Nightshade : Jack Nightingale

  • by Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by Paul Thornley
  • Series: Jack Nightingale
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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?


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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 .

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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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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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2013
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd