Title: Night by Night
Author: Jack Jordan
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Date of Publication: May 2nd 2019
‘If you’re reading this, I’m dead.’
Rejected by her family and plagued by insomnia, Rose Shaw is on the brink. But one dark evening she collides with a man running through the streets, who quickly vanishes. The only sign he ever existed – a journal dropped at Rose’s feet.
She begins to obsessively dedicate her sleepless nights to discovering what happened to Finn Matthews, the mysterious author of the journal. Why was he convinced someone wanted to kill him? And why, in the midst of a string of murders, won’t the police investigate his disappearance?
Rose is determined to uncover the truth. But she has no idea what the truth will cost her…
I’m being serious here, guys! How does Jack write such amazing stories? Someone should check his attic – he might have kidnapped some famous writer we thought was long gone!
Just kidding! I know Jack’s a good man. I know there’s no one in your attic. I’m right, ain’t I, Jack?
Ok, sorry. Let’s come back to the review.
In Night By Night, we get introduced to Rose Shaw, a painter, a wife, mother to twin girls and a victim of insomnia. Right of the bat, we see how insomnia affects one’s life. A tragedy occurs and Rose’s life is shattered into pieces. What Rose doesn’t know is that life has more in store for her in the form of a journal written by Finn Matthew.
With nothing going on right in her life, Rose dedicates her sleepless nights to reading Finn’s journal and trying to look for him. But no one wants her to investigate Finn’s disappearance. Not her family, not the police, no one is willing to help her. But Rose is determined to find the answers.
Night By Night, just like any other Jack Jordan books, is spine-chilling and irresistible. I was pulled into the story right away and now that I’m done reading the book I’m still roaming around the woods of Rearwood. Fast-paced with enough breathers in between, this book doesn’t feel boring in even one chapter. And if I were you, I’d read every word carefully because each of them is important.
Jack has the knack of making the characters real. The words he type in ink turns into blood and oxygen and flows into the characters uninterrupted. I could feel the exhaustion of Rose’s insomnia, Finn’s fear and the Antagonist’s madness. It was beautiful to see how Jack slowly switched from insomniac, aimless Rose to still insomniac yet determined Rose. Jack is a master at making the story feel real. I felt as if I am an invisible entity who’s present in the story just to observe.
Speaking of real, there were some place which curdled my blood and twisted my stomach. I couldn’t believe, just like Rose, that such inhumane humans are there who just can’t let people be themselves. It scared me thinking how are gay friends can be and are treated and so much of it is pushed under the rug. Jack, with his words, creates a vivid picture you can’t turn away from.
And Jack is the Master of Last Lines. Here’s an example of the last line of one of the chapters –
‘The man smiled beside him and locked the doors.’
I still feel chills run down my spine! When I read this sentence, my brain immediately said, ‘Oh shit!’ We usually hear that the first line in a chapter is important but Jack makes the last line irresistible, therefore forcing you to continue on reading.
I have to say, at about 50% mark, I sort of knew who the antagonist might be. But keeping my previous experiences with reading Jack’s novels in mind, I didn’t keep my hopes high because Jack knows what the readers might expect so he does exactly opposite of that. I’m proud to say that, in my four Jack Jordan reads so far, I actually cracked the code! I was right about the antagonist! And I absolutely loved it! This was the best twist that could happen in this story and it did throw me off my seat.
Jack Jordan is a master of his craft. If there’s one thriller author you want to read in your life, make it Jack Jordan.
Night By Night by Jack Jordan gets 5 out 5 stars from me.
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About The Author:
Jack Jordan wrote his first novel at seventeen and self-published two e-book bestsellers, Anything For Her and My Girl, by the age of twenty four. Jack’s third novel Before Her Eyes published in Summer 2018. He lives in East Anglia.
Thank you to Corvus for sending me a copy of Night by Night.
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