On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping new thriller by Harriet Tyce, It Ends at Midnight.
It’s New Year’s Eve and the stage is set for a lavish party in one of Edinburgh’s best postcodes. It’s a moment for old friends to set the past to rights – and move on.
The night sky is alive with fireworks and the champagne is flowing. But the celebration fails to materialise.
Because someone at this party is going to die tonight.
Midnight approaches and the countdown begins – but it seems one of the guests doesn’t want a resolution.
They want revenge.
It Ends at Midnight is an utterly gripping read by Harriet Tyce and it is so tense. We know very early on that two people will end up dead, their bodies impaled on railings after falling from a roof on New Year’s Eve, just as the clock strikes midnight. But who are these people? What has led up to this moment? I was desperate to find out.
I really engaged with the main characters in this book, and Harriet Tyce raises the stakes for both of them as the novel progresses. I felt I couldn’t trust either Tess or Sylvie, who have been best friends since childhood. Harriet Tyce gradually begins to reveal what happened in their past, and this is what makes the book so tense. I didn’t know how each character was going to react, especially Sylvie, I had the feeling that she was going to end up doing something terrible as I was reading. I wanted to know what secrets they were both keeping.
I thought the dialogue between the characters in this book was really well done, and I thought this was particularly the case between Sylvie and her new boyfriend, Gareth. I also really liked the courtroom scenes, which is what Harriet Tyce writes very well and they feel very authentic. I thought this, as well, when I read her debut Blood Orange a few years ago. I think this is what Harriet Tyce does really well in her books.
One of the intriguing parts of the book was Tess’s determination to return to a dark time in her past, following her cancer diagnoses. You can see that she is keen to make amends with one particular person, but Sylvie, isn’t all too keen on the idea. Tess even wants to recreate her wedding, and is desperate for everything to be exactly how it was on the big day. You get a sense of the emotions that she is experiencing, and Harriet Tyce wrote this into Tess’s dialogue very well. I was invested in both characters as I was reading, and I wanted to know what was really going on in the inner workings of their minds.
I thought It Ends at Midnight was very well plotted and it kept me entertained as was reading. I thought the characterisation was very well done and they kept me hooked as I as reading the book. If you’ve loved Harriet Tyce’s previous books, then you are going to love her latest.
Publication date: 14th April 2022
Print length: 306 pages
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