‘In Nightfall’ by Suzanne Young, A Suspicious Dark Town

Afraid of the dark? Well, the town of Nightfall is known for the constant dark. Two siblings are here for the summer, but the close town glamour is a bit odd.

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New York Times bestseller Suzanne Young has a new novel release that caters to the spooky and eerie. In Nightfall is for those who enjoy a clash between Lost Boys and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Nightfall is a quaint little town in Oregon known for its constant darkness and limited sunshine. The last thing you’d expect is to fear the girls of this town.

The Plot of In Nightfall 

Theodora ‘aka Theo’ and her brother Marco throw the biggest party of the year and get caught. Their punishment is to leave Arizona and go to a mysterious little town that has a population of over 800 souls. Their father grew up in this town, and after the divorce, he needed a change. Theo must endure this summer, her superstitious grandmother Nonna, and the rainy beachside. 

The people of this town seem friendly and are welcoming of new people at Nightfall. However, Theo and Marco’s grandmother is strangely antisocial. Upon their arrival, she only has one house rule: always be home before dark. But Theo and Marco are determined to make the most of their summer. On their first day, they already meet three amazing girls named Minnow, Annemarie, and Beatrice. There’s just something about them that’s alluring and fun to be around. They are charismatic, gorgeous, and have a magnetic pull that Theo and her brother can’t resist. They welcome them with open arms and insist they join the festivities that lurk in the Nightfall dark.

But Minnow and her friends are far from what they appear.

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My Thoughts After Reading In Nightfall

What stood out to me was the relationships between Theodora, Marco, and their father. After their parents got divorced, both siblings are still processing this form of loss in addition to their father’s lack of confidence. Going to Nightfall was the father’s opportunity to move on and heal. However, at the time, Theodora and Marco are so focused on themselves and their lives, they didn’t notice how much their father needed this.

In addition to the new summer setting, they got to meet Nonna who seems very cautious, blunt, and superstitious about her own town. Theodora and Marco’s first impression of Nightfall was how welcoming the townspeople were. Right away she and her brother had acquaintances who wanted to invite them to the beach. However, the stark contrast between Nonna’s strict rule to come home before dark and her obsession with doll charms made her abnormal.

The plot thickens in this dark town as even the sweetest impressions can lead to unanswered questions. For Theodora, there are three beautiful girls. Annemarie is the very bubbly hitchhiker they encounter on their way to Nightfall, Minnow is a dark-skinned beauty who seems to be the head girl, and Beatrice is aggressive and the crazy driver of the group. Upon meeting these three young women, Theodora meets Parrish, a very reserved guy who is mysterious yet has deep soulless eyes that tell a story.

This book centers around Theodora’s experience at Nightfall, which includes Marco distancing himself, her close bond with Parrish, and her seeing odd things at night. Unraveling the dark truths of the girls, Parrish, her family members, and Nightfall, she processes her love for her mother, her bond with Marco, and her new bonds with her father and Nonna.

Want Your Own Copy?

In Nightfall releases March 28, 2023. If you want to read more of Suzanne Young’s work try reading The Program Series, Girls with Sharp Sticks Series, and A Need So Beautiful duology. Preorder In Nightfall on Penguin Random House.

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