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"The Night Shift is an engrossing and vibrant novel, and I loved watching my fair city shine in these pages. This is a great book for readers who love New York City after dark, and who see mysterious possibilities around every corner." — Emma Straub, New York Times Bestselling Author of All Adults Here Only by traveling into the past can Jean discover a happy future… Hidden "The Night Shift is an engrossing and vibrant novel, and I loved watching my fair city shine in these pages. This is a great book for readers who love New York City after dark, and who see mysterious possibilities around every corner." — Emma Straub, New York Times Bestselling Author of All Adults Here Only by traveling into the past can Jean discover a happy future… Hidden behind back doors of bars and restaurants and theaters and shops all over New York City are shortcuts—secret passageways that allow you to jump through time and space to emerge in different parts of the city. No one knows where they came from, but there are rules—you can only travel through them one way and only at night. When Jean’s work friend Iggy introduces her to the shortcuts, it’s to help shorten her commute between her night shifts bartending and her work at an upscale bakery. Jean is intrigued but has a hard time shaking the side effects—the shortcuts make her more talkative, more open to discussing her past and recalling memories she’s tried hard to forget. When Iggy goes missing, Jean believes it’s related to the shortcuts and his growing obsession with them. But as she starts digging into their origins, she comes to find a strange connection between herself and the shortcuts. A shimmering, propulsive novel set in New York City during the early aughts and across time, The Night Shift shows that by confronting the past can we reshape our future.  


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"The Night Shift is an engrossing and vibrant novel, and I loved watching my fair city shine in these pages. This is a great book for readers who love New York City after dark, and who see mysterious possibilities around every corner." — Emma Straub, New York Times Bestselling Author of All Adults Here Only by traveling into the past can Jean discover a happy future… Hidden "The Night Shift is an engrossing and vibrant novel, and I loved watching my fair city shine in these pages. This is a great book for readers who love New York City after dark, and who see mysterious possibilities around every corner." — Emma Straub, New York Times Bestselling Author of All Adults Here Only by traveling into the past can Jean discover a happy future… Hidden behind back doors of bars and restaurants and theaters and shops all over New York City are shortcuts—secret passageways that allow you to jump through time and space to emerge in different parts of the city. No one knows where they came from, but there are rules—you can only travel through them one way and only at night. When Jean’s work friend Iggy introduces her to the shortcuts, it’s to help shorten her commute between her night shifts bartending and her work at an upscale bakery. Jean is intrigued but has a hard time shaking the side effects—the shortcuts make her more talkative, more open to discussing her past and recalling memories she’s tried hard to forget. When Iggy goes missing, Jean believes it’s related to the shortcuts and his growing obsession with them. But as she starts digging into their origins, she comes to find a strange connection between herself and the shortcuts. A shimmering, propulsive novel set in New York City during the early aughts and across time, The Night Shift shows that by confronting the past can we reshape our future.  

30 review for The Night Shift

  1. 4 out of 5

    Margarita Montimore

    A wildly imaginative and utterly addictive novel that had me eagerly turning pages late into the night. Natalka Burian's clever conceit of an NYC peppered with mysterious shortcuts lays the foundation for a propulsive story which also offers a thoughtful examination of self-preservation, vulnerability, and human connection. A wildly imaginative and utterly addictive novel that had me eagerly turning pages late into the night. Natalka Burian's clever conceit of an NYC peppered with mysterious shortcuts lays the foundation for a propulsive story which also offers a thoughtful examination of self-preservation, vulnerability, and human connection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emma Ann

    Imaginative, character-focused, and fulfilling. I saw so much of myself in Jean, the protagonist. Thank you to the author for providing a copy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ta || bookishbluehead

