When the body of a woman is discovered in a New York office, the investigators realize that it has significant similarities to a string of murders that occurred years ago. The only problem? The perpetrator of those crimes, Anthony Amaro has been behind bars for years. NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher is asked to reopen the case, giving it a fresh look, to determine whether there is sufficient reason to reconsider Amaro’s guilt.
All Day and a Night features two strong female leads and a creative and gripping mystery; crime fiction fans should definitely scoop this one up immediately.
While All Day and a Night is the fifth novel in the Ellie Hatcher series, it’s only the second novel in the series I’ve read. Often, it’s easy to feel lost when wading through characters you aren’t familiar with, after they’ve lived lives on pages you haven’t yet read. But Burke is a talented author, and she does a great job settling new readers into this book quickly. The result is that, whether you’ve read every single previous novel in the Ellie Hatcher series or haven’t read a single one, Burke’s precise writing, colorful characters, and quick-paced storyline will quickly grab your attention, and more importantly, keep it for the book’s duration.
The story of All Day and a Night is where the book really shines. Readers are never quite sure of what’s around the next corner; it’s easy to guess (and by the end, they just may have figured out the solution), but Burke continues to surprise with every twist and turn. Honestly, I’ve read a lot of crime fiction; it’s definitely one of my favorite genres. But I’m finding it more and more difficult to be truly impressed by a crime novel. It does happen, sure, but not as often as it used to. There are only so many storylines, after all, only so many twists and turns. But Burke did surprise me with her creativity and ingenuity, keeping things fresh and new. I really appreciated this read for that reason; it was well-written, but more than that, I wasn’t quite sure where it was taking me, in a great way.
There are two strong and resourceful women at the center of All Day and a Night: Hatcher, who’s smart and easy to like, and Carrie Blank, a young attorney whose sister was a victim of the original series of murders. Carrie ends up working for the law office representing Anthony Amaro, and it’s so interesting to watch her crisis of conscience grow. At the beginning, she is energized, sure that they’re going to find out what really happened to her sister, but as Carrie begins to realize what she’s gotten herself into and who she might hurt along the way, things become more muddled. It’s interesting to watch Carrie grow and change as a character; she’s naive and idealistic at the beginning of the novel and is forced into the harsh realizations of reality way too quickly.
I’ve enjoyed the two Ellie Hatcher novels I’ve read enough that I’ve resolved to go back and read the first three in the series. Burke is a talented writer, and her books are always gripping. What’s more, whether standalone or part of a series, I’ve found that she had a singular way of looking at things, such that her books are rarely predictable. All Day and a Night is a great read, and I look forward to seeing what Burke does next.
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