Night by Night by Jack Jordan
Publishing Date: 2nd May 2019
Source: Received from the publisher via Pigeonhole, thank you!
Number of pages: 366
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
‘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…
Rose Shaw has been suffering with insomnia since the birth of her twin daughters 10 years ago. It’s no wonder that she’s quickly irritable and feels like letting her children and husband down. One day, on their way home from football training, a tragic accident happen, accident that is going to change all their lives for ever.
Rose is now a broken woman. Her daughter Lily resents her and her husband can’t look her in the eyes. She takes to walking the streets after dark and one night a running man crashes into her and Rose is left with a notebook. She reads it at home . it turns out to be a diary of Finn, a young man and journalist who is convinced that he’s being stalked and that his stalker is going to kill him. Rose is determined to find the young man before it’s too late – but what if it is too late? And why do the police and her family warn her to stop looking into the case?
This novel opens with probably the most intriguing and most used sentence in literature: “If you’re reading this, I’m dead”, and so I though, uh huh, either the story is going to live up to this promising start or it’s totally going to go downhill. I haven’t read the blurb before starting this book so the story totally took me by surprise – I didn’t know what to expect and there were a lot to be expected. The author touches upon many heavy and difficult issues making his novel very realistic and emotional. It was brutally honest and there were moments that I wanted to close my eyes, so raw it was, but well, I couldn’t have read further with eyes closed, right?
The characters, while not very likeable – maybe it was because you couldn’t trust anybody – literally! – came truly alive. Rose was a very special character. No, I didn’t feel much connection with her but my heart went out to her and all the things she must have gone through – I’d probably gave up already, and she kept going. On the other hand, would you, after finding a random diary, set on single – handedly finding a killer? I found her behaviour rash and destructive, to be honest, but I also could understand where she was coming from with this quest to find justice for all the missing men.
The tale is basically told from Rose’s point of view but it’s interspersed with some chapters narrated by – you could think at the beginning, random voices – of young men, and also the Finn’s diary entries. I could never be sure where the story is going to take me and what’s going to happen, and there were some truly shocking moments that made me hold my breath. On the other hand, there were also moments that made me roll my eyes, as somehow they simply didn’t sound very realistic.
Altogether, I haven’t expected that this book is going to be so dark, but it was also addictive, intriguing and hooking. It was a fast – paced, very emotional rollercoaster ride mixed with some terrifying moments. The author writes how it is, without pussyfooting around his chosen topics, and it’s brutally honest, realistic and terrifying at the same time. There were moments that felt too exaggerated for my liking, things happening too easy and too conveniently but it was also eye – opening and thought – provoking. “Night by Night” was a novel dealing with grief and guilt, full of secrets, hidden truths and understatements. A very important story with lessons to learn and raising awareness around mental health and corruption. Recommended!