Night For Day by Roselle Lim: Intriguing Dilemma

Exes Ward Dunbar and Camille Buhay thought they would never see each other again. They had broken up to pursue their dream jobs on opposite sides of the country—her to New York City, and him to Los Angeles. But years later, they unexpectedly reconnect in London, where they are interviewing for similar jobs. The spark they feel when they meet again is palpable—the attraction comes back like muscle memory, reminding them of what they had lost. When Ward and Camille discover they both got the job working opposing shifts, they vow to give their relationship another try.

Ward starts the day shift and finds the immortal clientele unusual and dazzling. When he clocks out at the end of the day, he finds the door locked and himself trapped in the building. After a horrific first night shift contending with restless spirits and ghosts, Camille is also unable to escape. In their respective prisons, they discover that they’re able to talk to each other a few minutes before dawn. This fleeting encounter incites longing for each other, but their promise to be together feels impossible. Because they are caught in the middle of a war of the gods—and their choices will determine the outcome.

In Night for Day, Roselle Lim creates an intriguing dilemma for her characters to solve, one that tests them to their limits against the gods. Not only do the pair have to figure out the puzzle of why they’re trapped but they must also contend with the reasons they split up and resolve their differences, not just in order to solve the war but also to give themselves a second chance.

I loved how Roselle Lim creates intriguing little clues within the novel to what’s going on, who Ward and Camille are dealing with but also who their employees are. The personalities of both characters make you root for them, especially against the Gods. I also love how their relationship plays into the dilemma and is part of what they need to resolve in order to escape. I did feel like at times the story did tell me how each character was feeling, though, rather than allowing me to experience it for myself. But the ultimate resolution shines.

If you like love stories that are also puzzles, this is one for you. The mystery, the intriguing dilemma and how Ward and Camille solve the issue of being trapped will keep you engaged. It is very cerebral rather than emotional but I found that thought provoking and interesting. It definitely will make you think. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 gods

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