Genre: Adult Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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.
Two Nights is the story about Sunny Night, a reclusive ex-cop who is pulled into a missing persons case and is forced to face a past that forever changed her.
This was my first time reading Kathy Reichs. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I liked a lot of things in Two Nights, mainly the actual mystery and main character, but the writing style left me unsatisfied.
The mystery is full of twist and turns that kept me guessing from the first page to the last. It was engaging and intriguing and kept me reading while I was reading. I make that distinction because when I took a break from reading, I had to convince myself to pick it back up again. This is due to my dislike of the writing style. I couldn’t connect with it. It felt like there was a barrier between the story because of the writing and I. Reichs’ style is abrupt yet descriptive throughout the entire novel. This may be a reflection of the main character’s mental state or the author’s style (as I have previously mentioned I haven’t read anything else by the author). Either way, I didn’t enjoy it.
On the other hand, Sunny Night as a character intrigued me. Sunny has suffered some sort of trauma as a child that isn’t fully explained until the end of the novel. Sunny is resourceful, patient, intelligent, and badass. There were a few moments that I was stunned by Sunny’s badassery and resourcefulness. I thoroughly enjoyed her perspective on the mystery despite my dislike for the writing.
Overall, Two Nights is an okay read that kept me somewhat entertained. The mystery is satisfying and interesting, but is ultimately done a disservice by the writing. Despite my more negative review, I will be picking up more Reichs in the future!
**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.