Monday, July 17, 2017

Review - Two Nights by Kathy Reichs @KathyReichs @penguinrandom

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Random House Publishing - Ballantine
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Date Read: July 16, 2017
Length:  336 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★☆☆☆
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

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

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32766483-the-bookshop-at-water-s-end
My Review

Well, this was disappointing.  When I saw that Kathy Reichs had written a stand alone novel, I knew that I wanted to read it.   I have really enjoyed her books in the past and was looking forward to this book.  This book never clicked for me and I found myself constantly setting the book aside.  There were some parts of the book that I did enjoy and I never really considered not finishing it but it wasn't a story that did much for me.

I think one of my main problems with this book is that I didn't care for the characters.  The focus of this book is Sunday Night, or Sunnie.  Sunnie is an ex-cop that carries a lot of scars both physical and emotional.  She was paranoid but had a lot of skills that were put to the test as she tried to find out what happened to the girl she has been hired to find.  There are sections of the book spread throughout the story that talk of Sunnie's past.  I thought that learning her backstory was way too drawn out and by the time any real information was given I had lost interest.

The mystery never grabbed me.  I just had a really hard time getting into the overall story.  Of course, I wanted to know what had happened to the girl but the story seemed to move really slow.  Everything was a waiting game wrapped up in Sunnie's paranoia.  It just felt like it took really long time for things to get moving.  So much so that this turned into a book that I kept checking how much more was left just because I wanted to be done with it.

The writing felt really choppy with lots of short sentences that never really flowed.   There was a lot of really traumatic things happening in the story but I never felt like any of the characters had a single emotion.  I did think that the book had a good start.  I like the idea of Sunnie.  I like that she was quirky and a little different but that feeling faded quickly.

I am not going to be recommending this one.  I think that anyone interested in reading Kathy Reichs should start with the Temperance Brennan series which I loved.  I haven't read the whole series but have read the first 13 books or so in that series and really enjoyed them and actually plan to re-read the series at some point.  This book was a miss for me but I do look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley.
About the Author

KATHY REICHS is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life as much as her novels are the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the FOX network.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

16 comments:

  1. Wow, sorry to hear this did not work for you. This is the third negative review I am reading for this title. Makes me a bit wary about reading it.

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    1. It was so disappointing. I was really looking forward to it but found myself falling asleep while I was reading.

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  2. Bummer on that. Sometimes a dud comes along even from a favorite writer. I still need to try her stuff.

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    1. Exactly. Not every book is going to work for every reader.

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  3. I do like the series, but I have not really watched it for ages :/

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    1. My husband likes the show but I prefer the books. The show is so different than the books and I can't help but constantly compare them.

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  4. The character's name caught my attention. Never heard Sunday Night before. And after reading the blurb, I wanted to find out more. Sorry you were disappointed. Hard to like a book when you don't care for the characters and the writing doesn't flow well. Thanks for your honesty though :)

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    1. The name was very different but that was ok. I just couldn't connect on any level and ended up bored.

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  5. Oh, that's too bad. I haven't read a book by Ms. Reichs but I know you're a fan. Empathy for the characters is crucial. So I don't blame you for being disappointed.

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    1. Exactly...I found that after a while I just didn't care anymore.

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  6. How disappointing. Especially since you usually like hers. Hopefully the next is beter.

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    1. I think I need to go back and focus on the Brennan series.

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  7. Well darn. I have this one sitting on the Kindle.

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  8. Oh no, it just seems like everything about this book didn't work out for you! From the choppy writing, to the mystery not being interesting enough and never clicking with the characters. I don't think I will be reading this one myself either. :/

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