Book Review: Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick

18669635Esther Diamond, a struggling actress in New York, seems destined to attract supernatural mayhem.

When bizarre magical disappearances disrupt shows around the city, Esther receives a mysterious warning not to go on with her off-Broadway show. Desperate to stay on stage rather than resort to waiting tables, Esther turns to her new BFF, Dr. Maximillian Zadok, a 350-year-old mage whose day job is protecting New York from Evil. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery without losing her job, Esther and Max team up with a conjuring cowboy, a banker with stage aspirations, and a flock of fearless drag queens. Also on the case is Detective Connor Lopez, a sexy cop who has a thing for Esther, but who fears that she and Max may be a bigger problem than the vanishing performers.

Since the show must go on—and the astronomical rent must be paid—Esther, Max, and their friends pursue Evil to its lair in their fearless determination to find the missing performers and restore harmony to the city that never sleeps. (Synopsis from back of book.)

Rating: 8/10

Here’s the thing. I’m attracted to wacky titles, and while this one doesn’t have a wacky title, the second book in this series sure does.  So when I saw that Doppelgangster was the second in a series, I knew I had to get the first one. (I have actually discovered multiple series this way.)

Disappearing Nightly is exactly what it appears to be, but better. It has the look and feel of the “guilty pleasure” read. Something you might admit to liking with your friends, but not necessarily the world. However, Disappearing Nightly takes it a step further, and becomes the “guilty pleasure” that you want to share with everyone. Most everyone, anyway.

We are promised from the description on the back some zany fun, and it certainly delivers on that promise. The narrator and protagonist, Esther Diamond, is forced to come to terms with the fact that magic is real when women begin to actually disappear during disappearing acts all around the city. Given the insanity of these circumstances, she handles this revelation rather well.

Esther is an entertaining narrator. Most of the time, she’s just as lost as the reader, and her often sarcastic and dry sense of humor made her an interesting POV to read from. Not to mention the rest of the cast of characters all have quirks and personalities that make us like them as soon as we meet them. This is particularly true for Max, a rather eccentric 350-year-old mage who is tasked with protecting NYC from these exact types of phenomenon.

Overall, Disappearing Nightly is a fun, quick read that will leave you wanting more adventures by the end. If you’re into books that lean a bit more toward the quirky side, I would highly recommend this one. There is lots of quirky fun to be had in the world of Esther Diamond.


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