IT ENDS AT MIDNIGHT | Harriet Tyce
02.21.2023 | Sourcebooks
Rating: 3/5 stars
It’s New Year’s Eve and the stage is set for a lavish party in one of Edinburgh’s best postcodes. It’s a moment for old friends to set the past to rights – and move on. The night sky is alive with fireworks and the champagne is flowing. But the celebration fails to materialize. Because someone at this party is going to die tonight. Midnight approaches and the countdown begins – but it seems one of the guests doesn’t want a resolution. They want revenge.
It Ends at Midnight is a complicated work of crime fiction featuring characters the reader isn’t sure if they like or hate. What drives this story forward is the underlying mystery of what happened at a New Year’s Eve party, which Tyce hits to by dropping in various antidotes and viewpoints regarding the crime throughout the main plot. I really loved this feature, as it kept me invested throughout.
The events leading up to this party surround Sylvie and her best friend Tess. There is so much toxicity and drama between this friendship that I couldn’t fathom why they would remain friends. Tyce does a solid job of diving into their connection and events that took place in their past, which lend themselves to answer that very question.
This is one of those books that I’m not sure if I loved the ending or not. Did I see it coming? Parts of it, but not everything and it’s the parts I didn’t predict that I’m on the fence about. Overall, I enjoyed the premise of this story and I thought it was an entertaining read, but I wanted just a bit more from the execution.
A huge thank you to Sourcebooks for my gifted copy!