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The Night Shift

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Dark. Twisty. Addictive. Finlay delivers the suspense with THE NIGHT SHIFT. The author manages to captivate and keep narrative moving with expert writing and plotting.
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I loved this! To be honest I don’t like the cover and thought it might be a bit cheesy because of it, but you literally can’t judge a book by its cover!
The mystery was fun to figure out and be surprised by throughout. Is definitely recommend this!
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Love this book! I really enjoyed it and It's another amazing book from this author. The characters are easy to follow in. The storyline is amazingly written. I think this will make a good movie if it ever gets picked up by producers 😉
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Great book and enjoyed the characters . loved the slight romance and the how well the group worked together. Overall a great book . I would read this author again.
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Y2K may  not have had the world-wide bang for which people braced, but in one small town, the employees of a local Blockbuster video store were brutally murdered. The killer--a boyfriend of one of the employees--was caught, and the town moved on ... for fifteen years. Then, the employees of the local ice cream store are also viciously attacked. Again, one victim is left alive. The similarities tick too many boxes for law enforcement as well as for the brother of the accused.

Special Agent Sarah Keller (Every Last Fear) puts in another appearance in this throw-back thriller, and readers will find her just as practical and endearing as before. The storyline is fast, terrifying, and twisty, and the pretense--for those who grew up in the 90s especially--absolutely intriguing.
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I was initially really drawn in by this, but as the book went on and things started to become more intertwined, I found myself losing interest. I think this is mostly due to the investigative crime aspects of this which I really just didn't care about. When the book started surrounding all the details of the cases instead of the characters themselves, I found it hard to stay intrigued. I did like 2/3 of the POVs but didn't care for Chris's. I did suspect the killer early on as well which made the last 1/3 of the book less exciting for me. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed ‘Every Last Fear” so I had my pretty high expectations for this book and I was not let down.

It was twisty, it was intense, it had multiple time lines, and multiple POVs with really interesting characters.
Everything I can ask for in a thriller.
While there were a few things I found a little (without giving spoilers) unrealistic for these characters to be doing, but I can suspend a little belief if you get me hooked enough.
Also I love the Y2K throwback. I was 11 that year so I remember it but I wasn’t really old enough to really understand the implications of everything so it’s interesting to look back now on that time as an adult.
I’m definitely going to continue reading whatever thrillers he puts out.
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The Night Shift is a phenomenal thriller from start to finish. Filled to the brim with twists and a captivating plot, this one is sure to keep readers hooked. The characters are well-developed. The story is incredibly fast-paced. This is one not to be missed! Highly recommended! Be sure to check out The Night Shift asap.
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I love “final girl” stories and this one didn’t disappoint. Strong female characters, a savage murder scene resembling one in the past, a psycho on the loose and a few caring, supportive men thrown in the mix and you’ve got an excellent thriller. Perfect for the Halloween season! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this free copy. 4.5 stars!!!
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Two timelines, multiple perspectives. This is the kind of crime fiction that I love!!! Teens murdered in a Blockbuster Video on New Year's Eve, 1999. Small town cops make quickie arrest, but the accused killer takes off and hasn't been seen since. Fifteen years later and a murderer hits the town's ice cream shop, again leaving just one teen survivor, even whispering the same words to her as he leaves that the previous survivor heard. Is the killer back? Connecting the dots between the survivors, police, and the town that is rich with secrets makes Alex Finlay's THE NIGHT SHIFT is a total page turner.
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As with Every Last Fear, Alex Finlay delivers a great mystery with some thrilling moments but most importantly with characters that you find yourself rooting for. The players involved in this new mystery are surviving their individual hardships and past traumas as best they can and you cannot help but root for them. It was great to see FBI Agent Keller again. Her intelligence and competence make watching her unravel the mystery great fun, but its also equally enjoyable seeing her spend time with her husband and get ready for when her twins arrive. Hope we get to see Keller back for another mystery soon.
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A strong 4-star rating for the second Finlay novel I read! I consider myself really lucky to have received an ARC, because it was a terrific thriller.

I loved the cover and, luckily, the story didn't disappoint. Three equally interesting POV, a clever plot, some twists and turns and a couple of endearing characters managed to keep me engaged all along. I thought the pacing was great and, even if I guessed the culprit early on, I don't think it was too obvious (and I still had a lot of fun reading). I guess a lot of readers are going to be surprised by this smart twist (and I envy you!).

