‘The Goodnight Song’ by Nick Hollin



Gifted criminal profiler Nathan Radley has a unique way of thinking that allows him to empathize with the twisted killers he helps capture.

But Nathan a dark secret. He has more in common with the criminals he hunts than anyone could dare to imagine. He lives in constant fear of losing control of his own dark desires…

When the headless body of a policeman is dragged from the Thames – an exact enactment of one of his oldest and darkest fantasies, only ever confessed in the pages of his teenage diary – Nathan finds himself the main suspect in the most twisted case of his career.

Someone has his diary and is leaking pages to frame him for the disturbing murders he has spent his whole career trying not to commit.

As more bodies surface and more extracts are released, Nathan has no choice but to go in search of the killer to clear his name. He knows it’s someone dangerous, he knows it’s someone he trusted, but how many precious lives will be lost before he can work out who?


My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Dark Lies’ , which is the first book in the Detective Sergeant Katie Rhodes & Nathan Radley series.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the second book in the series and fortunately I didn’t have too long to wait.  The second book in the series ‘The Goodnight Song’ was released on the 17th September 2018.  I grabbed my copy, settled down and began to read.  Boy oh boy what a read it proved to be.  I absolutely loved ‘The Goodnight Song’ but more about that in a bit.

The second book sees a different Katie Rhodes and Nathan Radley.  When the book opens they are hiding out in a cottage in Wales.  Following the horrific events detailed in ‘Dark Lies’ both Rhodes and Radley felt the need to flee to escape the media attention, to escape all the interest in their case and to evade capture.  Rhodes is still recovering mentally and physically.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that she has had the rug pulled from under her.  As a result of her injuries she is unable to have children, which is a huge thing for her to have to come to terms with.  I got the impression that there is a teensy weensy part of her that blames Radley.  Following the murder of her partner, Rhodes is determined that she is going to go back to face the music and not only that but she will find whoever killed her partner.  Radley is a fascinating character.  I suppose you would call him a criminologist or a criminal profiler.  To me what makes him unique, is the fact that he is basically a good guy, who has some very deep and dark thoughts.  He wrote about some of them in a journal and now pages from that journal are being leaked to a true crime blog.  Now everybody knows his deepest, darkest thoughts.  He uses his dark thoughts to give him a unique insight into what makes criminals tick and he is invaluable when it comes to giving advice on how to catch them.

Oh my days, this was one hell of a read.  The story starts with a bang and with scenes that I am not going to forget in a hurry.  The story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout.  I was hooked from the moment I picked the book up and began to read.  For me, ‘The Goodnight Song’ really is a ‘CPID’ (can’t put it down) book.  My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it came everywhere with me.  I begrudged having to put the book down and if I did have to put the book down then I was counting down the time until I could pick it up again.  I was enjoying the book so much that I didn’t realise the speed with which the page numbers were flying past and how fast the time was going.  I seemed to be lost within the pages of the book.  The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story and you feel as though you are part of the story.  That’s what happened to me anyway.  The author uses such powerful and graphic descriptions that it felt as though I was ‘living’ the story.  I know, I know it’s a work of fiction but if I love an author’s writing style, I find the story engaging and I like the characters then I tend to ‘live’ the story as if it is real.  Reading this book was much like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with lots of twists, turns and unexpected moments that happen and leave you feeling as though you have been punched in the gut.

In short I absolutely loved reading ‘The Goodnight Song’.  I would definitely recommend this author and his books to other readers.  I can’t wait to read what comes next from Nick Hollin.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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