It Ends at Midnight – by Harriet Tyce

It Ends at Midnight is a tension filled suspense drama set at the end of the year. Two people end up dead at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The book tells the story leading up to their deaths as well as a mystery from the past, when the two main characters, Sylvie and Tess, are in high school. While the main story plays out, we get glimpses of the past through Sylvie’s memories and conversations.

Sylvie is having a long run of misfortune. And “misfortune” is probably putting it mildly. She’s in it deep, but all she really wants to do is make Tess happy. Until she doesn’t. I never really clicked with Sylvie’s character completely, which made the story a bit difficult to get fully lost in. Instead, I felt detached and not really caring about what happened to these people. They were very well developed. I was just missing the little endearing quality that made me want to care.

The story line was good. It was well paced. It never seemed to drag or get confusing and all jumbled up. There were a few red herrings here and there. But I suspected the big reveal early on.

In conclusion, I really wasn’t wowed by It Ends at Midnight, but it was still a good book. I enjoyed it and am glad I took the time to read it. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the electronic copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Which most definitely is my own and nobody else’s.

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