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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Book Review: Nightfall (Nightingale: Book One) by Stephen Leather

Nightfall (Nightingale: Book One) Stephen Leather

“You're going to hell, Jack Nightingale.”

These are the words that ended Jack Nightingale's career as a police negotiator. Now a struggling private detective, the chilling words return with a vengeance when Jack inherits a mansion with a priceless library—and a terrifying warning from a man who claims to be his father.

Nightingale quickly learns his soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his thirty-third birthday, which is just three short weeks away. It’s a hard pill to swallow. He doesn't believe in Hell and probably doesn't believe in Heaven either. But when people close to him start to die horribly, he is led to the inescapable conclusion that real evil may be at work. And if he doesn't find a way out, he'll be damned for eternity.

Dripping with brooding intensity, unrelenting suspense, and surprising wit, United Kingdom thriller master Stephen Leather’s first book in the Nightingale series is a riveting, heart-stopping mystery with extraordinary range and power.

I am going to get right to the point, this wasn't the book for me. The blurb sounded right up my alley, but the writing style was not. The premise for the story is solid and interesting, and the technical aspect of the writing is top notch, but my problem was the pacing. It couldn't keep my interest. It took me two weeks to read because I just wasn't motivated to pick it up once I put it down. I wanted to DNF it, but I also wanted to know how it ended.

I am keeping this review short because the book didn't strike an emotional chord with me so I have nothing to talk about. Check out other reviews because some people have enjoyed it. 
Goodread stats: 3.82 stars· 405 ratings · 82 reviews

There is the most fabulous interactive website dedicated to Jack Nightingale here

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About this author
Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full-time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. For much of 2011 his self-published eBooks - including The Bestseller, The Basement, Once Bitten and Dreamer's Cat - dominated the UK eBook bestseller lists and sold more than half a million copies.

Jack Nightingale

1. Nightfall (2010)
2. Midnight (2011)
3. Nightmare (2012)
4. Nightingale (2013)

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