Publication: 3rd March 2022 – Head of Zeus
What connects a massacre in a Blockbuster video store in 1999 with the murder
of four teenagers fifteen years later?
It’s New Year’s Eve of 1999 when four teenagers working late are attacked at a
Blockbuster video store in New Jersey. Only one inexplicably survives. Police quickly
identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen
Fifteen years later, four more teenagers are attacked at an ice cream store in the
same town, and again only one makes it out alive.
In the aftermath of the latest crime, three lives intersect: the lone survivor of the
Blockbuster massacre, who is forced to relive the horrors of her tragedy; the brother
of the fugitive accused, who is convinced the police have the wrong suspect; and FBI
agent Sarah Keller, who must delve into the secrets of both nights to uncover the
truth about the night shift murders…
Good morning, everyone! Today, it’s my turn on the blog tour for The Night Shift, the gripping new novel by Alex Finlay.
Last year, I devoured Every Last Fear, and this year I found myself, once again, engrossed in a novel by Alex Finlay. The Night Shift begins on the night of New Year Eve 1999, when five teenagers are brutally attacked at a Blockbuster store in New Jersey. Four of them are killed, only one of them survives. Many years later, that survivor, Ella, is a therapist and she is called on the scene of yet another attack. Four teenagers, three are killed, only one survivor, Jess. And Jess will talk only to her. Ella can relate to Jess, but she soon finds out that Jess has her own dark secrets. In the meantime, FBI agent Sarah Keller is called in to investigate whether the two killings are related, while Chris Ford, a public defender, is in a desperate search for his brother.
The plot is fast-paced, suspenseful, and full of surprises and twists, and I love how the perspective switch from one point of view to the other: from Ella who has her demons to face to Chris with a past that he keeps secret from everyone to Sarah who is convinced that there is something missing from the investigation of the first massacre.
Once I started reading The Night Shift, I found it difficult to put it down, especially because the author inserts many cliffhangers that made me say “just one more chapter” over and over again. Even though I suspected the truth right before it was revealed, it didn’t spoil the experience and there were still many things that took me by surprise. The ending and resolution were intense and well-thought, although a bit heart-breaking. The Night Shift is definitely a book I highly recommend!
A huge thank you to Polly and Head of Zeus for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of the novel.
Alex Finlay is the pseudonym of Anthony Franze, an author who lives in Washington D.C. As Alex Finlay, he writes gripping psychological thrillers such as Every Last Fear. As Anthony Franze, he writes compelling legal thrillers including The Advocate’s Daughter, The Outsider and The Last Justice.
He’s garnered national praise for his work as a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice of a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm and he has been a commentator on high-court issues for The New Republic, Bloomberg, and National Law Journal.