Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Many thanks go to Net Galley and the publisher, Random House UK, for granting me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Kathy Reichs is the bestselling author of 18 books in the Temperance Brennan books which were later made into a fairly successful TV series, Bones. Some years ago I read the first book in the series and was reasonably impressed. Now she has started a brand new series of which Two Nights is the first book.

Summer Night is an ex-cop and ex-military. When she gets hired by a wealthy lady to track down her family's killers, and to find if her granddaughter Stella is still alive, Summer travels to Chicago to the scene of the bomb attack that killed them. However, the killers are on to her an pretty quickly she ends up tracking members of the group across America in all directions. All the time, she also has to deal with the ghost of her own past, the reason she is named Summer Night in the first place...

Ok, so this book was a slow burner and I had a few formatting issues which may have affected my judgement. The idea of the book is good, especially given the huge spate of terror attacks going on right now, and the characters are well formed. Maybe Summer is a little too complicated, but it is that which drives her to try to save the girl. Another positive is definitely the fast pace towards the end, and a good, strong finish.

However, the slow start made me feel against this book, as did the over-complication of several aspects. Some chapters left me completely confused, but that could be to do with the formatting errors I mentioned earlier. Maybe if that hadn't been an issue, I would have given it a better rating.

If you are a fan of Kathy Reichs work, this might be good for you, but if you are a new reader, maybe look at the Temperance Brennan books instead. It's not a bad book, but it doesn't stand out.

Star rating: 3/5

This book will be published on 13th July 2017