Kirkus Indie Reviews (also selected as a featured title, December 1, 2016, issue):
"[T]the Neanderthal subplot [is] just as engaging as the present-day crime story. Rhodes builds her first-person narrative carefully, beginning gently by introducing secondary characters and descriptions of Hoboken’s transition from working-class neighborhoods to trendy enclaves. Gradually, the pace and tension accelerate, and the book becomes a true page-turner. An enjoyable, satisfying escape with a unique twist."
Full Kirkus review for Nightsong here.
Readers’ Reviews (please see Amazon for full reviews):
"Very well written. Pulls you in almost instantly and keeps you going. Had great trouble putting it down even late at night until I needed sleep so bad I was dropping my kindle. I had hoped this was going to be a series, because I want more, more, more." --Susie G.
“I loved the mystical/historical/anthropological dimensions of the story. The story was deepened with the poetry of an ancient hominid species….a very interesting and interwoven story about the evolution of the multiple dimensions of understanding human adaptation.” --Robin R.
“The author knows how to hook you and spin the tale and keep you reading. I got through 75 percent of Nightsong before I could think of putting my Kindle down and going to sleep! I was amazed. This never happens to me.” --Ink Stained Wretch
“Rhodes is a talented writer with a heightened sense for details and quirky plot twists, as well... All of this makes for a compelling ride as you search with Bloom for the missing child.” --Ellen S.
"this mystery is wonderfully written and shares academic life perfectly. the mystery part is well conceived and executed. very enjoyable." --Amazon reader
"The quality of this book is a joy. The characters are believable and their dialog is real and intelligent. The Neanderthal focus is inspired. I loved this and plan to read the entire series. Well done!! --Janine
"...Rhodes skillfully weaves two stories into one: a mystery surrounding the abduction of a small boy…and a deeply personal quest to discover the protagonist's prehistoric ancestry in the remote mountains of Wales. How these two tales intertwine makes for a very entertaining and intriguing read." --Kathi C.
"Loved reading this book. While fiction, I found enough reality mixed in that I will be chewing on the food for thought for a long time to come. Especially liked the part about the hand of a daughter holding that of her mother who holds her mother's hand and so on.
"Already I see in my mind's eye, I holding my own mother's hand, I my daughter's hand, she her daughter's hand and she her daughter's hand. Five generations. Sorrowfully, my mother passed away a year before her great great grand daughter was born.
"This book really gave me much to consider." --Mary
Reviews on Goodreads:
"Very well written. Pulls you in almost instantly and keeps you going. Had great trouble putting it down even late at night until I needed sleep so bad I was dropping my kindle. I had hoped this was going to be a series because I want more, more, more!" --S.G.
"This was a riveting well written story with some unusual twists and turns. I found it to be one of the best books I have read lately." --D.C.
"When I see a book labeled a mystery I usually assume it will involve a murder. This is not the case with this book. I like historical novels so I was intrigued with it being a Neanderthal mystery. I did enjoy her memory "flashbacks" and the similarity to the modern missing child story. I thought it different, interesting and well written. I will certainly be watching for her next book. "-- V.H.
And a review from a reader in the UK (on Amazon UK):
"A nice change from my usual crime fiction choices.
I am interested in archaeology and anthropology although showed no signs back in my grammar schooling, rather it’s evolved with knowledge gleaned from reading/tv programmes and all manner of other areas.
"An intriguing weaving of fact and the likelihood that early man had inner abilities, attuned to the seasons, the earth and survival skills that didn't require a machine gun!
"I'm sure mankind has lost his gut feelings or inner consciousness and we have all become way too dependent on things that think for us." --Mrs. L.