    This book wasn’t for me. It felt more like a contemporary drama with a few dips into Sci-Fi and not like a Sci-Fi at all. This is not what I signed up for. I think it was boring and I wasn’t invested in the story at all. It took forever to get to the point that the shortcuts get introduced, before that there’s a LOT of talk about Jeans living and working situation. How she struggles to make ends meet after leaving her old 9-5 job. There were so many unnecessary points, that didn’t affect the sto This book wasn’t for me. It felt more like a contemporary drama with a few dips into Sci-Fi and not like a Sci-Fi at all. This is not what I signed up for. I think it was boring and I wasn’t invested in the story at all. It took forever to get to the point that the shortcuts get introduced, before that there’s a LOT of talk about Jeans living and working situation. How she struggles to make ends meet after leaving her old 9-5 job. There were so many unnecessary points, that didn’t affect the story at all. For example, all the mentioning of 9/11. Why? To let us know that the book is set in the early 2000s? That setting wasn’t relevant for the story at all. The only time it is relevant, is when 9/11 is mentioned. It doesn’t do anything for this book. So much in this story felt like a filler. The writing felt clunky, and the story dragged on and on and on. I was tripping over not well written sentences and repetitions. And the characters, especially Jean, were SO unlikeable. Jean was giving me whiplash with her behavior and temper. She got mad and started fighting with other characters for no obvious reasons, maybe that’s due to the writing, I don’t know. In the end I didn’t even care if and how they solve the problems with the shortcuts and how Jean got out of that. I was just happy that it was finally over.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This is one of those books where the premise sounded good, but it just wasn’t executed in a way that sat well with me. Working in the mental health field, I am just very sensitive to how certain topics are portrayed in books; therefore, I struggled with the therapist/mental health components of this novel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I felt like this started off really slowly, to the point where I forgot I was waiting for the shortcuts to be introduced and the book to get exciting. The heavy emphasis on Jean's jobs and daily struggle felt stretched out. I wanted more out of the ending too as it felt a bit rushed at the end and I felt like I deserved a bigger payout. Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I felt like this started off really slowly, to the point where I forgot I was waiting for the shortcuts to be introduced and the book to get exciting. The heavy emphasis on Jean's jobs and daily struggle felt stretched out. I wanted more out of the ending too as it felt a bit rushed at the end and I felt like I deserved a bigger payout. Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenna (riversidereads) David

    This book felt very very long. It had good moments and a good idea but just wasn't put together that well in my opinion. There were so many details and so many things going on all the time. It came together in the end but during it felt so confusing. Thank you to netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review. This book felt very very long. It had good moments and a good idea but just wasn't put together that well in my opinion. There were so many details and so many things going on all the time. It came together in the end but during it felt so confusing. Thank you to netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Bookrvws

    I enjoyed this book! It follows Jean, a 20 something year old in NYC who recently quit her 9-5 to start bartending at night. When she gets a second job at a bakery she has to find a way to commute between the bar and the bakery without being late. Her coworker Iggy introduces her to “shortcuts”, doors around the city that allow people to travel through space and time. Howver shortly after, Iggy disappears and Jean must help his friends uncover the truth about the shortcuts in order to save him. I I enjoyed this book! It follows Jean, a 20 something year old in NYC who recently quit her 9-5 to start bartending at night. When she gets a second job at a bakery she has to find a way to commute between the bar and the bakery without being late. Her coworker Iggy introduces her to “shortcuts”, doors around the city that allow people to travel through space and time. Howver shortly after, Iggy disappears and Jean must help his friends uncover the truth about the shortcuts in order to save him. I thought this book was well paced and vibrant. There were so many moving parts that there was really no point where I was bored. I think about halfway through it becomes obvious what’s going on but it still kept me invested. I will say I have never been interested in physics so I was able to suspend my disbelief when some of the scientific stuff was explained. I have a feeling that people who know physics may not agree with some of the explanations. But again, I have no bearing on that subject so who knows. Definitely an enjoyable reading experience!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martin Maenza

