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    4.5 stars- A different sort of lead

    I don’t read much within the forensic crime and mystery genre these days, but I have a few favorite authors who continue to entice me back into that world with each new release. When I saw Miss Reichs was releasing a standalone, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity explore a new world of hers. From the outset, Miss Reichs effectively sets the main character, Sunday Night, far apart from the Temperance Brennan stories. Her socially awkward and aloof personality came through not only in her interactions and inner dialogue, but also in the writing style and rhythm. While it took me time to adjust to the more staccato, broken style, I ended up appreciating how well it captured this character and her way of interpreting the world. I did struggle to relate to Sunday initially, but I was thrilled by the introduction to her brother. Their relationship significantly developed her personality, taking a character who was initially difficult to connect with and humanizing her through lively banter and a level of vulnerability. I also loved how the reader really got to see some of Sunday’s inner concerns and thoughts as the current mystery forced her to reflect on her painful past. Miss Reichs’s books always make me think, not only as I try to piece together the clues and discoveries, but also in regards to social issues or the way circumstances shape main or secondary characters. This was especially apparent in Two Nights because the reader is exposed to a wholly different character with a very unique background. The mystery itself immediately captured my interest. There were plenty of secondary characters to add to the intrigue along the way, but more than that it was seeing how Sunday’s brain worked through the clues to unravel the crime. The action scenes were balanced and fast-paced, complete with rapid-fire detail but not so descriptive that it diminished the intensity. And the twists…there wasn’t one but a few, and I really didn’t see any of them coming. I love that about this author. There’s always a build, always excitement, and always the unexpected revelation. The fact that the reader gets to experience that along with the character makes it a thrilling read. In Two Nights, we get all that, plus a new character to explore. Though Sunday Night may not be quite as personable as Temperance Brennan, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and seeing her perspective. I think Kathy Reichs fans or readers looking for a different sort of lead character will also enjoy this title. *I received an eARC courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley. The publisher and author had no input on this review*
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    Great characters.

    This is such a different story. Sunday is a very odd and tortured character. I really liked her for her determination and tenacity. Sunday has a lot of demons and that is why she took the job to look for the bombers. She also felt that Stella was still alive. She is met with so many twists and turns to the mystery.
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    Hard to connect with the characters

    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.

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