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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,092 ratings  ·  246 reviews
From an author who consistently gives us “suspense that never stops” (James Patterson), a near-future thriller that makes your most paranoid fantasies seem like child’s play.

It’s late Thursday night, and Inspector Ross Carver is at a crime scene in one of the city’s last luxury homes. The dead man on the floor is covered by an unknown substance that’s eating through his sk
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Ann Didonato Really loved it - finished it last night and loved the plot twist!
Really loved it - finished it last night and loved the plot twist!

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Chelsea Humphrey
One of the most awesome aspects of Jonathan Moore's most recent books is how they are all stand alone novels set in a central world; each book falls under a different genre (psychological thriller, police procedural, dystopian thriller) and are set in different time periods. This being the third (dystopian thriller), I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It did have some similar vibes to The Dark Room; there was a bit of romance mixed in with some darker, suspenseful themes, but replace procedural ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
”He didn’t know what was going on with him. He felt so hollowed out, he could almost hear the rush of the emptiness inside him. It was the blank sound at the mouth of an elevator shaft.

He had no idea what would fill that hole, no sense of what he was looking for.”

”I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in the fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was one empty night
I was cold as a stone
But I still haven't foun
This is a gloriously thrilling multi-genre dark, dystopian Crime Noir, the last in this trilogy. Moore has written an unforgettable tale set in a future San Francisco dominated by mobile phones, advertisements and glowcards, where people are caught up in a never ending cycle of purchasing the latest must have product, currently Black Aria perfume. They will even destroy themselves in their attempts to acquire these must have goods. Inspector Ross Carver is no different, this is how it is, until ...more
The Night Market by Jonathan Moore is a sci-fi/dystopian genre with a little mix of romance. I definitely wouldn't consider this to be a thriller. With that being said, this book is not for everyone and I unfortunately am included in that everyone.

Detective Ross Carver and his partner Jenner get a call late Thursday night about a homicide. Jenner and Carver show up to the scene and a man is dead on the floor with an unknown substance that has eaten him alive. All of a sudden, a bunch of men sho
EXCELLENT! Coming: January 17, 2018. DON'T MISS IT!

"Do you ever think there's maybe something that's gone wrong in the world."

THE NIGHT MARKET brings to the reader a futuristic Super-Freaky-Creepy....and Scary existence....Mysterious characters....and Frightening situations all rolled into one remarkable....and suspenseful conspiracy thriller.

So....welcome to a dark and dangerous new world. SFPD Inspector's Carver and Jenner work homicide. They see some terrifying and gruesome crime scenes,

Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free advance copy from the publisher for review.

Here’s a New Year’s resolution you will actually enjoy. Pick up a copy of this in January of 2018 when it releases and read it as quickly as possible. I promise you that it’ll be a lot more fun than a diet.

In the near future San Francisco is a city where most neighborhoods are so desperately poor that people scavenge wiring and bricks from crumbling buildings to sell for a little cash yet the upscale retail area can wrap a swanky hotel
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Detective Ross Carver and his partner are on duty on what seems to be any other Thursday night when the get the call that there has been a homicide. Arriving at the scene in a luxurious home things don't seem to be quite right that night but Ross and his partner go about securing the scene. Just as they've about cleared the home and gone in to inspect the body a group of men enter the premises dressed in hazard gear and yank Ross and his partner out into a decontamination trailer.

On Sunday Ross
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Jan)
A futuristic thriller with a twisted scheme to sabotage society in a way to benefit a few!

San Francisco is home to detective Ross Carver and the horror/crime scene he discovers in a luxury apartment. A dead body and a suspicious substance covering it. Something is terribly wrong and Ross finds himself thrust into a decontamination process.

Ross wakes up in bed and discovers he has been unconscious and has no memory of the past two days! His neighbor, Mia is by his side and is playing nurse. Just
Liz Barnsley
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. The last book in the loosely connected Noir San Francisco trilogy and probably my favourite of the three, The Night Market is creepy and intense, set years after the events of the previous books and throwing us into a world that is the same but also quite quite different.