If you liked Every Last Fear, do not hesitate to read this one!
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Here’s an embarrassing confession:  I read this in MARCH and never reviewed it so I went and ahead and read it again this weekend.  I knew nothing before requesting this from NetGalley.  I didn’t bother looking at the blurb and just assumed from the author, title and cover, that this would be yet another submission in the line of stories revolving around the the ever popular trope of the Final Girl. And I was sorta right that this did feature not only one, but TWO “final girls.”  

The story here goes like this – back in the day someone pulled the ol’ stabby stab on a group of kids working at the local Blockbuster.  It was assumed to be a jilted boyfriend and case closed.  The only problem was said perp escaped and hasn’t even been heard from since.  Fifteen years later and there’s another late-night stab session at a local ice cream parlor.  In both cases only one girl made it out alive.  So who did it?  What’s the motive?  And are the two cases connected or just coincidental???

Alright so this had a couple of things that are pet peeves for me.  First, an über pregnant FBI agent (bonus this time there’s two babies in her big o’ belly rather than only one).  I mean, COME ON.  This chick would be on desk duty.  However, it gave many Francis McDormand and John Carroll Lynch circa <i>Fargo</i> vibes so . . . . forgiven.  Second, the traumatized victim from the past is now a therapist who is the only one the survivor from the present will talk to.  God that is soooooo overdone.  But, this damn thing was great and my guess was wrong regarding the whodunnit so I’m giving it all the Stars.  A solid addition for anyone looking to add some items to their TBR for Stabtober : )

<i>ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you, NetGalley!</i>
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This was a satisfying thriller and I look forward to reading more from Alex Finlay. At first the different POVs and multiple characters were confusing. Eventually I liked the different areas of the case that each covered and really enjoyed when their worlds collided. But sometimes it was hard to remember who knew what. Still, I was there for every twist and turn that it took.

I love when “fun” genres have meatier elements and I experienced a profound moment in The Night Shift that wonderfully captured the complicated nature of emotions, showing how horrible truth can also bring glorious relief. Thank you for that.

Sadly, the ending wasn’t satisfying. I thought the killer was possible, even likely, and it felt like there were still some gaps (did Jessie know it was him all along? How did she know Vince was innocent?) I also found it hard to buy the agent who is 8 months pregnant with twins and puts her children’s lives in danger. With the unanswered questions, confusing beginning, and lackluster end I can’t give it more than 3 stars but I did enjoy much of the reading experience, including the overall story and writing style.
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This was a fun, quick read by Alex FInlay. I enjoyed the setting and I didn't guess right away who did it.
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This is the 2nd book from Alex Findlay and I feel like they just keep getting better and better each time. This book was incredible, fast paced and intriguing. There is only 3 or 4 POV's in this one so it was easy to keep everything straight and separated. I really enjoyed reading about Ella her story was the one that sucked me in. I had to know what would happen. 

10/10 would absolutely recommend.
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The Night Shift by Alex Finlay ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Awesome book, page turning and I enjoyed the twists. I really liked Alex Finlay previous book (Every Last Fear) and decided to read this one too and he didn't disappoint! I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
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This was my first Alex Finlay novel and I was not disappointed. The Night Shift was a solid thriller. I loved the mystery of this one, which did keep me guessing, although I was able to figure out the killer before the ending. I would have liked to have had more of the 90's, but I think the story telling was done well weaving the past and present together. This one was fast paced and held my interest throughout.
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Alex Finlay does it again with an excellent follow-up thriller to his debut, and he has now become a must-read author for me! Also, I LOVE this cover with the neon lights!

The Night Shift was a quick read with short chapters (the best), and features dual timelines, which Finlay handled well. The first timeline, set in 1999, features four teenage girls working at a Blockbuster (throwback!) when 3/4 of them are killed. Police identify a suspect but are unable to capture him.

Fifteen years later, a similar crime happens at an ice cream shop: 4 teenage girls are working, three are killed, and one survives.

What follows is a race to catch this killer featuring a great cast of characters. We get a sharp female FBI agent and her eager assistant/sidekick, the original survivor who is now a counselor for troubled teens, the younger survivor who happens to be a troubled teen herself, and the brother of the initial suspect who eluded police for 15 years.

Finlay weaves in so many twists and turns in the hunt for the killer, along with unexpected connections between the characters! It was a page turner and I'm here for his next thriller!
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Thank you netgalley and publisher for allowing me to read and review this arc honestly. 

This book pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you guessing. There’s a lot of characters (to me) but was easy to keep track of who was doing what or what storyline you were reading for that chapter. I’d recommend this book for others that love fast paced psychological thrillers!
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