Official Review: White Night by J.J. Holt

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Official Review: White Night by J.J. Holt

Post by ViziVoir » 14 Apr 2018, 15:12

[Following is an official review of "White Night" by J.J. Holt.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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White Night by J.J. Holt follows Detective Jen Connors after she is reinstated to the NYPD following a devastating accident on her last case. With her career in jeopardy and her fitness for duty in question, she's less than thrilled about her new partner, an uncooperative transfer who is damaged in his own right. Their first case together involves solving a murder mystery with almost no viable initial leads, and Connors must ultimately stop a plot orchestrated by a mob member that could lead to many casualties.

Many crime thriller books fall into predictable patterns. White Night bucks this trend completely, with uncooperative witnesses, personal flaws that greatly hinder the protagonists, and a variety of unknown quantities that lend a great deal of suspense to the narrative. Holt doesn't shy away from throwing any variety of catastrophes at her characters, so even the result of the book's climactic operation seems like it could go either way. These elements never feel shoehorned in or disorganized, though, and the ending is still quite satisfying.

Another striking narrative element was the sheer amount of character in the book's world. Rather than focusing on only a few main characters to develop, Connors' enemies, co-workers, and even people she knows personally are incredibly distinct. This also leads the reader to sympathize, at least a little bit, with several of the antagonists. It's a bit hard to quantify, but every single character in this book, regardless of the impact of their role, feels like a real person.

White Night is very character-driven, and while it takes place in New York City, I felt that the story could be transposed to practically any urban setting with very little difference. This isn't necessarily a flaw, merely a stylistic choice that follows in the footsteps of most police procedurals. There is also no romance between Connors and Ross. I found this refreshing, as it would undermine Connors' struggle to become independent after her injury, but readers who demand romantic relationships in thriller books may not be satisfied with how their relationship develops.

Ultimately, its character-focused narrative is White Night's greatest strength. It is an incredibly engaging novel with starkly realistic motives and relationships, and every page is infused with a sense of urgency and tension. For these reasons, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I'd highly recommend it to both new and old fans of police procedurals, from literature to television cop dramas.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 Apr 2018, 04:04

I really enjoy books that I can relate to the characters, and it seems this one has a whole host that I can pick from. Thanks for the review!
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Post by emmy001 » 15 Apr 2018, 04:23

This book has good storyline because it encompasses day to day activities. The climax is also good and the suspense is captivating wanting you to want read more. All in all a big kudos to the author who has taken time to study the cop world. nice job .

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Post by stacie k » 15 Apr 2018, 08:01

Two damaged people struggling to get along bonded together as partners to stop crime and save lives? This has the potential to be a very entertaining thriller! It sounds like a worthy read. Thanks for sharing your insights!
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Post by Jhessalay829 » 15 Apr 2018, 12:04

Wow this is an interesting book. I really love the story.

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Post by So Nice » 15 Apr 2018, 12:55

Your review in itself is captivating and prompting. I'm definitely adding this one to my bookshelf. Good work!

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Apr 2018, 14:44

I'm glad all the characters feel real. I'm a bit afraid that there are too many of them. However, I do like what you've said about it. I'll have to look into it.
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Post by Kat Berg » 15 Apr 2018, 22:05

I echo what kandscreely said: Good that all the characters feel real, but too many can make it difficult to keep track of everyone and can make things confusing. It is refreshing when there is not a mandatory romantic engagement between main characters. Thanks for the review and glad you enjoyed the book.

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Post by 04Kens » 16 Apr 2018, 01:35

The book itself is amazing. It takes a truly amazing author to make the characters situations and personalities something they the readers can relate too.

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Post by cristinaro » 16 Apr 2018, 04:39

I am happy the book brings something new to the crime fiction genre. The realism of the plot coupled with the right dose of suspense are not so easy to achieve, but the author seems to have managed to skillfully weave them together. Detectives struggling with personal problems are implicitly relatable characters too. Thanks for an interesting review!
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Post by mtsnel006 » 16 Apr 2018, 06:55

That sounds like an interesting book you have read and reviewed there. I would definitely read the book as I am a fan of crime fiction.All the suspense packed in that book seemed to have left you on the edge of your seat many times...
Thanks for the amazing review.

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Post by Hpf » 16 Apr 2018, 10:01

The story was dramatic, nice book.

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Post by cpru68 » 16 Apr 2018, 19:47

From what you have written in your review, it appears that the author has come up with new ways to make a crime novel less predictable. I like that! So often, the two partners wind up together in some long ravishing love affair that detracts from the plot. I like that this one goes into the relationship aspect of things where not everything just falls so tidily into place. Throw in that tension, and I guess this would be a book that needs to go on my to-read shelf! Thanks for the great review.
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Post by crediblereading2 » 16 Apr 2018, 23:14

I love it when writers invest a lot in their characters whether they be protagonists or antagonists. It makes the story more interesting and real.

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Post by joshfee77 » 22 Apr 2018, 22:38

Sounds like an excellent police procedural, with plenty of twists and turns and great character development. I love a good crime thriller, so will have to add this to my Want to Read shelf. Thanks for your review!

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