Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Book Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: For centuries an ancient evil has slept beneath the streets of New Harbor. This Halloween, it wakes up.
An action-packed debut horror novel from talented new writer Matthew Quinn Martin, Nightlife pits a feisty bartender and a mysterious loner against bloodthirsty terrors as alluring as they are deadly.
Nightclub bartender and serial heartbreaker Beth Becker might be a cynic. But when her best friend goes missing Halloween night, Beth knows it's up to her to find out what happened. Her quest will take her on an odyssey through the crumbling city of New Harbor, Connecticut. Along the way she meets a homeless prophet warning of something he calls the "Night Angel"- a bloodthirsty creature that feeds on the forgotten. And she will form an unlikely bond with a hunted stranger who knows all too well what stalks the streets at night.
Review: Ancient creatures, once dormant under the streets of New Harbor, have woken and it is now time for the feeding frenzy. With an alluring appearance to lure humans into their grasp, the Night Angels (as the prophet calls them) are systematically eating their way through the denizens of New Harbor. It’s been Jack’s long-time mission to kill these bloodsucking monsters and now Beth has joined the fight after experiencing her own tragedy. Will all their efforts be enough to stop the evil or will they too find themselves at the wrong end of the food chain? ‘Nightlife’ is the author’s debut novel and you can really see all the work he’s put into making it a different kind of vampire story. I liked how the creatures were very different and the world-building didn’t need to be to a large scale because this was a very character driven story. I enjoy the multiple viewpoints because it gave us a way to get more of the story than if we were just seeing through Beth’s eyes. I preferred learning along with Beth about the creatures and about Jack. I liked how Jack is very unapologetic about whom he has become and Blood (the dog) stole my heart. If you’re looking for a very different horror story, pick up ‘Nightlife’!