by Terrance Mc Arthur
This week we have a review & giveaway of Night Shift. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book, along with a link to purchase the book from Amazon.
Charlaine Harris created the South we always suspected existed, full of strange creatures—vampires, werefolk of the tiger kind, witches, a family that runs a café and does handyman work, angels who may be fallen, psychics, assassins, pawnbrokers. Currently, that world is centered on Midnight, Texas, a mostly boarded-up town at a crossroads far from everywhere. Night Shift is the third in this series, a set of books that doesn’t like to allow the status quo to maintain that status for long.
Suicides are the new norm in Midnight, people arriving in town to kill themselves, people known by Fiji, the witch…and along comes her sister Kiki. Lemuel, a vampire, is trying to translate an arcane book written in Etruscan. Olivia, a killer for hire, has family problems. Fiji and the ‘normal’ pawnshop owner, Bobo, find their budding romance on the skids. Somebody is watching somebody…and trespassing. A young weretiger is growing up faster than a human…and is becoming very grown up. Something is wrong in Midnight…and it’s getting stronger…and it’s talking to Fiji…and it’s trying to get loose.
Harris is known for her Sookie Stackhouse series, which came to cable TV as True Blood, as well as several cozy story-sets. Some old friends of Sookie visit from time to time. A lot of this novel centers on sex—who is having it, who isn’t having it, who is going to have it, why they aren’t having it, and why they need to have it. When they get down to having it, there’s a certain sweetness and gentleness to it, even if the scene is told in a straightforward manner.
Because Midnight, Texas is a very small town, all the residents get their moments. The Southern Vampire Mysteries’ first-person style featured Sookie’s viewpoint. The different points of view in the Midnight series create a more diffused narrative as the perspective bounces from character to character, but this third book has its share of surprising reveals about the characters and their backgrounds.
The initial book in the cycle, Midnight Crossroad, is a good place to start, although situations are adequately explained in Night Shift without major information dumps. Harris, queen of Southern paranormal Gothic romance, has given her loyal readers a demonically good time.
To enter to win a copy of Night Shift, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “shift,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 11, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address.
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