Happy Friday and happy belated release to this sci-fi thriller!
Thanks to HMH Books for the advanced copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
THE NIGHT MARKET – Jonathan Moore (out now!)
The #allthebookreviews duo stepped out of their comfort zones – and we’re very pleased that we did.
Chandra’s Thoughts: 3/5 stars
My first Jonathan Moore book! A dystopian sci-fi “thriller” set in a unique world. Quite an intriguing read.
A bit mobster feel, tied in with sci-fi themes with memory loss and a weird gray moss that turns people into pulp. WHAT?! After being around this element, Carver and his partner Jenner, wake up days later with no memory of the event and things just don’t make sense.
I felt there were a ton of elements to this story – thriller, mobster, sci-fi and romance. At times it felt all over the place and I felt like maybe I had also been introduced to this memory loss poisoning thing that was happening to Carver. WHY CAN’T I REMEMBER WHAT’S HAPPENING??? The author did a great job in making some lighter moments happen mixed in with the darker theme. Quite frankly, I may start peeling the labels off my wine bottles like Mia does. I really love the idea of this! I did get a little lost along the way, yet I was absolutely and totally intrigued with this book. It’s a weird mixture of feeling to have when reading a book. Sci-fi isn’t necessarily my go-to genre, so please take that into account. (I believe someone once said that it’s only sci-fi if you don’t believe!).
I could’ve done without the romance – I felt it was a bit too much in this read. I also didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. I’m not sure if it’s because of the way the world is and that’s how people just are… or if there was just something missing for me that I can’t quite pin point. While I needed to know what was going to happen and was absolutely interested in the storyline, it just didn’t QUITE work for me as well as I had hoped it would. Things felt a little bit rushed at the end. I do admire the author’s unique writing style and think this is better suited for those who really like those sci-fi books with a little strange.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
I hadn’t heard much about Jonathan Moore or his bother books before picking up THE NIGHT MARKET, but I will definitely have to go back and visit his previous work. This was a dark thriller meets sci-fi set in the not-so-distant future and it grabbed me right from the start.
Late one night, Inspector Ross Carver is investigating a crime scene of a single male victim in one of the last luxury homes in the area. The strange part is that he’s covered in a substance that is eating through his skin. Before Carver can investigate further, FBI agents invade his crime scene and quickly escort him away to be disinfected and forced to drink some liquid. What follows are seizures and shock-enduced coma and him regaining consciousness two days later.
His neighbor, Mia, is in his apartment with him. He has no memory of what happened or what he saw at the crime scene. Mia informs him that he was poisoned – at least that’s what the police told her that carried him home. Can he trust what Mia is telling him? Will he be able to get to the bottom of what happened to him and why did the FBI remove him so quickly and erase him memory?
The mystery surrounding this story was great. It kept me reeled in and I needed to know what happened to him and what that unknown substance was. Moore can weave a thrilling story, there’s no doubt about that. I’m not the biggest sci-fi reader, but I’m glad I picked this one up. It’s always good to step outside your comfort genres every once in awhile. There is a romance element to this story as well, but I didn’t find it to be too overwhelming to the story.
Overall, if you want a dark sci-fi mystery, then you need to check out THE NIGHT MARKET. It’ll grab you and not let go!
What was a book that you read where you stepped out of your comfort zone?