Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Last Night(The Searchers #2) by Karen Ellis

Last Night (The Searchers, #2)
Release Date: February 26th, 2019
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: The Searchers #2
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
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NYPD detective Lex Cole tracks a missing Brooklyn teen whose bright future is endangered by the ghosts of his unknown father's past, in this highly anticipated sequel to A Map of the Dark.
One of the few black kids on his Brighton Beach block, Titus "Crisp" Crespo was raised by his white mother and his Russian grandparents. He has two legacies from his absent father, Mo: his weird name and his brown skin. Crisp has always been the odd kid out, but a fundamentally good kid, with a bright future.But one impulsive decision triggers a horrible domino effect--an arrest, no reason not to accompany his richer, whiter friend Glynnie on a visit to her weed dealer, and a trip onto his father's old home turf where he'll face certain choices he's always strived to avoid.As Detective Lex Cole tries to unravel the clues from Crisp's night out, they both find that what you don't know about your past can still come back to haunt you.

It was so nice to see Lex and Elsa back! In book one Elsa was the main character but in Last Night we had the chance to get to see Lex in action more as he was more of the leading character. Though this is a second in a series, it can read as a standalone. Other than Lex and Elsa knowing each other previously, the storyline and characters are completely different. I promise you, you won't get confused or be missing much if you haven't read the first.

I love book one, A Map of the Dark. Sadly, this one fell a little short for me. The characters and their development was great and Karen Ellis's writing is really good. She has this style that keeps inviting you back for more. However, I found the plotline to be pretty flat. The synopsis has so much promise, yet I found it didn't really live up to its potential.

Last Night does an excellent job at addressing the racial divide in New York and has a very powerful message throughout the book. Even though the book didn't really have me flying through the pages like I hoped it would, I am still really eager for the next book in the series! Karen Ellis has an excellent ability at crafting deep characters that can you wanting more! 

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