Night Eyes (The Detective Temeke Crime Series #2)by Claire Stibbe Published 01 Jan 1970
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"Night Eyes (The Detective Temeke Crime Series #2)" Reviews
I received this as an arc from the book club ( tbc ) on fb in exchange for an honest review.
When the young son of albuguerques mayor is kidnapped, Detective David Temeke and his partner Malin Santiago are called in to investigate.
Wow. Fantastic read.
Had me gripped from start to finish.
I loved the story and the characters.
Very gripping read.
Had me hooked from the start.
I loved Temeke and Malin.
They were my favourite characters.
I liked Adam too.
Didn't like Ramsey at first.
Then he grew on me.
And wow didn't see that coming.
I liked the ending too.
This is a must read and I would highly recommend this book.
Definitely worth more than 5 *.
Book 2 in a gripping crime series - I'm hooked!
I loved ‘The 9th Hour’, Book 1 of Detective Temeke’s crime series, but I think ‘Night Eyes’ is even better. Claire Stibbe gets inside the characters’ minds, with an intensity and control over a wide range of different personalities and styles. She gave us the thoughts of a serial killer in ‘the 9th Hour’ and in ‘Night Eyes’ we are equally drawn into the limited understanding of a boy scout; limited because he’s too young to comprehend the adult scenes he’s witnessed and limited because he has no idea why he’s been kidnapped. Neither has the reader although we pick up on little clues and wonder… as do the detctives when they find the paper trail this ingenious youngster is laying for them.
In addition to the crime plot, I enjoyed the complex relationships between the police officers, although ‘enjoyed’ doesn’t describe how I felt towards the macho, sexist attitudes faced by Malin, who has to deal with her own insecurities in a hostile working atmosphere. The gallows humour and tough talk comes over as very realistic. Temeke himself is well drawn and his own background means he will never fit in any more than Malin will – the tension in their partnership is growing tentatively towards team spirit and support. I hope this blossoms further in Book 3 and look forward to the further invetsigations of New Mexico’s finest.
New Mexico is almost a character within the novel and I can really imagine both the landscape and the sense of Native American history – and present-day issues – bringing a unique sense of place and people to the police locker-rooms.
Oh my! I was blown away with the first book in this series, ‘The 9th Hour’ and now the author has done it again with this fabulous sequel.
Detectives Temeke and Santiago are back, a mere 4 wks after their last case, this time on the trail of a kidnapped boy. From the opening scene we know we are in for another rollercoaster, emotional ride.
As the story swings back and forth pendulum like between the fleeing kidnapper and the pursuing detectives, the tension is ranked one ratchet at a time. Sub stories help to twist the plot even further and once again the author delivers characters so whole and believable that the good in them sings from the page and the bad makes you hang your head in despair.
For me, the star of this show is scared but resolute scout Adam and his remarkable journey of discovery.
Skilful intelligent, plotting and masterful writing. This is an author to follow and a book you simply must read.
I would like to thank Tracy at TBC and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review.
Although I hadn't read book 1 "The 9th Hour", I had no problems reading this as a stand-alone thriller.
This was an extremely fast-paced thriller and at times I felt I was on a giant roller-coaster.
The story moves between the kidnapper, the detectives and the boy who's been kidnapped.
The tension builds and I found myself holding my breath wondering what was going to happen next.
Ms Stibbe has a way of pulling you into the story and keeping your interest throughout. I ended up caring about the characters and what would happen to them.
Claire Stibbe is definitely an author to watch out for and I will certainly be reading more of her books.
I only give the book four stars because I felt it dragged out a little half way and slightly long winded in the middle, however some good sub plots emerged to keep you engaged at this time and Claire brought you back into the story as the ending speeds up. Really enjoyed reading, just as good as the first. Definitely getting the third.
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Night Eyes
Author: Claire Stibbe
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 22
Writing Style: 9/10
Of the 22 readers:
22 would read another book by this author.
22 thought the cover was good or excellent.
20 felt it was easy to follow.
22 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
12 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
10 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’.
22 felt the pacing was good or excellent.
22 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.
‘Wow! I loved every page of this thriller.’ Male reader, aged 55
‘Cool mystery.’ Female reader, aged 34
‘This author is so talented. Her writing skills are top notch as is her ability to plot a complex and highly addictive plot.’ Female reader, aged 65
‘There’s the odd hole in the story but other than that, it is fast paced and full of interesting and charismatic characters. Very enjoyable.’ Male reader, aged 65
‘Excellent read. The characters were complex and fun to follow. The speech worked well although it was not always natural; might be worth working on. The ending was excellent too.’ Male reader, aged 28
‘I was a little confused in parts but it was still a wonderful read.’ Female reader, aged 49
To Sum It Up:
‘A gripping thriller and totally unputdownable. A SILVER MEDAL WINNER and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards