Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #Horror #Novella NIGHT SERVICE by @john_f_leonard

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Terry has been reading Night Service by John F Leonard

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4 stars
In this horror novella, Luke is on his third date with Jessica and, finally, is getting to spend the night with her – but first they have to get from their night out in the city centre to her home, in a village miles away.  Luke would get a taxi, but it would bankrupt him, so they settle on their only option: the night service.
Also on board are a drunk skinhead, a chatty old man, a woman and a baby, and three members of a rock band.  All seems, if not fine, then not too much of a worry, until the bus begins to speed up, and they begin to realise that the silent driver is missing out all the stops…

Born from the author’s many travels on the night service in his younger days (it says in the notes at the back), this is a fun horror story that kept me turning the pages in its unravelling of unexpected developments, and well-painted atmosphere.  Although horrific, it is not without humour, and it sits well in the novella length, without any padding or excess detail that would slow it down.

The only aspect I was not so keen on was the constant use of the subordinate clause – short, staccato, incomplete sentences – to emphasise urgency, shock, fear.  I’m not necessarily a traditionalist when it comes to literary styles, and thought that sometimes, although not ‘correct’, it worked well, but other times it was used to the extent that it marred my enjoyment of the story.

The ending features another nice little twist; I’d say that if you love this genre and prefer shorter books that will only take you a couple of hours or so to read, you should like this.
Book description
It’s been a great night, but it’s getting late. You need to make tracks and cash isn’t king.

No worries… all aboard the Night Service. It could be the last bus you ever catch.

Every journey is a journey into the unknown, but this trip is an eye-opener, unlike anything that Luke and Jessica have ever experienced. They’re going to learn a few important lessons. Being young and in love doesn’t grant immunity from the everyday awful… or the less ordinary evil that lurks in the shadows.

There’s no inoculation from the horror of the world – it’s real and it’s waiting to touch you.

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