Thank you to Netgalley, Jonathan Moore and the publisher for my ARC of The Night Market.
This is the first book I have read by Jonathan Moore but I have already added his other two novels to my tbr. The Night Market is a dark, dystopian fiction reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984 in its honest and realistic predictions for the future of our world.
The year is unknown, but the world is dark, drought followed by constant rain, people stealing copper for its value, leaving whole neighbourhoods in darkness. Murder, prostitution and theft are rife as people obsess over the latest brands and fads. Everything is electronic, from the junk mail you get in your mailbox, to the way you pay, order or view things. Inspectors Carver and Jenner are called out to a suspected homicide on one of this dark and drizzly evenings, when they arrive, they find the strangest thing they could never have imagined, a dead man, covered in a substance which is literally eating his skin. But before they can investigate further, the FBI arrive and rush them away to a decontamination van. The next thing Carver knows, he is waking up in his own bed with his neighbour Mia by his side reading to him. He has no memory of what happened to him the past few days, all he knows is what Mia tells him, but can he trust her?
This novel was hugely engrossing, it really gets the reader thinking about how near-future this kind of thing actually is. We’re already obsessed with our gadgets, the internet, buying the latest things. Who’s to say that Jonathan Moore’s San Francisco isn’t around the corner for all of us?
Full of suspense from start to finish, and with an excellent twist, I really couldn’t get enough of The Night Market and can’t wait to read more from Jonathan!