Night Shifts Black by Alyson Santos ~ Review

Also in this series: Tracing Holland
Night Shifts Black by Alyson Santos ~ ReviewAlso by this author: Tracing Holland
Night Shifts Black by Alyson Santos
ASIN: B01D8VYWN8
Series: NSB, Night Shifts Black
on March 20, 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 358
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five-stars

His name is Luke. But nobody knows that. He was an iconic musician before he gave up music. But nobody knows that either. They also don’t know he’s twenty-seven, that he used to have an infectious laugh, and that he’s way too young to be widowed. They certainly don’t know the rest of his tragic story. All they know is that he comes into their café at the same time every morning and stares at the same chair at the same table. They know he’s strange. They know he interrupts their breakfast with a cold blast of air as he hovers in the doorway, mustering the courage to confront a piece of furniture.
No one asks why. No one cares. He’s fine with that. He’s done with life. This isn’t even his story anymore. It’s actually Callie’s, the young writer who sat in his chair one day.

 

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Review

This book is probably going to go down as one of favorites for the year. I was so consumed by the writing and the story I did little else today. I’m so glad I stumbled onto this book and this new to me author. The cover leaves a lot to be desired but in the grand scheme of things, the cover is not important. The words and the story weaved inside of this book is everything. Do not pass it up.

This story is about so much and wrapped in a tale about friendship. There is no sex scenes, no over the top alpha, nothing like that. Yet this book was so much better then anything I have read this year. I’m struggling with what to say because I don’t want to ruin the journey for anyone. I didn’t take this as an ARC. I squeezed this one into my already busy schedule because it spoke to me. I needed to see what it was about. My brother (in law) committed suicide in 2008. The way Alyson handled the story was beautiful and with so much respect. This book shows what one persons actions does to the people they leave behind. I’ve lived that role, as a person left behind. Night Shifts Black doesn’t sugar coat it or make anything magically ok because of some outrageous reason. This book is real and it is honest. I loved every character in this book. Even the chair.

I’m so glad I read this book. It will stay with me for a long time to come. I can’t wait to see what she puts out next and I look forward to following her career. If this book is any indication she will have a great one.

 

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five-stars

About Alyson Santos

I’m a writer, musician, and cat lover. I’m also an alternative music junkie. Seriously, totally addicted.

I write what needs to come out, whether it’s pain, tears, or laughter. I write people and relationships, about the beauty and horror of what we do to ourselves and each other. I write Love. Vengeance. Compassion. Cruelty. Trust. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Darkness, and the incredible way humans destroy and heal each other.

I like to eradicate barriers, refusing to be confined by the laws of physics or limitations of reality. I will befriend a vast population of possibilities and introduce them in ways that might surprise you.

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