Author: Matthew Quinn Martin
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Horror
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Review copy from publisher
“For centuries an ancient evil has slept beneath the streets of New Harbor. This Halloween, it wakes up.An action-packed debut horror novel from talented new writer Matthew Quinn Martin, Nightlife pits a feisty bartender and a mysterious loner against bloodthirsty terrors as alluring as they are deadly.Nightclub bartender and serial heartbreaker Beth Becker might be a cynic. But when her best friend goes missing Halloween night, Beth knows it's up to her to find out what happened.Her quest will take her on an odyssey through the crumbling city of New Harbor, Connecticut. Along the way she meets a homeless prophet warning of something he calls the "Night Angel"-a bloodthirsty creature that feeds on the forgotten. And she will form an unlikely bond with a hunted stranger who knows all too well what stalks the streets at night.”
Nightlife is the debut novel of author Matthew Quinn Martin.
Jack Jackson became a vigilante after losing his fiancé in a vampire attack; since then he has dedicated his last twelve years to hunt and kill these creatures. His search has brought him to New Harbor, Connecticut, where people are disappearing at a staggering rate.
Beth Becker’s best friend went missing on Halloween night and the police are not helping her. Beth knows Zoe wouldn’t leave without saying goodbye and decides to take the search on her own hands. This leads her to Jack and to the hard truth about the current situation in her city. With nothing to lose she joins Jack in his crusade to rid the world from these bloodsucking beings.
Jack is the perfect example of a tortured hero; he doesn’t have anything left to live for and his only objective in life if to kill as many vampires as possible, he knows he can be kill any day and he doesn’t care.
Beth is a strong character, she’s streetwise and determined. There is not a romantic connection between Beth and Jack, but we see the first blossoms of camaraderie between them.
Nightlife is a new take in the overused and abuse subject of vampires. Mr. Martin brings back the evil creatures that hunt the night, the protagonist of nightmares without the suave/romantic factor we have seen in recent books.
It took me a long time to get into the story; I can say easily more than hundred pages. I blamed this to the many short chapters and different POVs, that in my opinion didn’t bring much to the story apart from disrupting the flow making it feel chopped and uneven.
The last third of the book moved to a better pace, the action started to happen, and by then I was completely submerged in the creepy world Mr. Martin created.
Nightlife is a dark urban fantasy with a touch of horror. I really liked that it’s different from everything I have read. If I had not had the problem with the multiple POVs I think I would have enjoyed this story a lot more.
The end is not a cliffhanger, but it’s one left open to many things to come, especially about Jack and his past, a past that is coming to get him.
I recommend this book to fans of dark urban fantasy, horror or anyone who likes their vampires scary as hell.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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