Review: The Midnight Call


Who would ever suspect that their mentor, teacher, and friend was a cold-blooded killer? Jessie Martin didn’t—at least not until she answers the midnight call.

Late one August night, Jessie’s lifelong mentor and friend–and presently a popular, charismatic, and handsome high school teacher–Terrence Butterfield calls. He utters a startling admission: he’s killed someone. He pleads for Jessie’s help, so out of loyalty she rushes to his aid completely unaware that she’s risking her relationship, her career, and her life–and that of her unborn child–to help Terrence.

Does Jessie’s presence at Terrence’s home implicate her in the gruesome murder of the teenage boy found in the basement? Why does Terrence betray Jessie when he has a chance to exonerate her of all charges? Has he been a monster in disguise for all these years?

To reclaim her life and prove her innocence, Jessie must untangle the web of lies and reveal the shocking truths behind the homicide. The quest turns out to be the fight of her life: to preserve everything and everyone she holds dear. 

Rating: 4-stars


The Midnight Call by Jode Millman is centered on the epic emotional rollercoaster it creates. The book has a lot of promising features. However, as much as I wanted to like the characters, they still needed more work. As the reader, I know Jessie’s longtime friend who helped her needs her help. She does so, thinking that she will pay her friend back for helping her get to where she is now. Yet, something is so completely off. The heroine knows this, yet she still goes straight ahead falling into a trap. I was not sure what to think of that. There is more that needs to be added to make it more interesting by adding more guess work. The friend commits a murder. But was it accidental or not? This is the premise that hooked me. That is what grabbed my attention the whole way through and kept me reading. However, there really was not much else to propel the story. I liked that this book provoked emotions about the characters. The characters gave me some inside need to know more. Just not to the extent I would have loved. There is a dark yet intense mystery to this read. I definitely enjoyed that whole in the dark cloud vibe. It was edgy and secretive. The writer has many strong points in this tale. Overall, The Midnight Call is alluring and different.

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