Saturday, October 3, 2020

REVIEW: Night Shifts Black by Alyson Santos


Like many, I've recently found myself with extra time and quite a large number of unread novels on my Kindle. So when Colleen Hoover recommended Limelight by Alyson Santos I immediately remembered that I had an Alyson Santos novel on my Kindle--Night Shifts Black. With extra time on my hands, I decided to dive right in. 


How dare you let me go this many years without reading this novel. It was exactly the quiet novel I needed--which is interesting because it's rare that you see a novel that features a rock star considered quiet, but it is. It's intimate and reflective and takes some interesting turns. I thought I knew where this novel was going and I was wrong. Isn't that the best? Sometimes...and in this case, yes. A novel surprising you in ways that you didn't anticipate just really elevates it in my eyes, especially when you go into with no expectations and no knowledge of what you're getting into. 

Callie and Luke. Luke and Casey. Casey and Callie. How they all fit together and how they stay together was quite a journey of history, tragedy, tough love, and hope. By the end, I was immediately ready to plunge into the rest of the series to see how these guys are doing, which I'll be doing shortly. 

SIDE NOTE--while reading past the last chapter, I saw that the writer had a video made for one of the songs and I watched it and once again was mad that I haven't been reading this writer for years! How cool to see such a multi-talented writer showcase her many talents. Wow. 



The powerful story no one saw coming.

His name is Luke. But nobody knows that. He was an iconic musician before he gave up music. But nobody knows that either. They also don’t know he’s twenty-seven, that he used to have an infectious laugh, and that he’s way too young to be widowed. They certainly don’t know the rest of his tragic story. All they know is that he comes into their cafĂ© at the same time every morning and stares at the same chair at the same table. They know he’s strange. They know he interrupts their breakfast with a cold blast of air as he hovers in the doorway, mustering the courage to confront a piece of furniture.

No one asks why. No one cares. He’s fine with that. He’s done with life. This isn’t even his story anymore. It’s actually Callie’s, the young writer who sat in his chair one day.

This novel is a work of fiction and intended for mature readers. Events and persons depicted are of a fictional nature and use language, make choices, and face situations inappropriate for younger readers. Please note this book also addresses the issues of depression and suicide in a compassionate, realistic manner. This book can be read as a standalone, but the story continues in Tracing Holland.

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