Book Review: Day Shift

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Author: Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 978-0-575-09289-1
RRP: $29.99

Day Shift takes us back to the little town of Midnight, Texas with it’s unusual band of residents in Charlaine Harris’s new supernatural series.

I was a big fan of the early Sookie books but it all started to get a little old as the series dragged on, I also loved the Harper Connolly series so I was excited at the prospect of a new series and I have not been disappointed.

The residents of Midnight are all a little unusual and they like to keep their secrets close. They are a friendly and close knit community but they make it a point not to ask too many questions. As the series plays out we are slowing learning more about the residents of Midnight and their natures as they are learning about each other.

One standout point to Day Shift is the connections we are starting to see to the Sookie series and the Harper Connolly one. Manfred knows Harper, which I am pretty sure I remember but I can’t recall the details. In Day Shift we get to catch up with a couple of characters much better known for the Sookie series and I loved that, it’s always nice to see a little cameo to check in and see how characters are going when all is said and done in their series; almost like a spin off TV series.

Midnight is a little closed off town of very few residents and even fewer visitors, and that’s just the way the like it. Until the hotel is refurbished and reopened as a residential facility for low maintenance elderly clients awaiting other accommodation and as a hotel for people who come on contract to work nearby. None of the Midnight residents are thrilled with the prospect, and there seems to be more to the reopening than meets the eye so it will be interesting to see how this storyline plays out in the next book, I want to know the whole hotel story.

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The writing style in Day Shift is the same as fans of Harris will be used to, simple and descriptive. Her characters are complex and unusual if not actually secretive, they have their secrets but if you don’t ask questions they won’t need to lie.

I am enjoying watching the Midnight series play out and I think there are still a couple of good stories to be told; there are still some characters that we haven’t unraveled yet and I can only hope that the series doesn’t go quite as far off track as Sookie did.

Day Shift offers a couple of mysteries which slowly unfold, they end up involving the entire town and once again we see how this small community bands together to ensure their privacy remains intact.

Manfred’s brush with the law, and unwelcome press presence, is sorted out by the end of the book but we aren’t shown the final scene, which is a bit of¬† a disappointment because we saw the build up but missed the resolution. The mystery of the hotel is yet to be explained.

I look forward to finding out more about the unusual residents and possibly even discovering the origins of the town that attracts unusual people seeking solitude.

The pacing is steady, the characters are interesting and the storyline is intriguing even though it’s not ground-breakingly original. Bobo too, apparently, is a secondary character from a previous Harris series and perhaps it’s about time I searched him out – from a purely research point of view of course.

Day Shift is a nice light easy read for those times when you don’t want something deep to immerse yourself in.

Day Shift is available through Hachette, from Angus & Robertson, Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

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