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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Midnight Lullaby: A Diggs and Solomon Thriller is a hard boiled supernatural mystery by author Jen Blood. The prequel to the Erin Solomon mystery Pentalogy, this novel sees our heroine Erin as a protégé investigator, when she first meets Daniel “Diggs” Diggins. Diggs becomes embroiled in a sinister plot when a ritualistic murder takes place in Maine, and the affair turns ever more personal as the killer determines their next target. So begins a spiralling narrative with dark and somewhat occult themes, where Diggs and Solomon get to know one other amid the horror of murder, corruption, and a whole lot of crime.
Jen Blood is relentless in her writing, providing the reader with gut wrenching criminal intrigue, horror-esque atmosphere, and fascinating character development. For someone who has yet to read Pentalogy, meeting Erin Solomon for the first time was an excellent experience. I enjoyed her intellect immensely and found her to be a proud, action-oriented heroine rather than the passive female sidekick one so often sees in this genre. Diggs too was a deep and well developed character, earning the reader’s backing as he attempts to relaunch his reporting career with disastrous results. The plot was well-paced and well thought out, with some truly disturbing moments that hit home and made the action seem all the more tense. Overall, I would highly recommend Midnight Lullaby to readers searching for a new dark mystery series, but if you’re anything like me, you’d better prepare yourself to start reading the whole lot.