Title: Graveyard Shift
Author: Michael S. Haspil
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Graveyard Shift was a mishmash of tried-and-true urban fantasy tropes with a few unique twists thrown in.
The plot of the story, although slow to pick up, was action-packed and increasingly fast-paced toward the end—which I liked. However, I thought the conclusion was a bit too open-ended, even for a series starter, and everything wrapped up a bit prematurely for my taste.
The main characters, Alex and Marcus, were interesting and fun to follow, but I felt that too much of Alex’s backstory was withheld, considering how many times it was referenced. I assume the author held it back to explore in a sequel, but I think we could have be given a few more key details without it completely unraveling a subsequent plotline.
One of my biggest issues with the story was undoubtedly the writing style combined with the structure. Frankly, I think there were too many POV characters in the book. (The story jumps around to a lot of different people, most noticeably in the first half.)
When you take into account that the overall writing style was heavy with exposition, and then add a higher-than-average number of POVs, you inevitably wind up with a story that feels much slower than it should. If the POV usage and style had been more streamlined, the pacing would have felt much less bogged down.
Overall, this was a fine read, but I do think it could have better.