Nighthawking by Russ Thomas

A dark and twisted, edge of your seat crime thriller!

I was kindly gifted a copy of this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

Nighthawking by Russ Thomas
448 Pages
Out Now

Opening Line: He climbs the wall slowly, the equipment strapped to his back working with gravity to pull him down to the pavement below.

Sheffield’s beautiful Botanical Gardens – an oasis of peace in a world filled with sorrow, confusion and pain. And then, one morning, a body is found in the Gardens. A young woman, dead from a stab wound, buried in a quiet corner. Police quickly determine that the body’s been there for months. It would have gone undiscovered for years – but someone just sneaked into the Gardens and dug it up.
Who is the victim? Who killed her and hid her body? Who dug her up? And who left a macabre marker on the body?
In his quest to find her murderer, DS Adam Tyler will find himself drawn into the secretive world of nighthawkers: treasure-hunters who operate under cover of darkness, seeking the lost and valuable . . . and willing to kill to keep what they find.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is book number 2 in the DS Adam Tyler series, the first being ‘Firewatching’ which I’m still yet to read. Despite having not read the first in the series I do think Nighthawking can still be enjoyed as a standalone. I was able to get an understanding of some of the back stories, however I do want to go back and read the first one now as I do think it will clear up some things they do mention about a previous case.

Aside from that this was a brilliant police procedural which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s broken down into parts, with each part opening with a diary entry from each of the different ‘Nighthawkers’. You then join the investigation as each part raises more questions and bits of the puzzle slowly start to piece together.

I didn’t really warm to any of the characters, however this might be because of not reading the first book. I found Tyler to be a little frustrating but his colleague Rabbani was fabulous. She’s a little timid at first, trying to find her feet, but she develops well throughout the book and I’m looking forward to seeing her character grow in future books.

The book really picked up pace in the last third where you’re hit with a load of twists and just when I thought I had it all figured out the author twisted it again. It was great as it kept me guessing till the very end as I still wasn’t sure if another twist was going to come or not.

Finally the ending, I won’t spoil it obviously, but it was incredible and weirdly my favourite part of the entire book. It played out like a TV series crime drama and I wasn’t expecting it at all. Now I can’t wait for the next installment!

Overall this is a fantastic crime / police procedural thriller that is gritty and dark in places.

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