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Summary

When a murdered young girl miraculously returns to life saying she's spoken to God, it's clear that sinister forces are at play. And when those who speak to her inexplicably commit suicide shortly afterwards, Nightingale is called in. He discovers a demon has possessed the girl's body…and the only way to banish it is to kill her.

And that's not all he has to deal with. After a farmer kills eight people before turning the gun on himself, the press label him as a Satanist. But when his brother visits Nightingale claiming his sibling has been set up, it seems there might be more to the case. Can Nightingale discover the real reason for the murderous rampage and keep himself out of danger?

©2013 Stephen Leather (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Double Troubles

Book 4 in the series; the plot 'progresses' from the end of Nightmare. A series that very much has to be consumed in proper sequence. It deals with the concurrent investigations into the aftermath of a School spree killing with Satanic overtones in the Berwick area and the aftermath of a child abduction. In neither case are things as they seem.

The Good:
Two interesting investigations; the Berwick thread in particular was fascinating and very topical in it's underlying subject matter. It also played with pre-conceptions nicely.with a couple of red herrings suitably strewn about

The narration was good and especially when the narrator was doing the 'supernatural' voices quite creepy.

There is a real sense of menace and unease in the Child Abduction investigation.

Very good use of the prologue in creating suspense as to how the dots are going to be filled in.

The Bad
After the equivalent of a plot car hitting a wall ending of Nightmare; the 'progress' was actually less jarring than I'd expected. There is however yet another mini 'Deus Ex' at the end.

The 'Demon Summoning/Dealing' element that played a major part in the first three was a lot lot less than in previous novels and what there was seemed forced in rather than for any real purpose.

The two investigations seemed super glued together into the one book. I appreciate there is doubtless a contrast between what was actually happening as opposed to appearing to in each but at times it felt like each was being slightly compressed. It felt more like soup and a sandwich than a steak and chips .

Overall
There's perhaps an element of the story arc and narrative stumbling in a state of concussed shock after the way Nightmare ended but it seemed the weakest of the four so far. The 'Wow' factor of the first three is absent. That said however taken on it's own the investigations are interesting and for a fan of the series well worth a listen; hopefully a pause for breath before a stronger Book 5.


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  • Tim
  • United Kingdom
  • 27-06-13

A welcome return to form

I have listened to all the Jack Nightingale stories and enjoyed them all, except the third one which resorted to a deus ex machina ending which was irritating and lazy....Anyway this book is a welcome return to black magic and Jack's fairly dumb decisions.

Well written and well narrated its a fun, no brain needed, horror lite book that I will almost certainly listen to again.

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Another good read

I thoroughly enjoy Jack Nightingale's character and have looked forward to this book.
So much so that I couldn't put it down till the end.
Once again the author draw's you in to a web of intrigue that has you reaching for the book at the slightest opportunity.
In my opinion not quite as good as the first book's but still a worthy addition that leave's you wanting more.
Recommended.

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Found the subject matter a bit too difficult.

I've really enjoyed the other Jack Nightingale book and eagerly downloaded the latest. As usual, it's engagingly written and I like the protagonists but the subject matter made it difficult for me to truly enjoy it. It's very well read and the narrator does a great job with the different accents in the story. I listened to the end and was quite glad when I got there.

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Scaringly good

I was gripped from the first syllable that Paul Thornley uttered right until the end when Audible hoped I had enjoyed the recording. I thought that there were only going to be three Jack Nightingale books so was delighted when this one appeared..

Stephen Leather weaves his magic into the story it twists and turns all the time and at times I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

A Farmer in Berwick walks into a school and shoots eight children and a teacher, then turns the gun on himself what drove him to do it ..?

This book kept spinning around in my head for days after I had finished it. Can't recommend it highly enough- one of the best books I've listened to this year.

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  • cilla
  • st mary, United Kingdom
  • 05-10-18

A bit darker then the previous books

The subject matter is a very difficult thing to write about and I did find some bits hard to listen to but as ever a fantastic story and so well pieces together

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book 3

the series just gets better. the characters are sound and the story is continuing and diverse. well worth reading. very gripping and holds your attention.

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Good Read

cracking story but i thoght the end could have been better and loose ends not covered from the last book?

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Felt a little cheated!

Good but identical to others in the series, you ask yourself is the author cheating by using the the same material as its worked before.
Really time to stop repeating old lines used so many times before.
Still above all that it’s a good listen.

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nightshade review

This book maintains the excellent writing and fast pace you expect from Stephen Leather. The story line although is very disturbing as it involves the murder of children and child rape. At times it was uncomfortable to listen too.

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  • Steven
  • 26-11-16

Pretty good thriller

I enjoyed the first three books in the Nightingale series better than this one. But this one was also pretty good and had some neat ideas in it. It is kind of a reboot from the first three books where Nightingale gets to live his life over again and is once again faced by a demon, however in this book it is a shade that he is dealing with. A young girl is kidnapped and abused to the point of being killed opening her up for and evil entity to move into her body with an evil agenda. What Nightingale must have to do to confront her is a horrible thing to even think about. Mrs. Stedman remakes an appearance to help guide Mr. Nightingale along. Jenny is also present in this book but has a very minor rule which kind of disappointed me. Paul Thornley does a very good job with the narration however his voice tends to go into a monotone at times and made me start to drift off. But overall he did A good job bringing the characters to life.

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  • Sammi
  • 07-05-14

Always delivers

What did you love best about Nightshade?

I love the intrigue, the mystery and jack. I was very excited when this new book was released and I wasn't disappointed. Paul has the perfect voice.

Which scene was your favorite?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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  • Loves to shop amazon
  • 23-07-15

Horrible new narrator to this series

Ralph Lister used to read this series and he was brilliant. He did the voices and read in an engaging way. This new guy for this book reads in a clipped boring tone that is really making me want to not finish this book :( I may return the, and read them myself on kindle.

Horrible. Why didn't the author leave well enough alone.

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