Cults and Personal Demons
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist who is well known for her mystery novels, some of which the television series “Bones” are based upon. This novel is a stand-alone mystery involving a brand new character with the evocative name Sunday Night.
Sunnie is a deeply scarred person, warped by an upbringing in a cult, and by years serving in the military and as a police officer. She now lives a reclusive life on an island off the coast of the Carolinas.
A former colleague in the police force draws her reluctantly into a missing persons case involving a young girl apparently abducted from a crime scene in Chicago. The girl’s grandmother, a wealthy Southern belle, believes the girl may still be alive and hires Sunnie to investigate.
Because of the similarity between her own youth and that of the missing girl, Sunnie agrees. She brings her personal paranoia and distrust into the search, and eventually she draws her twin brother, August (Gus) into the investigation as well. Hence the title “Two Nights.”
This is a dark and troubled case with flashbacks to cult behavior and mistreatment of its victims. The investigation takes Sunnie and Gus from Chicago to Los Angeles to final scenes at the Kentucky Derby.
The reader is left wondering about Sunnie’s past and about the criminals until the very end. Though it is not mentioned in the Afterward, I can imagine these characters appearing in an on-going series in the future.
Kerry Pettis is a retired elementary school teacher and children’s librarian who has lived in Broomfield since 1975. Reading is her favorite occupation.