Review: Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

Title: Night Shift
Author: Charlaine Harris
Pages: 320
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Free ARC from Berkley Publishing Group

Rating: A+

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).

Review: One of my favorite things about reading a series with a host of characters is getting to know them better and better with every book, and that is definitely the case with this third (final?!?) installment in Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas series. With every book it seems she focuses more heavily on different characters, allowing the reader to develop a deeper relationship with each of them. And something about that makes it so much easier to accept some of the things that happen in Night Shift. It definitely pushes the envelope further than the first two books.

And really, if you’re a Charlaine Harris fan (like ME!) then you aren’t remotely put off by it. In fact, you relish the craziness. It’s fun and entertaining, and feels like you’re visiting old friends who always happen to be up to some new shenanigans.

So what’s so different about Night Shift? Hmmm…well, I’ll say it’s more overtly sexual than the others. If you’ve only read her Aurora Teagarden series, maybe you aren’t used to the racier side of Charlaine Harris’ work. However, if you started with her Sookie Stackhouse series like I did, this will seem tame. By no means a complaint on my part, but if you’re used to reading more…reserved…books, then you stand forewarned.

But also, we see a side of Fiji that we’ve never seen before. Questions from the earlier books are answered. And the population of Midnight, Texas comes together like never before to save a lot more than their own skin, and at a very unusual cost to two of our favorite residents.

I’ll admit, when it comes to Charlaine Harris, I’m biased. I could read her stuff ALL day. And I would. If I weren’t now officially out of new Charlaine Harris novels to read. And, sadly, I just read that this series was always meant to be a trilogy, so there are no more to look forward to. 🙁

But, as I said before, rumor has it she is working on more Aurora Teagarden books (at least two), and I find it hard to believe that she doesn’t have some amazing new series in the works. So, I will sit and wait. And maybe start rereading Sookie if the waiting gets too rough.


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