    This novel is scheduled for publication on July 12 of 2022. Harlequin Trade Publishing provided me an early galley to read in exchange for an honest review. As a music fanatic, I really appreciated the author's various references to new-wave and alternative bands and songs. It gives the whole novel a built-in sort of soundtrack. I have always had a fascination with New York City, starting from when I was a kid reading comic books and watching TV and movies. It always seemed like a vibrant, mythica This novel is scheduled for publication on July 12 of 2022. Harlequin Trade Publishing provided me an early galley to read in exchange for an honest review. As a music fanatic, I really appreciated the author's various references to new-wave and alternative bands and songs. It gives the whole novel a built-in sort of soundtrack. I have always had a fascination with New York City, starting from when I was a kid reading comic books and watching TV and movies. It always seemed like a vibrant, mythical place. The author captures that element of energy and mystery here. In my early 20's, I got the opportunity to visit the city a couple times and would always be open for returns there again. What drew me into this book was the concept of these "shortcuts" in the city. They start out as a very mysterious, almost mystical concept that moves the story quickly from contemporary urban fiction into one that is fantastical. I think the idea is very genius and thus an intriguing foundation upon which to build the story of the characters involved. Just as the shortcuts tend to leave the passers-through a bit disoriented, there were places in the narration where I as a reader felt that way. I am not sure that was the author's intention. That feeling seemed to pass as the story got back into the groove once more. Things really pick up when Jean and her various acquaintances band together to attempt to make everything right. The ending of the story seemed to pull together very quickly; I almost would have preferred some trimming of the earlier chapters to give the ending some space to breathe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Geonn Cannon

    I really like scifi stories that are heavily ordinary/normal with just a twist of the fantastical. This book is a great example of that genre. My main complaint is that the book tried to add a plot explaining the how/why of the shortcuts, but the majority of that story took place "off-camera" or through dialogue from other people. The main antagonist only appeared over the phone, except for a fleeting scene near the end. It would have been better without the focus on that angle and just stuck wi I really like scifi stories that are heavily ordinary/normal with just a twist of the fantastical. This book is a great example of that genre. My main complaint is that the book tried to add a plot explaining the how/why of the shortcuts, but the majority of that story took place "off-camera" or through dialogue from other people. The main antagonist only appeared over the phone, except for a fleeting scene near the end. It would have been better without the focus on that angle and just stuck with the main characters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan (The Book Bag)

    I'm a big fan of the idea of time travel and what that might mean to the future... or the present. The Night Shift does a nice job of interweaving the past with the present as Jean and Iggy use the portals that are all around the city to get from place to place, and sometimes to another time. Jean is struggling and when she tries to get from one job to her other one, Iggy introduces her to the city's portals. Little does she know that these portals have a deeper connection to her and her past. A I'm a big fan of the idea of time travel and what that might mean to the future... or the present. The Night Shift does a nice job of interweaving the past with the present as Jean and Iggy use the portals that are all around the city to get from place to place, and sometimes to another time. Jean is struggling and when she tries to get from one job to her other one, Iggy introduces her to the city's portals. Little does she know that these portals have a deeper connection to her and her past. As she tries to find out what happened to Iggy after he suddenly disappears, secrets start to unfold. She finds out that she is involved way more intricately than she first imagined. The Night Shift is full of action and intrigue, with some great characters who are just trying to live their lives. As they race to set things right, will the portals trap them.... or set them free?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lurie-terrell

    Despite its slow and overly neurotic start, ended up being one of the best and most human time travel novels I have ever read and I have probably read almost every piece of fiction I could find on this subject, especially when I was a kid. Totally transcends the genre, as cliche as that sounds. Absolutely excellent.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma-Leigh

    I found the concept of this book to be very unique! Jean is a young adult in New York in 2004. She has just quit a job she loved because her boss asked some questions that reopened some mental trauma wounds. She is struggling to make rent with her new job at a bar, so she jumps at the chance to work at a bakery, but the problem is that the bakery doesn’t tolerate tardiness and the distance between the two is prohibitive. She meets Iggy who introduces her to shortcuts- basically a portal from one I found the concept of this book to be very unique! Jean is a young adult in New York in 2004. She has just quit a job she loved because her boss asked some questions that reopened some mental trauma wounds. She is struggling to make rent with her new job at a bar, so she jumps at the chance to work at a bakery, but the problem is that the bakery doesn’t tolerate tardiness and the distance between the two is prohibitive. She meets Iggy who introduces her to shortcuts- basically a portal from one part of the city to another. They can only go through them after dark and they are supposed to be used unidirectionally. Jean experiences some odd side effects after using them, but when Iggy disappears she and a couple acquaintances start to investigate them further. As their investigation delves deeper into the origin of the shortcuts Jean realizes that she is more connected to them that she ever could have predicted. This was a lot of fun! Magical realism can be pretty hit or miss for me, so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I felt that the writing was good, the conversations felt real and unforced, and the plot moved at a good pace. There were times that Jean would have a flashback to an unpleasant memory that made me stop and figure out what was going on because there were no breaks to let you know that you were leaving the current storyline, which made for a little confusion. Overall, I liked this! If you like magical realism with a little mystery and time travel, I’d say give this one a shot! CW: domestic abuse, toxic relationship, car accident

