Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

Nocturnal cover

My son and I were discussing books the other day, and he asked me, “Would you recommend a book in a blog that you didn’t completely love?”  I thought for a minute and said, “No”.  He asked why not, and I replied, “What if someone noticed the blog who didn’t love books?  What if they just wanted to try reading a book for the first time in a long while?  I couldn’t recommend a book that I thought maybe they would like or maybe not.  I have to feel strongly about the book. I want people to love books as much as I do.”

Nocturnal, by Scott Sigler, is a detective novel that involves the supernatural.  So if you love both genres as I do, this is a glorious combination.  The characters are so well-developed that several reviewers described this novel as Sigler’s attempt to write like Stephen King.  I don't know if that is true, but I just think that Sigler has always been known as a fast-paced horror writer. In Nocturnal he adds more character and depth to the plot. 

The book grabbed me from the first, when it features a priest who is desperately trying to get into a church, insisting that someone is trying to kill him.  He is turned away from the church due to something horrible that he had done in the past. The next day the police find his body in an alley.

Bryan, the cop investigating the case, begins to dream of the killer’s murders as they are happening.  His wise-cracking partner, officer Pookie Chang, is very out of shape but has a sharp tongue and a wicked wit.  Bryan’s ex-girlfriend Robin and her lab, Emma, help them investigate the murders until Captain Amy Chou, the chief of police, fires them both because they are getting too close to a secret she has been keeping for over twenty years.

The plot  takes you on a roller-coaster ride that includes night hunters who live under San Francisco in the abandoned tunnels, a seventy-year old protector of the city named “Savior," and his grandson Adam who looks and acts like an angry punk rocker, but drives like a little old lady.

Scott Sigler, you should be very proud of yourself.  This book kept me up late at night!