Happy publication day to Nick Hollin and ‘The Goodnight Song’! I am delighted to be kicking off the blog blitz today with a review. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book.
When the cold, lifeless body of a policeman is pulled from the Thames in the early hours of the morning, it appears at first glance to be a terrible accident.
But when old diary pages predicting the exact details of the crime start appearing online, ex-criminal psychologist and owner of the diary, Nathan Radley, becomes the number one suspect in the most terrifying murder investigation the London police has ever seen.
Nathan’s partner, Detective Katie Rhodes knows that he is innocent, because she was with him the night of the attack.
But as more extracts are posted, and more bodies begin to surface, how much longer can she ignore the connection?
The trail leads Katie from one dead-end to another, until a tiny clue buried deep within the pages leads them to a new suspect; someone dangerous, someone close, someone they trusted…
What does TWG think?
Wow! I must admit that I was very impressed by the suspense in ‘The Goodnight Song’ as I had absolutely no idea how the story was going to end. Well, let’s face it, I had absolutely no idea where the storyline was going to take me full stop! Should I be in a similar mindset to others where Katie and Nathan were concerned? Would it be better if I ‘kept’ my friends close and my enemies closer?
Honestly, I really didn’t know what to think. Of course, deep down, I wanted to think positively of Nathan, but his actions made him come across as though he had something to hide. As for Katie, I could see why her anger decided to surface…to a point, but was there another, deep rooted reason as to why she was letting her anger reach the surface? Even though I started the book being on the sides of Radley and Rhodes, my opinion kept changing throughout the book. I won’t tell you what my opinion was towards the end of the book as I think it’s definitely a ‘personal’ thing – one reader may find themselves leaning towards one character, whereas other readers may find themselves putting another character in the firing line even if evidence says otherwise.
I have to say that, whilst I find the entire storyline a continuous case of ‘lets put my heart in my mouth’, there were times where I felt as though the to-ing and fro-ing was a bit Tom and Jerry. I totally appreciate that there was a lot of content within the book which needed to be explained or to have the suspect put in the spotlight, yet I found it to be a little drawn out at times.
That said, I cannot fault Nick Hollin at all on his witty and highly intense storyline – put it this way, if I were wearing a heart monitor whilst I was reading the book, the bloomin’ thing would be beeping something chronic! ‘The Goodnight Song’ certainly was a gripping read and, despite the slightly drawn out sections, I sped through the book like a bookworm spotting a sign for Bookshop.
An intricately woven, gripping and fast paced read which kept me breaking multiple speed limits in my mind – throughly enjoyed!
About the author.
From bookbinder to gardener to forensic analyst, Nick has enjoyed an extremely varied working life. At home his interests are equally diverse, but nothing beats books. Collecting, reading, writing, they have always been a passion in one form or another. A graduate of Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing Masters, he’s fulfilling a long-held dream of being published and hopes to be at this for a good while yet. He lives in Cambridgeshire with his partner, young son and cat.
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