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce Jean Smith lost both of her parents in a car accident that left her injured when she was 18 years old. She worked for years for a noted therapist until the therapist started asking personal questions and then she quit her 9 to 5 job. And now she has two night jobs - a bartender and an assistant baker. When she has difficulty getting to her bakery job on time, a fellow worker lets her in on a little known New York City secret - a series of shortc Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce Jean Smith lost both of her parents in a car accident that left her injured when she was 18 years old. She worked for years for a noted therapist until the therapist started asking personal questions and then she quit her 9 to 5 job. And now she has two night jobs - a bartender and an assistant baker. When she has difficulty getting to her bakery job on time, a fellow worker lets her in on a little known New York City secret - a series of shortcuts around the city through different doorways and area that bypass time and space that seemed to appear out of nowhere in the 1970s. Little does Jean know the connections from the past and the twists she'll run into by using these portals that are to be used after dark and only one way. I loved this story. It's a slow burn at times but I still enjoyed how all the pieces fit together especially at the end. I highly recommend this book. I received this advanced reading copy from Park Row Books through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Be patient with this. Jean is struggling with life and her job when her pal Iggy tells her about portals in New York- short cuts which allow the user to jump from place to place and time to time. She's just trying to get to work but then she finds herself on a quest when Iggy disappears. Every time she uses a portal she experiences her life in that place and time. It's hard to explain and there is a bit of physics (I admit to skimming some of the scientific info) but I found myself compelled to Be patient with this. Jean is struggling with life and her job when her pal Iggy tells her about portals in New York- short cuts which allow the user to jump from place to place and time to time. She's just trying to get to work but then she finds herself on a quest when Iggy disappears. Every time she uses a portal she experiences her life in that place and time. It's hard to explain and there is a bit of physics (I admit to skimming some of the scientific info) but I found myself compelled to read. It helps, I think, to have spent time in Manhattan, especially in the early 2000s. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. A fresh and intriguing take on travel through time and space.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    You are anticipating the best steak dinner you have ever had. Your mouth is watering picturing your first bite. Then, the server puts a large cheeseburger in front of you with an explanation of how the restaurant is out of steak. Sure, the burger looks juicy—but it is no steak. The Night Shift is the burger in this scenario. I was expecting a time travelling thriller. But I received a slice-of-life character study. If you enjoy reading that type of book, you will probably disagree with my rating. You are anticipating the best steak dinner you have ever had. Your mouth is watering picturing your first bite. Then, the server puts a large cheeseburger in front of you with an explanation of how the restaurant is out of steak. Sure, the burger looks juicy—but it is no steak. The Night Shift is the burger in this scenario. I was expecting a time travelling thriller. But I received a slice-of-life character study. If you enjoy reading that type of book, you will probably disagree with my rating. As a thriller, however, The Night Shift is too slow-paced so I give it 3 disenchanted stars. Thanks to Park Row Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    CR

    This book was a great combination of so many things that it was a hidden gem of a find. I've never been to New York but man do I want to go. This one had me wanting to read so fast but not wanting it to end. It just weaves a story you won't be able to put down. This book was a great combination of so many things that it was a hidden gem of a find. I've never been to New York but man do I want to go. This one had me wanting to read so fast but not wanting it to end. It just weaves a story you won't be able to put down.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Killian

