There’s something about fall that makes you want to read a book that gives you a bit of a chill, isn’t there? A good thriller or crime drama, something with a bit of suspense. Of course, that’s why our October theme is what it is, and why we chose The Night Bird.
I absolutely FLEW through this book – finished it almost as soon as we announced it as our October read. It was engaging, entertaining, and I was completely engrossed in the story. I know others have mentioned that the character development was perhaps a bit lacking, but I didn’t need it in this case (unusual, because that is usually the number one thing that makes or breaks a book for me). I enjoyed the story, and I enjoyed the way it unfolded. I loved that it kept me guessing, and that all these little clues sprinkled throughout the book gave you a chance to make some educated guesses.
On that note, I have something that is maybe a bit embarrassing to admit: I didn’t guess any of it. That is mostly do to the way I consume media. I really throw myself into it and enjoy it for what it is. I rarely TRY to figure out twists and unknowns. Maybe that’s why I’m so proud of myself when I actually do figure it out. What all of this means for The Night Bird is that I really found myself surprised at all the revelations, and it upped my enjoyment of the book tenfold.
Since finishing, I have recommended The Night Bird to several friends – one of whom is not such a fan of scary books. But here’s the great thing about it: the premise is believable enough to read as fiction rather than science fiction, but not so believable that it makes you afraid to sleep alone. Two thumbs up for Brian Freeman’s The Night Bird!