I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nightlife by Mathew Quinn Martin
Published by Pocket Star Pages: 384
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.
Reviewed by Stormi
This was the debut novel for Mathew Quinn Martin and even though I did find it interesting I am not sure I found it to be as action packed as they say it is. It’s also a pocket star novel so I thought there might be some romance in the middle of a horror style novel, but there wasn’t. Though since it is the first in a series I am thinking that maybe the romance will come later.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the multi-pov’s that popped up in throughout the novel though I can understand the reason behind it. Nightlife is about Jack Jackson, he is a hunter of what he calls nightmares. The prophet calls them ‘Night Angels’ and they are also called vampires. Though I don’t really consider these things vampires. More like vampire/demon creatures, but it was an interesting take on the creature of the night.
While Jack is trying to rid the world of these creatures he is hunted by a secret group call ‘the division’, but you don’t really get to know much about them in this book and they really didn’t have a huge role. Gil, the prophet calls Jack ‘The One’ because he knows he is the only one who can rid them of the ‘night angels’. Gil is seen by everyone as a crazy homeless man, but he knows more than people think. Jack comes to New Harbor because that is where the creatures are and while he is there he ends up helping Beth out of a bad situation. Jack is a really interesting character, but I still feel like I didn’t really get to know much about him.
Beth works as a bartender but when her friend goes missing she sets out to find answers. Trying to find those answers leads her to Jack, but he wants no part of her. Tells her the best things she can do is to just leave town and forget her friend because she is probably dead. Beth is stubborn and doesn’t leave and he finally lets her come with him. His logic is that it might be better to have two people trying to fight the creatures. Beth has a lot of spunk and I found her very brave to go with Jack.
I think the creepiest think about the vampire/demon creatures was the fact that they could take on the form of someone you are thinking of at first Beth say her boyfriend at the time Ryan. There would be several creatures coming at her and they all looked like her boyfriend. When she was with Jack they started looking like Jack. So how would you like to be trying to fight and kill things that looked like your friend/boyfriend, etc. It was hard for her to know when the real Jack was around. I also liked the authors explanation of the creatures.
Although I did find the novel interesting and I will probably continue with the next one to see what happens to Jack and Beth, I had a really hard time getting into it. I didn’t find the fast paced action until about the last 30% of the novel. Before that it sort of drug along in places and got a little boring at times.
If you like thriler/horro type novels then you might enjoy this book.