    Thank you very much to NetGalley and the publishers for this advance copy in exchange for my honest review. A very happy pub day to Natalka Burian! I’m not sure how to classify this one - maybe a sci-fi mystery/quest? I got some serious Blake Crouch vibes, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Crouch’s works. That being said, this one does move quickly - the plot does keep it moving. It took a bit of time for things to start coming together - I think about the 55%-60% mark I started figuring out how a Thank you very much to NetGalley and the publishers for this advance copy in exchange for my honest review. A very happy pub day to Natalka Burian! I’m not sure how to classify this one - maybe a sci-fi mystery/quest? I got some serious Blake Crouch vibes, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Crouch’s works. That being said, this one does move quickly - the plot does keep it moving. It took a bit of time for things to start coming together - I think about the 55%-60% mark I started figuring out how all of these things converged. I’m feeling a bit middle of the road with this one, just because it required a bit more abstract thinking than what I normally classify as enjoyable reading. However if you think that’s something up your alley, I think you’d like this one! Again, thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC in exchange for my review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Goalder

    this was so fun and fast paced and engaging which is exactly what i needed! out tuesday thank you to the author for sending me this

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    * Read for the 2022 Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge task: A book with a time-related word in the title

  20. 4 out of 5

    Riann

    I absolutely adored this exciting read! Such a cool concept to have shortcuts between different areas of New York City! How the shortcuts came about was really unique. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I was sad to see it end.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Frasier Armitage

    The Night Shift is a character-focussed slice-of-life drama in New York City which also just so happens to be a time-portal fantasy. It’s a beautiful cocktail that’s brimming with hope, and is sure to leave you with a smile on your face and a glow in your heart. The story centres around Jean, a young woman who struggles to let people in, and who works nights in a Manhattan bar. She keeps life at arms length so she doesn’t have to deal with her troubled past. But when a workmate goes missing, she The Night Shift is a character-focussed slice-of-life drama in New York City which also just so happens to be a time-portal fantasy. It’s a beautiful cocktail that’s brimming with hope, and is sure to leave you with a smile on your face and a glow in your heart. The story centres around Jean, a young woman who struggles to let people in, and who works nights in a Manhattan bar. She keeps life at arms length so she doesn’t have to deal with her troubled past. But when a workmate goes missing, she blames herself and starts searching for him. In the process, she stumbles on the best kept secret in New York — a series of portals, or “shortcuts,” that can transfer you anywhere in the city, even back in time — but more importantly, she’ll find a way to grow beyond the shackles of her past, and learn how to really live. Jean is likeable and relatable, and I had no trouble rooting for her through the book. Every time she used a “shortcut” across the city, she glimpsed a snapshot of her past, and these flashes really added depth to her character. The fact the story leans so heavily into its characters is really refreshing, because time-portal fiction has a tendency to be so intricately plotted that the characters can get a little lost in the mix. But that’s not the case here. If anything, this swings the other way, and there’s barely a hint of scientific explanation though the story. It’s the softest of sci-fi, but that’s what makes it work. There’s a charm about the book that sucks you in. It somehow manages to revolve around hidden time-portals, while still feeling like a coming-of-age drama about a woman who gets a new job at a bakery. There’s something so innocent and sweet about the whole flavour of this book, that it radiates warmth from every page. The way Jean grows as a person and learns to overcome her trauma is just as exciting as any leap through time. I was impressed by the way the plot unfolded. It was so gently and deftly done, and the puzzle at the heart of the book such a delicate one, that it could easily have come over as eye-rollingly convoluted in less skilful hands. Instead, the conceit behind the story is so perfect, I was able to just sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s so easy to get lost in this book. In a way, it transports you to New York faster than any “shortcut” and it successfully grounds you in the night life of the world’s most famous city. I adored it. The Night Shift is sweeter than a slice of New York cheesecake, and just as delicious and addictive. When it’s done, you’ll crave one more mouthful. It’s a nostalgic, joyful, transportive, and elegant book which will move you to embrace life’s many wonders, and will definitely take a “shortcut” to your heart.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Bossard

