Nocturnal by Scott Sigler (pub date 4/3/12)
“Bryan said what he always said–that killing a man felt awful.”
I feel like I’ve been posting reviews on mostly serious, dramatic books lately. So it’s time to get back to my horror roots and have a little fun! I’ve never read a Scott Sigler novel before, but when I came across the book trailer for Nocturnal on Twitter, I knew I had to read it:
Set in San Francisco, Nocturnal is a book about the battle between monsters and men, and even dares to blur the line between the two. Our protagonist Bryan Clauser is a homicide detective, rough around the edges but still basically a good man. Stuck with the nickname “The Terminator” due to the number of criminals he’s killed, Bryan tends to see right and wrong strictly in black and white. His partner Pookie Chang provides the comedic relief and also serves to keep Bryan grounded.
When Bryan and Pookie begin investigating a series of gruesome murders, Bryan begins to feel as if he’s losing his mind. He starts dreaming about the murders (even as they’re happening), and he begins to wonder if he’s somehow connected to them. Little by little, he and Pookie start uncovering clues to the killings, clues which point to a 200-year-old cult, a strange teenage boy, a vigilante killer, and a legion of monsters living in shadows beneath the city.
With plenty of twists and turns, interesting characters, and a fair share of blood and gore, Nocturnal is an enthralling read for horror fans. Even at almost 600 pages long, the story stays fresh and the writing keeps pulling you back in. It’s definitely not for the squeamish, but still an extremely enjoyable and unique read. Sigler clearly took the time to develop his characters and provide an origin story for his monsters, making them seem even more real.
Overall, Nocturnal is a hard-hitting story for the true horror fan. It’s part crime drama, part creature feature, and altogether a well-written and intelligent book.