The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

What connects a massacre at a Blockbuster video store in 1999 with the murder of four teenagers fifteen years later?

It’s New Year’s Eve of 1999 when four teenagers working late are attacked at a Blockbuster video store in New Jersey. Only one survives. Police quickly identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen again.

Fifteen years later, four more teenagers are attacked at an ice cream store in the same town, and again only one makes it out alive.

In the aftermath of the latest crime, three lives intersect: the lone survivor of the Blockbuster massacre, who is forced to relive the horrors of her tragedy; the brother of the fugitive accused, who is convinced the police have the wrong suspect; and FBI agent Sarah Keller, who must delve into the secrets of both nights to uncover the truth about the Night Shift Murders…

I loved Every Last Fear so when I was asked if I wanted to review The Night Shift, I couldn’t say yes quickly enough! Alex Finlay writes fast paced and highly addictive thrillers that immediately grab your attention and the blurb of The Night Shift is one that certainly stands out! When teenagers working at a Blockbuster video store are brutally attacked, only one person survives. The murder suspect escapes, never to be seen again. Fifteen years later, history seems to repeat itself when once again teenager girls are attacked at an ice cream store and once again only one survives. Both cases collide when the first survivor is drawn into the current case and realises to her horror that they are connected…

This is one of those books you want to finish in one sitting-which I just had to do as I couldn’t put it down! Full of twists and turn with suspects aplenty and a gripping storyline, The Night Shift had an almost hypnotic effect on me. The “final girl” is a key piece of any mass murder of teenagers and here we had two! Both were damaged individuals but then so was the brother of the suspect who had disappeared all those years ago. Three characters brought together by tragedy and a combined need to discover the truth. But my favourite characters where Sarah, the pregnant FBI agent and her associate Atticus. I loved their interactions as they set out to investigate the current murders and how they connected to the events of the past.

Alex Finlay isn’t an author I see recommended much so I really want to change that! The Night Shift is one of those books that once you start it, you are swept away with its characters into the non stop, action packed plot line until the final shocking few pages. I absolutely loved it!

Alex Finlay is the author of the 2021 breakout novel, EVERY LAST FEAR, and one of 2022’s most-anticipated thrillers, THE NIGHT SHIFT. His work has been an Indie Next pick, a LibraryReads selection, an Amazon Editor’s Best Thriller, as well as a CNN, Newsweek, E!, BuzzFeed, Business Week, Goodreads, Parade, PopSugar, Scribd, and Reader’s Digest best or most anticipated thrillers of the year. Alex’s novels have been translated into seventeen languages, and EVERY LAST FEAR is in development for a major television series. Learn more at

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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