When a murdered young girl miraculously returns to life saying she's spoken to God, it's clear that sinister forces are at play. And when those who speak to her inexplicably commit suicide shortly afterwards, Nightingale is called in. He discovers a demon has possessed the girl's body…and the only way to banish it is to kill her.
And that's not all he has to deal with. After a farmer kills eight people before turning the gun on himself, the press label him as a Satanist. But when his brother visits Nightingale claiming his sibling has been set up, it seems there might be more to the case. Can Nightingale discover the real reason for the murderous rampage and keep himself out of danger?
©2013 Stephen Leather (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Book 4 in the series; the plot 'progresses' from the end of Nightmare. A series that very much has to be consumed in proper sequence. It deals with the concurrent investigations into the aftermath of a School spree killing with Satanic overtones in the Berwick area and the aftermath of a child abduction. In neither case are things as they seem.
Two interesting investigations; the Berwick thread in particular was fascinating and very topical in it's underlying subject matter. It also played with pre-conceptions nicely.with a couple of red herrings suitably strewn about
The narration was good and especially when the narrator was doing the 'supernatural' voices quite creepy.
There is a real sense of menace and unease in the Child Abduction investigation.
Very good use of the prologue in creating suspense as to how the dots are going to be filled in.
After the equivalent of a plot car hitting a wall ending of Nightmare; the 'progress' was actually less jarring than I'd expected. There is however yet another mini 'Deus Ex' at the end.
The 'Demon Summoning/Dealing' element that played a major part in the first three was a lot lot less than in previous novels and what there was seemed forced in rather than for any real purpose.
The two investigations seemed super glued together into the one book. I appreciate there is doubtless a contrast between what was actually happening as opposed to appearing to in each but at times it felt like each was being slightly compressed. It felt more like soup and a sandwich than a steak and chips .
There's perhaps an element of the story arc and narrative stumbling in a state of concussed shock after the way Nightmare ended but it seemed the weakest of the four so far. The 'Wow' factor of the first three is absent. That said however taken on it's own the investigations are interesting and for a fan of the series well worth a listen; hopefully a pause for breath before a stronger Book 5.
"A welcome return to form"
I have listened to all the Jack Nightingale stories and enjoyed them all, except the third one which resorted to a deus ex machina ending which was irritating and lazy....Anyway this book is a welcome return to black magic and Jack's fairly dumb decisions.
Well written and well narrated its a fun, no brain needed, horror lite book that I will almost certainly listen to again.
It's was a good book however, way to Indepth the scenes of child abuse , so much so I was repulsed and had to stop listening , I skipped over some as it was just not the kind of reading I wanted . But the rest of the book did give a good read . I think a very disturbed mind has thought up some of the depictions.
No he cannot give enough change on characters therefore a lot sounded the same . The female characterisation was just to similar not each other.
Apparently I have listened to the fourth part of the series First. I shall go out of my way to get the other three. This story had me on edge, tense muscles, and the occasional nightmare. Not for the faint hearted but a must to listen to. I shall definitely be getting the other three episodes.
"Another good read"
I thoroughly enjoy Jack Nightingale's character and have looked forward to this book.
So much so that I couldn't put it down till the end.
Once again the author draw's you in to a web of intrigue that has you reaching for the book at the slightest opportunity.
In my opinion not quite as good as the first book's but still a worthy addition that leave's you wanting more.
"Let down by poor writing"
Nightshade offers new wave 'hard boiled' fiction crossed with the world of the fantasy/occult. This doesn't seem like a bad idea, but the few promising moments are let down by repetitious, clichéd dialogue. Unfortunately the tendency to cliché is not limited to the dialogue and too many of the scenes and plot devises feel tired and derivative.
For something similar but with bags of humour, wonderful writing and some of the best narration I've come accross try Ben Arronovitch's PC Peter Grant series.
"Found the subject matter a bit too difficult."
I've really enjoyed the other Jack Nightingale book and eagerly downloaded the latest. As usual, it's engagingly written and I like the protagonists but the subject matter made it difficult for me to truly enjoy it. It's very well read and the narrator does a great job with the different accents in the story. I listened to the end and was quite glad when I got there.
I was gripped from the first syllable that Paul Thornley uttered right until the end when Audible hoped I had enjoyed the recording. I thought that there were only going to be three Jack Nightingale books so was delighted when this one appeared..
Stephen Leather weaves his magic into the story it twists and turns all the time and at times I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
A Farmer in Berwick walks into a school and shoots eight children and a teacher, then turns the gun on himself what drove him to do it ..?
This book kept spinning around in my head for days after I had finished it. Can't recommend it highly enough- one of the best books I've listened to this year.
"Brilliant, compulsive listening"
From the first minute I switched on this audiobook, I couldn't stop listening. The subject matter is disturbing so be warned as it involves child murder and abuse, but Paul Thornley is a brilliant narrator and he makes all the difference, as he has done with the previous books in this series. Maybe the storyline is rather far-fetched, but you're living it with Jack Nightingale the whole time and wondering what's coming next. If you enjoyed the previous Nightingale books, you'll not be disappointed with this one.
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