My personal experience with detective books has been that they’re usually hit or miss. Sometimes they focus on the boring detective instead of the case, or just build too slowly, and to be honest it’s a genre I often get let down by. But I’m glad I picked up Neon Noir because it’s nothing like that.
Jayme Lee is a local author who’s work I was excited to read for that reason and also because of, well, the cover. I’m a sucker for a good cover and I’m not afraid to judge a book by one. The Outrun, cyberpunk vibes are the kind of aesthetic I look for when selecting an AMOLED phone wallpaper so right away the cover resonated with me. Besides that, the title itself is really cool. It’s catchy, alliterative, and evokes an image of things that glow in the literal and figurative dark night.
This book is being released in Episodes so it was a short read but the story was packed with details, setting a vibrant scene that the reader can sink into. The writing has this luxe quality that feels indulgent, like a slice of red velvet where you would eat the whole cake if only you could get it alone. Every sentence felt delicately crafted to paint visual emotions so that I found myself hanging on every word. The dialogue between the characters felt romantic and elegant, like a 1940s movie script where every character is just cool as glass, and that vibe was consistent throughout the story.
I love how the city is a character in itself, a place that feels a part of the past and future all at the same time, and provides a fantasy element further removing the reader from “just another detective novel.” This was a solid 5 ⭐ read for me. Neon Noir did a fantastic job hooking this girl into its enchanting neon world and I can’t wait to read what happens next.
Thank you to the author for providing a reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.
Neon Noir is available to read on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.