Nightfall by Stephen Leather
I have never read Stephen Leather’s thrillers, never been tempted, I have been assured by a friend that they are very good. However this book today, the start of a series, I discovered through the fantasy route. Urban fantasy. I am hooked. But still not tempted into the thriller side.
Who knows why?
What do you do if you wake one day and find your soul has been sold to the devil the day you were born. And the devil will collect when the baby (you) grows to 33 years old.
Jack Nightingale discovers he is this baby, when he unexpectedly inherits a mansion and a pile of books worth a fortune. His soul? Well he is three weeks short of his 33rd birthday.
While your sympathies are with him as he struggles to save himself, you also get the feeling he would be a bad, bad, friend to possess. It is unlucky to be around Jack Nightingale as he searches for the truth,for answers and a way out of his future. As he pursues these ends the devil is engaged in stopping him, he has after all waited 33 years for this soul. To stop him, people die, die horribly, die before they can give him the answers he needs.
This is quite dark in places, which I confess to liking, not all old ladies are sweet lavender and honey cakes:) I don’t in reality believe in anything supernatural so one would think this kind of book would not appeal over much to me, but I do enjoy a good story and I can suspend belief any old time. I have discovered, this year, a real liking for urban fantasy.
Nightfall was a very satisfying book to read , when I began it I didn’t realize there was more to come, however the news was very welcome and the next two are lined up for next years enjoyment.