Book Review: Stephen Leather Deals With The Devil In Thriller "Nightfall"
Just weeks before his thirty-third birthday, Nightingale learns that his biological father recently passed away, leaving behind a mansion in a will. Secluded in a forest, Gosling Manor is the perfect setting for satanic rituals to re-connect with the deceased.
As Nightingale explores the house, he finds an envelope containing a key to a safe deposit at a bank. In hopes that there is money in the deposit box, Nightingale visits the bank only to receive a DVD.
However, this DVD contained a terrifying warning: Jack's soul was sold at birth by his father and will be claimed in three weeks on his thirty-third birthday. Initially dismissed as words of a maniac, Nightingale continues to live a normal life, that is, until family and close friends begin to die horribly.
If he does not find a way out, his soul will be damned in hell for eternity. Realizing this fate is inescapable, he tries to connect the clues, which include searching for his biological mother and long lost sister.
Within a matter of days, Nightingale uncovers spells, prayers and rituals in the priceless library of his father, and with the help of his secretary, Jenny, he becomes one step closer to understanding the deal with a devil that his father negotiated years ago.
The author uses seventy-seven chapters to draw the reader into world that combines suspenseful and supernatural occurrences to tell the story of Jack Nightingale. However the detail-packed novel was extremely engaging, capitalizing on a society of readers who may be too impatient to read through long, drawn-out chapters. Each chapter was no more than six or seven pages, and with the turn of each page, the reader is left with a desire to read the next short chapter in order to finish the story.
The thrilling read is the perfect choice for those nights in, so be sure to stop by your nearest bookstore to pick up "Nightfall," as it is released on bookshelves today!