Why we're still hooked on 'The Night Shift' by Alex Finlay

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A good thriller is enough to keep your mind and days occupied. But a thriller that completely captivates you, keeps you guessing, and leaves you feeling some kind of way at the end is hard to come by. The Night Shift by Alex Finlay will do that to you.

His newest release, ‘The Night Shift’ with Minotaur Books, knocks it out of the park with a gripping plot, relatable characters and a satisfactory conclusion.

In the Night Shift, crimes are solved, lives are lost, connections are made, and thrill takes over every plotline. The story begins before the Y2K, on New Years’ Eve 1999. Employees of a Blockbuster store in Linden, New Jersey, didn’t expect the night to be different. Until four of them were attacked, with three deaths and only one survivor.

A suspect is found, but he flees, never to be seen again.

The people of Linden move on with their lives until a similar attack takes place fifteen years later. Four teenage employees at an ice cream store are attacked, with three dead and one survivor.

Eerie? It’s only just the beginning. Are the two crimes connected? Has the suspect returned? Did he truly commit the crime?  

In the aftermath of both crimes, three lives entwine. The survivor of the Blockbuster massacre who’s forced to relive her tragedy; the brother of the original suspect, who’s convinced the police have it wrong; and the FBI agent, who’s determined to solve both cases.

What we love…

Poignant, gripping and redemptive, the plot of The Night Shift makes you obsess over the connecting crimes. The intersection of stories and lives binds every character together. However, what we love are the differing perspectives. The story is told from the perspective of the three main characters, the survivor, the suspect’s brother and the FBI agent.

Through the survivor—Ella, we learn about the possibilities of the first crime. How it affected her, her trauma and how she’d help solve the new crime. Ella connects with the survivor, understands her and unfolds secrets she’d never imagined existed.

The suspect’s brother—Chris, who grows up to become an attorney, still believes his brother is innocent and is trying to find him. Until the recent attack, where his world changes. Chris and Ella embark on a journey to understand what really happened fifteen years ago and why the attacks were repeated. 

The FBI agent—Sarah, is a force of nature. With twins in her belly, a gun in her belt and a mission to bring the victims to justice, Sarah investigates both cases closely, understanding the people involved and believing in the innocent until proven guilty ideology. Her investigation with local police officer Atticus Singh takes her down a dangerous, delicious and thrilling road. When town secrets, lies and the truth are brought to life, readers are bound to be shell shocked.

The author charismatically details 90’s nostalgia and unifies his characters in the present with wit. Mini cliffhangers at the end of every chapter keep you guessing, making you want to read more. The Night Shift is binge-worthy with multiple dark themes, a redemption arc, and an absolute satisfactory conclusion.

The Night Shift is a novel that details the long-lasting impacts of trauma, how the broken can heal and how mental illness is very real and often dangerous. The author draws readers in with his unique voice, marking his place as a leading storyteller in the world of thrillers.

Alex Finlay is a pseudonym for an author based in Washington, DC. The critically acclaimed author is known for mind-boggling thrillers like Every Last Year, The Advocates Daughter and more.

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