Delighted to hand back to Mandie who has a review of Night Shift by Robin Triggs as part of the blog tour. Our thanks go to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting us to join in and to publishers Flame Tree Press for providing an advance copy for review. Here is what the book is about.
About the Book
Antarctica. A mining base at the edge of the world.
Anders Nordvelt, last-minute replacement as head of security, has no time to integrate himself into the crew before an act of sabotage threatens the project. He must untangle a complex web of relationships from his position as prime suspect.
Then a body is found in the ice. Systems fail as the long night falls. Now Anders must do more than find a murderer: he must find a way to survive.
Will anyone endure the night shift, or will ice and frozen corpses be all that remains?
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Set in the Antarctic, Night Shift is certainly not the normal type of book you would find me reading, however I am glad that I picked it up. From the first few pages I was hooked as I wanted to know what had led up to that moment and why the character was in fear for their life.
Set in the future and told from the viewpoint of Anders Nordvelt who has been sent to the Australis station to replace the previous head of security, you get the feeling of isolation right from the start as they are cut off from the rest of civilisation for 6 months as part of the “Night Shift”, where basically there is no real thing as daylight during this time.
Most of the team have been there for a long time so they are very distrusting of the new addition and this is not helped by the example set by the Base commander, who on one hand seems very much the Company man yet on the other hand thinks nothing of having affairs with the women under his command, causing dislike and distrust and allowing illegal drinking and smoking. His rationale for the latter is that this turning a blind eye allows the staff to let of steam and relax, which taking into account where they are and the limits on what they can do, I can kind of understand.
There is definitely a strange dynamic amongst the team and their only common ground seems to be their distrust of Anders. When things start to go wrong and people start to die, he seems to be the obvious choice as the person behind it all… after all it did only start to go wrong when he turned up. As the situation gets worse and information and actions come to light the distrust spreads further to others within the small group.
This is not a faced paced book but for me this works as it helps build the atmosphere for what is happening. The author did a good job with building the tension and I was kept guessing as to who was behind the sabotage. Just as I thought I had an idea of who it was, a little doubt would creep in as something else was revealed. The who, why and how was not what I expected at all.
If you are looking for something different then this would definitely be the book to read.
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About the author:
Writer of speculative fiction and extremely poor cricketer.
Debut novel NIGHT SHIFT out Nov 2018.
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