Monday, 18 May 2015

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Midnight 2: Day Shift - Charlaine Harris

Release Date: 07/05/15
Publisher:  Gollancz


Welcome to Midnight, Texas. It's a quiet little town, perched at the junction between Davy Road and Witch Light Road, and it's easy to miss. With its boarded-up windows, single traffic light and sleepy air, there's nothing special about Midnight ...which is exactly how the residents like it. So when the news comes that a new owner plans to renovate the run-down, abandoned old hotel in town, it's not met with pleasure. Who would want to come to Midnight, with its handful of shops, the Home Cookin diner, and quiet residents - and why? But there are bigger problems in the air. When Manfred Bernado, the newest resident in town, is swept up in a deadly investigation suddenly the hotel and its residents are the least of the towns concern. The police, lawyers and journalists are all headed to Midnight, and it's the worst possible moment ...


Whilst I’ve dearly loved a lot of Charlaine’s work there is something about this Midnight series that just doesn’t work for me. The sentences feel stunted, the characters flat and all round left me feeling that this was a person writing under a famed name only slightly changed.

For me as a reader I disliked the characters, hated the prose and all round felt more than a little cheated by spending quality reading time on a book that let me down. Sadly a series I won’t be reading any more titles in and here’s hoping that as a reader that the next set of texts by Charlaine will make up for my loss of trust.

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