Ahoy there me mateys! I was looking to read something short that fit me current mood and this book was found in the hold. Now urban fantasy is not me go to genre but I had previously read some of the author’s Hawk and Fisher novels and enjoyed them so I gave this a shot.
At 230 pages and a couple of hours worth of reading, I found this to be a fun read. It centers around John Taylor, a private eye, who is hired to find a rich woman’s missing daughter. He is an expert on finding lost things. However this time there are two problems 1) the rich woman wants to come with him and 2) it means going back to Nightside, a place he has avoided for over five years.
What is Nightside ye ask? Well it is a square mile in the middle of London that may or may not be part of our world. It is always 3:00 a.m. and nighttime. Monsters and myths abound. Death is always present. Some people call it Hell. John grew up there.
It certainly is an odd little book. I enjoyed the introduction to John Taylor even if it was obvious in reading it that it is the first book in a series. Nightside had great atmosphere. I particularly liked the pub, Strangefellows. I also adored the character of Suzie Shooter. There were some creepy elements dealing with insects and haunted houses. Neither of which were like what I expected. The only downside was that for a short book, the pacing felt a little slow and there was a lot of talking and not quite enough showing. But it fit me mood and I am glad I read it. I don’t however feel the need to read the other 11 books in the series! Ye may love them all.
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
John Taylor is not a private detective per se, but he has a knack for finding lost things. That’s why he’s been hired to descend into the Nightside, an otherworldly realm in the center of London where fantasy and reality share renting space and the sun never shines.
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