Beautifully descriptive both in character and setting the San Francisco we find in “The Night Market” has a tangibly different feel to it than before. Carver lives here, is part of the law here and so through him we c
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Moore has created a near-future San Francisco that I want no part of. The outlying areas of the city are bleak. Abandoned neighborhoods and dilapidated buildings exist in the dark. Streetlights don’t work; everything of value, including the wiring inside the streetlights, has been stolen. It’s a dangerous place to be. It’s safer within the lighted areas of the city, but there is still something wrong with the world there, too. Smash-and-grab crime is rampant. Mail consists of glowcards ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Not having read The Poison Artist or The Dark Room, I was new to the dark and disturbing San Francisco Moore has created in this loosely related series. Here, a futuristic city is revealed one tech piece at a time, each seamlessly integrated into the lives of the characters and balanced cleverly on the line of believability so that it's hard to determine just how far forward we're supposed to be. It is immediately, creepily plausible, keeping your mind absorbed in the 'what ifs' from the first p ...more
Hannah Greendale
DNF at page 64.

There’s no mystery or suspense in following a protagonist’s efforts to remember what happened to them if the reader was witness to the forgotten event, which transpired in chapter two. Snoozy, procedural, anticlimactic. Pass.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, sci-fi
Decided to keep this at 4 stars after letting sitting on this review for awhile.

The publisher did a great job with piquing my interest and while I can't say that this was 'A mind-bending, masterfully plotted thriller', it certainly was unique and did keep me guessing. (or maybe confused is a better word)

I'm going to start with what I didn't care for:
-This takes place in the 'near-future'. No time frame is ever mentioned, and the futuristic references aren't always obvious, so it took me a while
This psychological thriller was great entertainment for me. The tale effectively mashes a police procedural with a science fiction dystopia, the latter of which emerges slowly on the reader’s consciousness.

For the most part we are in the zone where the detective hero seeks to solve a set of vicious murders that appear gang-related. But we get a taste of some kind of larger conspiracy at the beginning along with our protagonist. San Francisco police detective Carver and his partner Jenner come a
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

I don't even know what just happened...Seriously, what did I just read?

So Is that part of a series or not? Sort of??? Maybe???? Apparently....


The beginning of this book was off the hook. And since I said "hook", I think it is safe to say that the opening pages had me hooked. It is late on a Thursday night and Inspector Ross Carver and his partner, Jenner, have been called to a crime scene. There is a dead man on the floor. He is covered in an unrecognizable substance which appears
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
"'Jesus," Jenner said. "What is it?'
'Flies. On the glass. Thousands of flies.'"

This book reminds me of an article I read a month ago about how smartphones are literally changing the way people's brains work, ruining our concentration, executive function, and memory as well as destroying our relationships with the people we spend physical time with (I wish I could find the exact article so I could quote the passage where it says that hey, maybe children should just get used to being ignored by pa
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Moore’s sci-fi /detective mutt of a book, The Night Market, takes place in a future of extreme and unbridled retail. The uncontrollable urge to snatch any item close at hand, the incessant compulsion to seize stuff, regardless if you need it or not runs rampant throughout the San Francisco populace. Though, in hindsight, I did not need to read Moore’s book to experience this, I went to Costco last Saturday morning and experienced it first hand. And it was horrible, the angry herds thund ...more
Jul 18, 2017 added it
"Do you ever think there's maybe something that's gone wrong with the world?"

The setting is San Francisco, but in a possibly near future time, when Inspector Ross Carver and his partner Jenner come upon a sight so unusual -- well the dead body part is not out of the ordinary -- it's the fact that it looks like it is has been cooked and eaten that takes them by surprise. Moments later, the FBI storms their scene and whisks them off to be decontaminated. Carver wakes a few days later to find his n
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: partner-read
Thank you to HMH Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

I hadn't heard must about Jonathan Moore or his bother books before picking up THE NIGHT MARKET, but I will definitely have to go back and visit his previous work. This was a dark thriller meets sci-fi set in the not-so-distant future and it grabbed me right from the start.

