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Nightmare (Jack Nightingale #3)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,039 ratings  ·  96 reviews
The third book in the Jack Nightingale supernatural thriller series.

What goes around, comes around. Jack Nightingale learned that as a cop and discovered that it was just as true in the world of the supernatural. His life changed forever on the day he failed to stop a young girl throwing herself to her death. Ever since, he's been haunted by thoughts that he could have don
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 19th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2012)
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Jack Nightingale is single, 33 years old and haunted by memories of the death of Sophie Underwood, a nine year old girl he watched throw herself from a balcony two years before. He is an ex cop who now works as a private detective but people close to him seem to have a nasty habit of either killing themselves or being killed.

Superintendent Ronald Chalmers used to work with Jack and seems to want to have him in the frame for any and all crimes imaginable including the shooting of a Brixton gangst
This might actually be the best of the three, which is a relief. The repetition that so annoyed me in the other books was still present, but significantly lessened. Yes, the ending still felt like it was thrust along by deus ex machina plotting, but the resolution was somewhat satisfying, so I forgive it that. Actually, I'm not sure if the ending irritates me, or makes perfect sense. Somehow both, maybe. It sort of feels like I shouldn't have bothered with the second book and just gone from the ...more
I really enjoy this series! Those are the perfect books for times in which you just want to read pur entertainment! The books are thrilling and very funny, just great when you dont want to deal with difficult stuff :) ...more
Julia Macdonald
Fantastic new book due out on 19th January, Stephen gave me the chance to read it for review. At that time I hadn't read the others in the Jack Nightingale series - so I can honestly say it's a great stand alone novel. What a fabulous and fast read! The way it's written it just flows so well I couldn't put it down! Read in an afternoon and evening. Not a genre I normally would have gone for - but it is easy to read, cleverly written and it will draw you into the storyline to identify with the ma ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Cait rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cait by: colleague at work
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It's not often that the third in a trilogy turns out to be the best, but that is the case with this "Jack Nightingale" series.

The tragedy is that after reading the second book "Midnight" I very nearly didn't even bother with this one, as that was such a disappointment, seeming like a rush job, that added very little, if anything to the on going story. However, this one is so much better, not only does the story progress, it does so rapidly, and even logically with none of the lapses, filler and
This seemed to me the first full novel in the series that Leather had not just a firm grasp on the reins of the story as a whole, but also on the tone, pacing and delivery. The first two books were well done, but I found myself sometimes wondering at character's odd steps out of their norm.

Also, readers are treated to a much more in-depth look at Satanism and the power of the spiritual in general (in Leather's created world). As is often stated by several characters, the spiritual powers that b
After being slightly diappointed by the second in the series, which seemed too much of a repetition of the first in the series, I really enjoyed this one, and was all ready to give it a 5-star rating, but towards the end (the last few chapters in fact) something made me reconsider. Although this is a 'surreal' storyline to start with, something at the end went too far in my opinion an I dropped it down to a four and a half-read. Still highly enjoyable, though, with a good closure to a good serie ...more
A book about active Satanists. What bothers, and REALLY bothers me, is: if you are plagued by spells and stuff from Satanists, why do the "hero" turn to the dark side for answers? If he believes in the dark side, he must acknowledge the "light". TURN TO THE LIGHT YOU BLOODY IDIOT!!
Mick Mulley
I love Leather's style of writing. Couldn't put the book down. Have read all of the three books in the series - brilliant!!
I found out I love this book more than I expected. I haven't read the 2 earlier books though.
You are able to understand the story even if you haven't read the prequel books.

I decreased 1 star because the 3/4 of a books was a bit rush. You cannot put much reasons at the end because
there were Supernatural kind of thing related to.

It actually was surprising me that the writer used his Supernatural style in the climax to end the book.
I was expecting something like police stuff and logical in the end
Christine bonner
This is the 3rd book about Jack Nightingale and it has you hooked from the first page to the end
Jack has had a bad few months since his birth father killed himself and left the Gosling Manor to him.
Superintendent Ronald Chalmers is still after him and it starts when he taken by hands cuffs to the police station after there think he has killed someone who was into drugs and selling guns
People that are in comas start saying his name and he has never met them, plus there all say help me Jack
It all
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Jack Nightingale, a private detective haunted by events that happened two years ago when he was still a policeman. As a police negotiator he was called out to try and stop a nine year old from jumping off a balcony. She was being abused by her father and her mother knew but did nothing to stop it. She jumped and now two years later he thinks she is trying to contact him from the beyond....

This is the third Jack Nightingale story, and it follows on from the first two. I think
Pages and Tea

In the Third Jack Nightingale supernatural thriller, Jack is in trouble again. The comatose victim of a shooting keeps saying Jack Nightingale, and the police are convinced this is a deathbed identification of the shooter. It becomes more serious when the man dies, and they suspect Jack is a murderer.
Nightingale, however, believes that it is the voice of Sophie Underwood, the girl whom jumped from a building and killed herself on Nightingale’s last case.
He becomes convinced she needs help, and s
Nightmare is best read while eating a banana choc-chip muffin and whatever alcohol you can find in your liquor cupboard. Luckily work has a healthy supply of banana choc-chip muffins. And the lack of alcohol at work means I can remember how this book ended, and thank god for that!. I so didn't see the ending, and I loved how it was written in little tiny chapters, which made it so suspenseful!

I admit I am a fan of most (okay, all) of Leather's works, although I was dubious about the Jack Nighti
Wow - talk about head games! This book, the final in a thriller trilogy with more than a touch of the occult - brings everything full circle (with than a few surprises along the way). The series begins with Nightfall, when former cop turned private investigator Jack Nightingale learns his birth father - who put him up for adoption immediately after his birth - apparently sold his soul to the devil. The takeover, it seems, is scheduled to take place on Jack's 33rd birthday - just a few weeks away ...more
Liz Barnsley
So, there I was, a while ago, wandering aimlessly round my local bookshop, bereft, having just finished the last (at the time) Felix Castor novel from Mike Carey. I wanted something at least vaguely similar and I had no idea where to start, hence the aimless wandering. Then I spotted that Stephen Leather, author of the terrific Spider Shepherd series, had a new book out. This book was "Nightfall". Now how's that for a fortunate stroke of serendipity. I got to meet Jack Nightingale and instantly ...more
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I have read the Spider books by Stephen Leather and absolutely love them. When I saw this book that is the third in a series of books featuring Jack Nightingale I figured I may well like them too. What I didn't account for was the supernatural element to these books which I am not particularly a fan of.

Having not read the previous two books, I wondered whether this would make a difference and for the majority it didn't. Having said that I think it probably would have helped knowing what the char
Ed Yoo
Slow,exciting, but still Constantine

The first three books of this series take place in a matter of weeks, and then this book ends with some thinly disguised views on theology and religion and a reset. I'm going to keep reading these because by they're fun, but I really wish the author wasn't so flippant with his timelines. It's very jarring to go from a very slow paced narrative to a third act that goes way faster than the other two installments combined.
Colin Murtagh
This is much better, a real return to form. After the disappointment of the second book, this answers everything I was looking for. The book moves at a fair clip, and more importantly it moves the overall story forward a lot more. The relationship with Jack and Jenny is getting more interesting, although to be fair there are times that her closed mind is slightly irritating. This would have been a 5 star if not for the ending, which to me feels like a bit of a cheat.
Back to three stars. The weird social commentary was gone and the plot actually got a bit different.

But it was all a bit nonsensical, and again I didn't have that same sense of building horror that I had in the first. The characters are all still a bit flat and I just don't love these books. Fast reads and this one has an entertainment factor.

I'll read the next two if they appear on Kindle Unlimited, but I won't pay to keep these.
Jeff Miller
Having just finished the 3rd book of the series is rapid succession I am fairly happy with how the series went. As thriller with a supernatural element they delivered and while the wise-cracking P.I. has been done to death it can still be done successfully as demonstrated here.

While the theology was often silly and the questions regarding God and the existence of evil rather shallow, the book delivered as a thriller that was really quite different. The wrap up with this book answers most the qu
Jason Sullivan
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Barbara Ward
I really enjoyed this 3rd book of the Jack Nightingale series

I ranked t h is book a four because it really self-interest. i have enjoyed the entire series. the characters are I'm m exist e lying people that I cared
about. the story line was. fast paced ant intriguing. Great read.
This is one of my favourite crime thriller/supernatural writers, Jack Nightingale is such a fantastic character!!!
Jack has gained his soul back, but demons still hunt him and now the voice of Sophie seems to follow him everywhere, the girl he could not save...but is it really Sophie wanting to contact him?
Not quite as gripping as the first two books in the series but still a good read. Jack continues to get better at dealing with the occult and paranormal while fighting the forces of hell, the police department and some great evil bastards!
Jennifer Bertram
Again. Couldn't put this book down. Was a good story from start to finish and I enjoyed the character development. I love jack as a character and learning how he thinks and reacts to very well thought out book.
This is the third, very enjoyable book in the Jack Nightingale series. You should read it.

Jack is the son of a notorious Satanist but don't let that put you off as it is an excellent premise for the shenanigans which follow. The action is a little more packed than its predecessors and the book is thus improved by it.

Yes, there are clichés, such as Jack "sharing" a bottle with a deceased friend at their graveside. Was it "Spider" Shepherd who did that?

On the other hand, lots of things which I ha
Being a big fan of stephen leather and especially the "Dan Shepard" series i was always going to read this series of books and overall thought they were o.k .This is the 3rd book in the series and is really the poorest out of the 3 with a very weak ending that did not really live up to the other two books.I enjoyed the main character "jack Nightingale" and found him to be a likeable character similer to "Dan Shephard" and thought that leather was really brave to try something like this as it com ...more
Jack is haunted by dreams of Sophie and his failure to save her. In desperation he offers his soul for the chance to go back in time to save her.
He learns more about Marcus and his relationship to Jenny.
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Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. For much of 2011 his self-published eBooks - including The Bestsell ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Jack Nightingale (6 books)
  • Nightfall (Jack Nightingale, #1)
  • Midnight (Jack Nightingale, #2)
  • Nightshade (Jack Nightingale, #4)
  • Lastnight
  • San Francisco Night (Jack Nightingale, #6)

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