Thursday, June 26, 2014

All Day And A Night: A Novel by Alafair Burke

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

The latest story dominating the tabloids - the murder of psychotherapist Helen Brunswick - couldn't be further from Carrie Blank's world handling federal appeals at an elite Manhattan law firm.  But then a hard-charging celebrity trial lawyer calls Carrie with an offer she can't refuse: Anthony Amaro, the serial killer police blamed for the murder of Carrie's older sister, Donna, has new evidence related to Brunswick's murder that he believes can exonerate him.  Determined to force the government to catch Donna's real killer, Carrie takes on Amaro's wrongful conviction claim.

On the other side of Amaro's case in NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, who, along with her partner, JJ Rogan, is tapped as the "fresh look" team to reassess the investigation that led to Amaro's conviction.  The case is personal for them, too:  Ellie wonders whether they got the assignment because of her relationship with the lead prosecutor, and Rogan has his own reasons to distrust Amaro's defense team.

As the NYPD and Amaro's lawyers search for certainty among years of conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie's hometown and secrets left behind there.  And when Carrie falls victim to a brutal attack, it becomes clear that the young attorney got too close to the truth.

my thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of Burke's books, especially those involving Ellie Hatcher. They are the perfect go-to novels for anyone wanting a quick, thrilling read.  I love the familiarity of the characters, the predictability of the story, and the unexpected twists and turns that do pop up now and again throughout the story.  Plus, I love how Burke is able to make each story feel so relevant - so now (as if its a story you would hear about on the 11pm news).

In All Day And A Night, Burke has brought back Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan to solve a new crime.  They are chosen to re-investigate an old solved murder case in conjunction with a currently unsolved murder case (well, the husband is suspected, but its not certain he's the killer) - all thanks to Hatcher's boyfriend who picked them for this job.  Rogan is not a happy camper and neither is Hatcher.  Least of all because they will have to reassess their fellow detectives' work and that is not something cops enjoy doing - questioning each others' work.  Burke has written another fast-paced story filled with murder, intrigue, suspense, tons of red herrings, and the usual tying up of loose ends.  We also get a peek inside Hatcher's relationships with her boyfriend (she's still holding him at a distance, but by the end of the story has made a leap towards moving forward with him), her partner (they butt heads on this case in so many ways, but remain strong partners), and her family (her brother is still there for her in personal and professional ways, whilst her mother fills her old answering machine with one missed call too many).  I love getting to know Hatcher better with each new book and enjoy getting caught up in whatever new murder-mystery her and Rogan get called to solve.  Burke's writing always draws me in and keeps me hooked from start to finish and this book is no exception.

I would most definitely recommend All Day And A Night to fans of Alafair Burke's novels and anyone looking for a great new mystery to read. 

Here's the TLC Book Tour schedule for: All Day And A Night
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Lark said...

Sounds really good; I love well-written mysteries, especially when they have an unexpected plot twist, or two. Which of Burke's books is your favorite? (And is it better to read them in order?)

Ti said...

Yeah, I enjoyed it too even though it's not my typical thing.

Nadia said...

Lark, it really was. I really enjoyed Never Tell - that one was my favorite. I've read them out of order and that never seemed to be a problem. Hope you enjoy them :)

Ti, I know what you mean :)

Bellezza said...

I downloaded a Burke novel on elf rom Nook Free Book Friday, but I haven't read anything by her. Glad to know you think she's great, I always love a good mystery.

Dot said...

This sounds really good, haven't read anything by this author for a while.

Nadia said...

Bellezza, some of her books have been a mixed bag for me, but some have been really good. This is one the good ones, along with Never Tell. Hope you enjoy her work :)

Dot, definitely check it out :)

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad to see that you are continuing to enjoy this series! I love having go-to books like this!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Nadia said...

Thanks, Heather! I loved being a part of this tour :)