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Night Shift

(Night Shift #1)

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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  37 reviews
At Willard's department store, none of the night security guards survive for long, and eighteen-year-old Daniel Gale is about to discover why.

Tired of living out of his backpack, he ignores the clerk's gossip about the old building being haunted and accepts the latest vacated position of night guard. On his first shift Daniel narrowly escapes a fatal fall down an elevator
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by B.R. Myers (first published October 4th 2013)
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Melissa Souza
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of the book in return for an honest review.

3 stars!!!

When I started this book, I thought the premise was pretty interesting. However, once I progressed through the story, I found that some parts captured my attention while others were severely lacking or dry. The initial plot for the book revolves around our MC Daniel who has dropped out of high school after the loss of his parents. He undertakes the job of a night guard at the gl
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Old Cookie
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Besides for being a mystery, Bethany Myers ends (almost) every chapter with a cliff hanger that requires the reader to have tremendous self control to not turn the page.
Additionally, the transitions are incredible, the story is not too wordy, and does not reveal too much information all at once. By the end of the book, the reader was STILL discovering more about the main character despite the fact that the reader feels a tremendous connection to him from page one.
The emotions felt by the chara
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Asiya
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was sadly such a hit and miss. There were so many lovely elements but at the end of the day, the story fell short.

What Was Great:
1. Magical realism FTW
The book gave a very The Night Circus vibe with its writing and the fact that it was set in a store that had that Something Will Happen tone.
2. Lush fancy setting
The book boasted the beauty of the store it was set in and I LOVED the description of the beauty and the whimsy in the store. It's tough to write a book and easily slip that in
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Emily Follett-campbell
In a landscape dominated by clichéd sex stories, real romance is refreshing. Steeped in nostalgia, Night Shift is romantic in an old Hollywood way. For me, one of the things that makes a children’s or young adult novel great is an imaginary world I want to live in, and I want to live at Willard’s, the department store the book is set in. Night Shift is as much a suspenseful mystery as it is a romance; so it’s hard to say what happens in the book without giving too much away, but it’s worth readi ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in a mysterious department store, Night Shift is a brilliant little novel with amazing characters, characters who seem just like real people.
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley for review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Daniel is drawn to Willard's Departmnt Store and takes a job there as a night guard, despite the rumours of ghosts and colleagues betting on how soon he'll quit. What Daniel discovers is far more interesting than any silly ghost story and might just provide the answers to some family mysteries.

I was really in the mood for some creepy, atmospheric horror - or at least paranormal - when I requested Nigh
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Christina McMullen
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story for one main reason: I'm a HUGE fan of the still standing, anachronistic department stores that we are seeing less and less of each year. I watched as my small downtown district slowly shuttered all but one from my youth through adulthood and I made the pilgrimage into NYC as often as I could in my early adult days just to keep that magic alive. This story captures that beautifully. Willard's is written with such loving detail that I could convince myself I've actually ...more
Kayla Reed
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received this e-ARC from Netgalley and Backlit PR in exchange for my honest review.

Based on the synopsis I thought I was going to see something really scary and dangerous but I was a little disappointed. This story had a weird concept which was different in a good way but it was sadly very predictable in various spots throughout the book and the concept, in my opinion, could have been handled a lot better.

I have my full review currently posted on my blog >>> http://poeticbutterflyrev
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Ann-Marie
Review coming next week. I am putting together several for my new book blog. Short versions will be on GR, longer ones there.
Monica
This book is about a teenage boy who takes a job as a night security guard in an old school department store in Manhattan. He heard it's haunted and starts seeing strange things. There's history to the building and mystery surrounding the people he meets there. When I was younger I used to imagine being locked into a mall or department store for the night and how fun that would be! This book kind of has that feel to it and I love the description of this department store Willards. I would love to ...more
Deviki
Title of the book prompted me to pick this book (or ebook) solely because I work night shift myself. I thought it would be a good connection. And then I read the synopsis and I was blow away. I always had the active imagination, always wondered what it would be like to wander around the mall all alone at night having the freedom to do anything you want.
This book started of good and gradually it hiked up my curiosity. I was reading it fast. My only regret is that I don’t have enough time to just
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Hafsah
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an amazing book with a very different story plot which was filled with mystery and and the thrill while reading it and the cliff hangers of each chapters made it more interesting and it creates a very good visualization while reading it.

You can't stop reading it once you start
I loved it.
Emmy Nadeau
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't stop reading!
Kelly Tsirlis
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing! Can't wait for the next one!!
You should deffinitely read it.
~ Brynn  Dangl ~
I read this book years ago but I think it deserves to be recognized

:)
Angela
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old world Hollywood romance meets mystery. Wonderful read , it is one those stories you must read.
Marie
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, paranormal
Disclaimer: I was fortunate to win a copy of 'Nightshift' in a Goodreads giveaway. However, any opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. There may be potential spoilers.

At 18 Daniel Gale is on his own and traveling the country looking for a toy store from his childhood. His search leads him to Willard's a classy (and haunted) department store where he gets a job as the Night Guard. Soon he meets Mary, a girl from the night crew who does inventory and the other quirky members of he
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Susan Angela Wallace
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Night shift by B R Myers.
At Willard's department store, none of the night security guards survive for long, and eighteen-year-old Daniel Gale is about to discover why.
Tired of living out of his backpack, he ignores the clerk's gossip about the old building being haunted and accepts the latest vacated position of night guard. On his first shift Daniel narrowly escapes a fatal fall down an elevator shaft and is rescued by Mary—a bossy and intriguing girl far too beautiful for after hours inventory
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Mahra
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

5/5 because this book is making me love the mystery genre!!! and so much more!!

1. 4/5 the writing is perfect, it pulls you into the story instantly, reminded me of talented fanfiction writers.

2. the pacing and the story flow is completely breathtaking + page-turning!

3. I loved how Daniel's POV and that he doubted himself when he was like 'im in love with a mannequin" he wasn't all acceptable of the truth.

4. I kind wished everyone would find their purpose just like Blanche and Gigi but that's ok
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Hailey
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I definitely enjoyed this book. Is it strange? Perhaps a little lacking? Yes. But it's also charming, thought-provoking, and maybe even a little bit wish-fulfilling. The characters are such a fun bunch, and with every new mystery that is revealed, you can't help but become a little more interested. I'm hoping some of my concerns and confusion will be remedied in another book, but until I can be sure about that, I have to admit that some open-ended questions and curious elements have left me feel ...more
Dana
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
After the death of his father, Daniel chose not to finish high school, but rather to travel around trying to find a department store that he once visited with his mother. When he takes a job as the night security guard at Willard's department store, he is asked if he believes in ghosts. It seems that most night guards don't last long there. Daniel, however is different and he makes friends with the other people who also work nights at Willard's. He soon learns that things are not as they seem an ...more
Hayley Long
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of the book in return for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the fact this story line was so original, unique and well written.
I found myself crying towards the end with Blanche's dream comes true.

I will probably never be able to walk into a department store ever again, without wondering and smiling just in case.

I am really excited to read the next book.

Thank you B.R Myers for writing such an enjoyable book.
MaryKaye
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed each character in this book and the story also. Usually when you have ghosts they are malignant and evil. These were enjoyable characters and you really felt what they felt. You wanted the best for each of them. I was hoping the ending would be a little different than it was, but it did not detract from the value of the story.
Vishaka Rajan
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I honestly loved this novel! It was such a fun and enjoyable read that it kept me engrossed throughout the journey! I was expecting a ghost story, something a bit more sinister. This novel was actually nothing like what I expected and that was the biggest surprise to me! There was this whole Hollywood-glam vibe associated with this story, with the traditional Willard's department store and the references to Hollywood classics. The world building was something I really enjoyed reading about it, a ...more
Tasya Dita
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

Daniel Gale has been travelling after the death of his parents, until he found his way to Willard's department store. There, he got a job as security guard in the night shift. The thing is, Willard's night shift is notorious for its ghost stories. Are the ghost real or is it something even more sinister lurking there?

I love Night at the Museums movie and Grady Hendrix book Horrorstör, so when I saw this book
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Monica
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as described

The blurb made me believe I was in for a ghost story. It isn't, it's about mannequins coming to life. Skip it if you're looking for a good ghost story.
Anie
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic
I was in constant suspense from page one. It definitely wasn't predictable. I was constantly surprised by the turns of the events. And the ending.... it was PERFECT.

It is a story of Daniel Gale , who decided to leave school and travel the world, looking for a lost memory. With parents both gone, he is a bit lost, looking for a home. Last place on his list is Willard's store in New York where he takes job as a Night Guard. On his job interview, the boss asks him if he believes in ghost, and he sa
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Pop Bop
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
"One Touch of Venus"

POSSIBLE MILD SPOILER. The blurbs and descriptions for this book may be somewhat misleading. This is neither violent, nor scary, nor in any fashion a traditional ghost story. What this book is is a remarkably well written, cleverly well crafted, engagingly romantic, and eerily suspenseful variation on the best Twilight Zone episode ever.

Our young drifter hero Daniel is the new, sole night security guard at Willard's Department Store, which is well known to be haunted and load
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Fran
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars for this strange tale. Part ghost story, part magic, a lot about the power of love. Hard to label this...except to say it was an entertaining read.
Maribel Cruz
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. After loosing both his parents Daniel decides to start traveling, and to find his purpose in life. He applies for a night shift as a security guy at Willard's ( it's just what you need ;-) ). Other securities don't seem to last a night, and Daniels is about to find out why. If the author comes out with a sequel to this book I would jump to it. I highly recommend this book to any one who is looking for a fast pace and fun read.
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Always in the mood for a good scare, B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Lois Duncan, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. Her YA contemporary coming of age novel, GIRL ON THE RUN, was chosen by the Canadian Children's Book Centre as a BEST BOOK for TEENS for 2016.

When she's not putting her characters in awkward situations, she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Wri
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