27 March 2012

Review: Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

Expected publication: 3 April 2012 by Crown Publishing

Pages: 576 (hardcover)


Genre/s: Horror

Source: publisher for review


Check it Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ The Book Depository

Synopsis

NOCTURNAL is an epic story of mayhem set in the heart of San Francisco, where a group of people live in the city's unknown, underground ruins. They come out at night to prey on the "won't-bees," the dregs of society that won't be missed.

They've existed for hundreds of years, but are about to run headlong into Homicide detectives Bryan Clauser and Pookie Chang. It's a fight for existence as the police fight to stop a string of brutal, ritualistic occult murders. 


My Thoughts

When I first saw this book was available on NetGalley I was SO excited. I loved Scott Sigler's Infected and Contagious when I read them in 2011, and Infected was the first book I can ever recall making me feel physically ill with some very gory passages (and I read hard-core zombie books, I'm not easily rattled!!).

Nocturnal is a fast-paced, edge of your chair, peek between your fingers story – the characters are incredibly well-developed, the monsters are the stuff nightmares are made of and the story is enough to make your skin crawl (and check under the bed before you go to sleep!). The writing is intense and has the perfect balance of detail – descriptive enough to get lost in, not bogged down.

Bryan Chaucer ‘The Terminator’ and Pookie Chang are partners on the San Francisco beat who become involved in the investigation of a series of grisly, unexplainable murders. After Bryan comes down with an unexplainable illness and suffers from a series of nightmares, questions are raised and both Bryan and Pookie find themselves off the case and in the Chief of Police’s bad books. Taking matters into their own hands, they gradually close in on the secret that lurks beneath the streets of sunny San Fran.

Nocturnal is a fast-paced, edge of your chair, peek between your fingers story – the characters are incredibly well-developed, the monsters are the stuff nightmares are made of and the story is enough to make your skin crawl (and check under the bed before you go to sleep!). The writing is intense and has the perfect balance of detail – descriptive enough to get lost in, not bogged down.

At 576 pages, Nocturnal is a big book with a big story, big characters and big monsters. There were a few parts in the early stages of the book where the action could have moved a little more quickly, and the revealing of the monsters is a gradual, teasing process, but when they do come out, be prepared….


2 comments:

  1. Kat, thanks so much for the kind review!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. As a horror genre fan myself, it's always gratifying to see a fellow horror buff dig the stuff.

    We're gearing up for the big release next week here, and hoping for big things. Anyone wanting to learn more can stop over to scottsigler.com for info about the books, the free podcasts, the giveaways for NOCTURNAL, and more.

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  2. Thanks Scott! I'll surely be haunting the site for more info!


    And guys, you have to check out the book trailer - freaaaaaaaaaaky! (just don't watch it alone in the dark - you have been warned!)

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