Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs is a stand-alone novel which introduces us to the character Sunday Night (known as “Sunnie”). I already wonder if this book will turn into a series.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher, and of course the author, for providing me with an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anyway, it must be scary for Kathy Reichs to step out of her comfort zone and the Temperance Brennan and Virals novels. Kudos to an author with the courage to try something new! I have always enjoyed her books. However, I think my expectations may have been a little high, as I was quite excited to see something new from her, and although not disappointed, I was a little underwhelmed. The book is good, it just may take a bit of an adjustment from me, the reader, to appreciate the new character, which is so different from Tempe.
Sunnie is a woman with scars, both physical and emotional. Her past is slowly (and incompletely) revealed throughout the book. She is ex-military, and now ex-police, trying to live the quiet life. She uses sarcasm and anger to get her through life, and just wants to be left alone. But her foster-father brings her a “case” which interests her. A year after a bombing at a Jewish school, where a mother and son were killed, and the daughters body never found, their very wealthy grandmother, Opaline Drucker wants revenge. She assumes her grand-daughter Stella is dead, but needs to be sure. She hires Sunnie, at an outrageous fee, to find the scum that did this to her family. To Sunnie, this becomes personal. She doesn’t care about the money. She wants to find Stella, who she is sure is alive. Sunnie travels to Chicago, to Los Angeles, and finally back to Alabama, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. She gets help from her “twin brother” Gus, who is a much gentler version of Sunnie. (I really like Gus.) Together they turn some interesting corners.
So Reichs has left herself open to a new series. I would definitely read another one starring Sunnie and Gus. I think there would be a lot of untold stories in their backgrounds, that could easily be fleshed out. I find myself wanting more details of their horrific childhood, and why they came out the other end with such different personalities.
Overall, a good read!
Read: June 2017
Favorite Quotes from Two Nights:
“Crackpot extremists don’t define a religion.”
“I maneuvered to a vendor and bought a barbecue, sans drink. No way I’d risk needing one of the trillion port-a-johns, each with a waiting line longer than the U.S.–Canada border.”
“…taught that life is a rat’s nest of noise and chaos and chance. No logic. Just one single steadfast truth. Screw up and there’s no way back.”
About the Author: Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist who wrote the NY Times best-selling books about forensic anthroplogist Temperance Brennan (Bones on TV). She also co-authored the Virals YA series with her son. She is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials. Oh, and she writes fiction. Busy Lady!