    I flew through The Night Shift. Part mystery, part magical realism, and part love letter to old New York. I was quickly sucked in, desperate to get answers and tie each storyline together. The ending was satisfying and I’m excited to read more of her books!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    Booklist review to come. Burian is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This is very different from her last book, but both were totally up my alley. The supernatural aspects of both books are intriguing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    When Jean flees to anonymity in New York, she has no idea how her new life will be anything but the bland, inconspicuous existence she imagines. Natalka Burian’s The Night Shift is an intensely engaging story that more than lives up to its cover blurb. Part thriller, part science fiction/fantasy, it’s peopled with true, imperfect characters whose agendas and backgrounds emerge throughout a sometimes gritty tale of space-time travel and its effects on the travelers as well as the wider world, int When Jean flees to anonymity in New York, she has no idea how her new life will be anything but the bland, inconspicuous existence she imagines. Natalka Burian’s The Night Shift is an intensely engaging story that more than lives up to its cover blurb. Part thriller, part science fiction/fantasy, it’s peopled with true, imperfect characters whose agendas and backgrounds emerge throughout a sometimes gritty tale of space-time travel and its effects on the travelers as well as the wider world, interwoven with contemporary lives molded by personal histories. Like the shortcuts Jean discovers, The Night Shift pulls you in and leaves you wanting to see what happens next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    good book with doors and making choices and the people along the way

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The premise of hidden shortcuts in NYC that could get you from one place (and possibly time) to another sounded promising, but I was a little underwhelmed with the execution. When a character goes missing from the shortcuts the scooby gang sets out to bring their friend back, find the origin of the shortcuts and close them for good. The story got off to a slow start being bogged down in Jean's life struggles/jobs. The pacing felt a bit off with the ending felling a bit rushed. Special thanks to The premise of hidden shortcuts in NYC that could get you from one place (and possibly time) to another sounded promising, but I was a little underwhelmed with the execution. When a character goes missing from the shortcuts the scooby gang sets out to bring their friend back, find the origin of the shortcuts and close them for good. The story got off to a slow start being bogged down in Jean's life struggles/jobs. The pacing felt a bit off with the ending felling a bit rushed. Special thanks to @netgalley for providing me with an ARC of The Night Shift for review purposes all opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    I believe I know what Burian was going for in The Night Shift and setting a story about hidden, semi-magical shortcuts all over New York at the city's absolute hipseter, in the know apex is what drew me to this book in the first place. It's an incredible idea for a story and that shouldn't be discounted. But while I think this could make a fun limited series, and at times feels paced like one, what holds the book back is that this specific New York is never enough of a character in the story and I believe I know what Burian was going for in The Night Shift and setting a story about hidden, semi-magical shortcuts all over New York at the city's absolute hipseter, in the know apex is what drew me to this book in the first place. It's an incredible idea for a story and that shouldn't be discounted. But while I think this could make a fun limited series, and at times feels paced like one, what holds the book back is that this specific New York is never enough of a character in the story and the plot feels a little too driven by coincidence to totally work for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mridupawan Podder

    There are doors in the city that provide a shortcut. A shortcut to a different location and if you're not careful, a different time. Sounds like a fantastic plot, doesn't it? It is. The problem with selling dreams is that you have to back it up with something and tie up loose threads. Or even better, get damn good at foreshadowing. None of which happens here. As endings go, yes we did have an ending but it didn't answer what you wanted. When you open a can of worms, you have to tell me what happ There are doors in the city that provide a shortcut. A shortcut to a different location and if you're not careful, a different time. Sounds like a fantastic plot, doesn't it? It is. The problem with selling dreams is that you have to back it up with something and tie up loose threads. Or even better, get damn good at foreshadowing. None of which happens here. As endings go, yes we did have an ending but it didn't answer what you wanted. When you open a can of worms, you have to tell me what happened to those individuals worms. That is what I didn't like. 3.5 stars rounding up.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Iphigenia

    Meh. I wanted to read this for the space/time portals, but they weren't a big enough part of the story. This started off so boring, going into detail about the main character barely eking out an existence in NYC, then finally we get to the portals and even so, the pace didn't really pick up much. Meh. I wanted to read this for the space/time portals, but they weren't a big enough part of the story. This started off so boring, going into detail about the main character barely eking out an existence in NYC, then finally we get to the portals and even so, the pace didn't really pick up much.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ahuva Traube

    This is my second "The Night Shift" novel for this year. It was good, but I definitely enjoyed the other one better. If you're looking to check off "The Night Shift" from your bucket list (and that must be a weird-a$% bucket list) read Alex Finlay's version. This is my second "The Night Shift" novel for this year. It was good, but I definitely enjoyed the other one better. If you're looking to check off "The Night Shift" from your bucket list (and that must be a weird-a$% bucket list) read Alex Finlay's version.

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