The Night Shift

Macmillan Audio. Mar. 2022. 8:34 hrs. ISBN 9781250839695. $19.99. THRILLER
Ella is the only survivor of the notorious Blockbuster murders, when several teenagers were killed at a video store on New Year’s Eve 1999. When a similar mass killing happens at an ice cream shop in New Jersey, Ella, now a therapist, is asked by her former teacher to talk to the only survivor. Jesse is a tough, smart kid who needs someone on her side—her foster parents aren’t much help—but Ella can tell she’s hiding something. Additional point-of-view characters include Chris, a public defender whose brother was a suspect in the Blockbuster case, and Sarah Keller, a pregnant FBI agent. The killer’s identity will be clear early on to many thriller fans, but it’s still an entertaining ride to the end. Narration by Cady McClain, Brittany Pressley, Gary Tiedemann, and Devon Hales varies in quality, with Tiedemann being a standout.
VERDICT For thriller fans and those who enjoyed Finlay’s debut, Every Last Fear. True crime aficionados may enjoy too, since the fictional murders were based on well-known real crimes.
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