Late one night, Inspector Ross Carver is investigating a crime scene of a single male victim in one of the last luxury homes in the area. The strang
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brilliant is the only word to define this book. It was extremely captivating and I'm positive that it'll be one of the best books you'll read in 2018!
Also a big thanks to NetGalley for giving me an ARC of it.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part crime, part dystopian sci fi, part literary crime, part romance this has everything. Out of the 2 thag I've read so far this was by far the strongest. The characters are new and the style of book is different, but the dark undertones are still all Moore. Really enjoyed this. My only flaw was that at times I felt the plotting was a bit disjointed. Things were mentioned and then not brought up again many pages later. Will read the 2nd book even though Ive read this to complete this weirdly co ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved it! I must admit I had no idea what to expect when I started this book but it sucked me in from the first page. It wasn't long before I was thinking - what the actual fuck is going on here?

The Night Market is a delicious, somewhat dystopian look at the near future, it's a vision of how things could be and it's not pretty. But the writing and plot had me transported. It's Gotham City, Sin City with Bruce Willis or Mickey Rourke playing the lead cop, inspector Ross Carver. Th
Donna Hines
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The darkness , despair, fear, lurks around every corner daring you to enter into its realm of no return.
This is an interesting psych thriller that involves homicide inspector Ross Carver and his partner Jenner who go to investigate a home that is actually a lab with death closer than they think.
The feel you get reading this is of the mad scientist conducting brain transfers but in this case it's a few wider steps involving mass innoculations , drug injections, major memory loss, and reading of t
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I thought was an absolutely ridiculous premise for a book turned into one of the most memorable endings I have ever read. Just goes to show, you should read the entire book before judging it. This is a polished piece of sci-fi noir.

lucky little cat
Witty post-apocalyptic satire on gotta-have-it consumerism and the unseen forces that exploit our desires.
Kind of an up-to-the-minute rewriting of 1984, with a more wistfully idealistic hero and much less sociological or political analysis. The book instead works as a police procedural. It's the culmination of a trilogy set in San Francisco, but also works for readers new to the series, as I am.
Melissa ☽ Midnight
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
The Night Market by Jonathan Moore is a futuristic dystopian thriller with just the right amount of romance added into the mix for those who like a little bit of spark in their books! It kept me turning pages, eager to know what happens next as the plot barrelled on.

I didn't realise this book was the third part of a series of standalones with each book set in the same world yet following different storylines. This in no way affected my reading experience, everything was introduced exceedingly we
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
My first Jonathan Moore book! A dystopian sci-fi "thriller" set in a unique world. Quite an intriguing read.

A bit mobster feel, tied in with sci-fi themes with memory loss and a weird gray moss that turns people into pulp. WHAT?! After being around this element, Carver and his partner Jenner, wake up days later with no memory of the event and things just don't make sense.

I felt there were a ton of elements to this story - thriller, mobster, sci-fi and romance. At times it felt all over the plac
Tellulah Darling
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Night Market is certainly a thrill ride. It’s a great set up with this bizarre crime and then Carver having to not only solve it, but piece together his missing memories at the same time. Carver is your classic hard-boiled detective, swimming through layers of betrayal and corruption while trying to get the skinny on the femme fatale character of Mia.

Tons of twists and turns. The world reminded me of Blade Runner San Francisco-style, which was a plus in my books. And I loved the thematic com
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I confess this is my first Jonathan Moore book but it won't be my last! Set in the near future, homicide detectives, Carver and Jenner are called to a suspicious scene where they encounter what can only be called an X-files sort of situation that leaves them both with no memories of what happened. When Carver awakens in his own bed, he finds his lovely neighbor, Mia reading aloud to him and she has been caring for him for two days. Intrigued, he tries to discover more about her while struggling ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-read, hmh
Holy cow! That was incredible. I read half of this last night during a bout of insomnia and I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Brilliantly written and plotted, Moore is a master at suspense.

*Disclosure: I work for HMH, but I do not review HMH titles unless I feel extremely strongly about them as a reader. They have to be something special if I'm going to review them. This is one of those very special ones.
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Jonathan Moore is an Edgar Award and Hammett Prize nominated author of six novels.

His third novel, THE POISON ARTIST, was a selection of the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. His novel THE NIGHT MARKET was optioned as a feature film by Amazon Studios and Mandeville Films, and his books have been translated into 12 languages.

Before graduating from law school in New Orleans, he lived in Taiwan for three years

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