Scott Sigler reinvented the alien-invasion story in his bestselling novels Infected and Contagious… rebooted the biotech thriller in Ancestor…now, in his most ambitious, sweeping novel to date, he works his magic on the paranormal thriller, taking us inside a terrifying underworld of subterranean predators that only his twisted mind could invent.
Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind.
How else to explain the dreams he keeps having—dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him—not disgust, not horror, but excitement?
As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence “Pookie” Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem. For the victims are all enemies of a seemingly ordinary young boy—a boy who is gripped by the same dreams that haunt Bryan. Meanwhile, a shadowy vigilante, seemingly armed with superhuman powers, is out there killing the killers. And Bryan and Pookie’s superiors—from the mayor on down—seem strangely eager to keep the detectives from discovering the truth.
Doubting his own sanity and stripped of his badge, Bryan begins to suspect that he’s stumbled into the crosshairs of a shadow war that has gripped his city for more than a century—a war waged by a race of killers living in San Francisco’s unknown, underground ruins, emerging at night to feed on those who will not be missed.
And as Bryan learns the truth about his own intimate connections to the killings, he discovers that those who matter most to him are in mortal danger…and that he may be the only man gifted—or cursed—with the power to do battle with the nocturnals.
Featuring a dazzlingly plotted mystery and a terrifying descent into a nightmarish underworld—along with some of the most incredible action scenes ever put to paper, and an explosive, gut-wrenching conclusion you won’t soon forget—Nocturnal is the most spectacular outing to date from one of the genre’s brightest stars.
Read for Review
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 3.75
First thought when finished: What a unique thrill ride and I am still processing parts of it!
What I Thought of the Case: Nocturnal was a wicked thrill ride that still has me shaking my head! I was never sure where Scott Sigler was headed and that kept me on my toes. One of the best things about thrillers is when you feel like you’re in the middle of the action and Scott manages to do that in a brilliant fashion. There were moments where I was jumping in my seat and not being able to turn the pages fast enough. The thing is that even though this has “supernatural” elements, it read exactly like a cop story should. The case was methodical, thrilling, and executed as the cops walked through all the evidence, suspects, and red tape. I think that was the most brilliant aspect of all!
What I Thought of the Characters: Bryan and Pookie are a good cop duo. Their interactions read very real while dealing with some very horrendous murders. I wasn’t quite connected with them till the very end. That being said, they were good strong characters with solid stories. Their personalities played a major role in the case and worked well with the story overall!
Final Thought: I recommend Nocturnal and I will be hunting out more of Scott Sigler’s books!