Face the Night by Alan Lastufka
Publishing: March 8, 2022 by Shortwave Media
Reason I chose to Read this Book: It looked interesting, and it’s a debut novel.
Face the Night by Alan Lastufka is a supernatural mystery novel.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Shortwave Media and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Addie has been raising her son Dylan on her own, but her father, the Mayor of Cellar Ohio is trying to taken him from her. Even when Dylan’s biological father tries to step up, the judge disregards him. Addie is given 30 days to get a full-time job.
She is somewhat successful in attaining a job with the police department as a sketch artist, using her skills as a tattoo artist as background.
Unfortunately, Addie has been having nightmares for years, and suddenly, the only face she can draw, is the one from her nightmares. He even seems to be attacking her during the day. If she can’t solve this problem, she will lose her job, and thereby lose custody of her son.
This was good, just not great. I may be in the minority here. I enjoyed it, but it also annoyed me. The writing was okay, and the plot interesting, but it was missing something.
Some of the elements were a little much. Addie’s behaviour toward child rearing and job-finding left a lot to be desired, as did her decision to bring her child’s deadbeat drug and alcohol addicted father into the picture to try to win custody of her child. So it was difficult to truly like her. Her father was over-the-top. I really liked Hinkley. I think an explanation as to why Addie could see ghosts would have been nice….yet others could see and feel him too, so, maybe not.
Anyway, I will be watching for this author’s next novel.
Read: March, 2022
About The Author: Alan Lastufka is an author, songwriter, and co-founder of DFTBA Records. He lives in Oregon.
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I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4604053355
Have you read it? Do you plan to? Tell me your thoughts…do you agree or disagree with my assessment? Either way, I’d love to know.