Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct …
Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing.
But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.
Is the girl dead?
Did someone take her?
If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found?
It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons – because they might just lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.
Sunday Night (Sunnie – a misnomer if ever there was one) is a woman with quite a backstory, though it takes most of the book to understand quite what that story is.
The central protagonist in Kathy Reichs new stand-alone novel, Sunnie is ex-military; ex-Charleston Police Department, following an on the job incident which left one man dead and Sunnie with an eye injury and permanent scarring.
Sunnie took disability rather than be stuck behind a desk. Now she lives in an isolated cabin on Goat Island, South Carolina, within rowing distance of her foster father Beau. She is a withdrawn character, living with her own demons and her only companion is a squirrel she has named Bob. Beau comes to see her and suggests to her that she should take on a cold case.
Opaline Drucker is rich, entitled and unafraid to speak her mind and pay for what she wants. Her daughter and grandson were killed in a bomb explosion at the children’s Jewish school, but her granddaughter Stella, who was with them, has never been found. Opaline wants Sunnie to find out both who was responsible for the bombing and what happened to Stella.
Sunnie isn’t motivated by the money, but she realises that she is very drawn to help find out what happened to Stella and whether she is still alive.
The Chicago police haven’t had much luck in sourcing leads and so Sunnie enlists the help of her twin brother Gus, (hence the eponymous two nights) and together they set out to unravel the mystery.
This is a fast paced, plot driven novel that does not relay on characterisation for its narrative. There is lots of action, a plethora of clues and bodies and although somewhat improbable in places (police are literally clueless and they drag a key suspect around with them everywhere), the action propels the novel along to its neatly wrapped and ribbon tied conclusion.
Two Nights is an easy read and none the worse for that. I would have preferred deeper characterisation and a more complex plot, but for all that, it is eminently readable and I quite enjoyed it.
Two Nights was published by Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Bantam on 29 June 2017
About Kathy Reichs
Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan novels include Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, Bones Are Forever, and Bones of the Lost, and the Temperance Brennan e-short, Bones In Her Pocket. In addition, Kathy co-authors the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. The best-selling titles are: Virals, Seizure, Code, and Exposure, along with two Virals e-novellas, Shift and Swipe. These books follow the adventures of Temperance Brennan’s great niece, Tory Brennan. Dr. Reichs is also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.
From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Dr. Reichs is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec