Book Review: Nightingale’s Lament by Simon R. Green

Title: Nightingale’s Lament (Nightside #3)

Author: Simon R. Green

Blurb: The name’s John Taylor. I work the garish streets of the Nightside—the hidden heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where in human creatures and otherworldly gods walk side by side in the endless darkness of the soul.

I have a talent for finding things. People…property…no problem. But now I’m after something different.

A local diva called the Nightingale has cut herself off from her family and friends, and I’ve been hired to find out the reason. I’m also wondering why her suicide—prone fans think she has a voice to die for. Literally.

To get the truth, I’ll have to lend an ear to the most enticingly beautiful and deadly voice in all of the Nightside—and survive.

My Thoughts:

While I wouldn’t say this book was much better than the previous installment, it certainly wasn’t any worse. The excellent world-building that has kept me interested in this series thus far continued to expand, shaping the Nightside into an even stranger and more exciting place than it was in the other two books. Meanwhile, the introduction of several new characters spiced up the narrative and led to some great twists in the plot.

The plot itself was fairly solid, if a tad bit repetitive—I thought John returned to the same places a few too many times, i.e. he was literally going around in circles—and it had a pretty tense climax that brought together a lot of elements from the previous books in a new way. The characterization was also well done this time around, and I felt I really “got to know” the new arrivals in a way that the earlier books, particularly book one, failed to allow.

The writing itself I still find so-so, with its tediously long and unfocused paragraphs, but that’s the only noticeable issue that still lingers on from the first book, and I can get over not-great writing as long as the rest of the story is good.

So, overall, this book didn’t show a huge leap in quality from its predecessor, but it still made for an enjoyable read.

Rating: 3/5 stars


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