quick and to the point as Sunnie herself and we are never bogged down with too much description.

Focusing on very relevant themes of the day, Two Nights is a book that is hard to put down, and Reichs's no nonsense approach to her characters means that she will have you hooked from page one.





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