“Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight,”
by Alex Kinkard
Publisher: Alex Kinkard; June 24, 2016
Looking for a quick novella that’s different from the usual things you come across? I recently finished, “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight,” by Alex Kinkard, about the end of the world, first loves, regrets, and last chances. There is some strange blue light heading to Earth at the opening of the story, and Nan is trying to get home to see her mother and stepfather before the end of the world arrives. Eighteen hours are left and then there will be no survivors, but when she arrives at their home, her mother and stepfather are gone. As Nan wanders around the town, she ends up crossing paths with Dean – her first love, but also the boy who ruined her life. After reconnecting, the rest of this short novella is about Nan and Dean and their last hours alive on Earth. The author provides a little bit of back story involving Nan and Dean, as well as, some insight into Nan’s relationship with her mother and stepfather, but otherwise, you don’t learn a great deal about them.
I really liked the premise behind this novella, finding it unique and interesting, but I wish the characters would have been more developed. I understand it’s the last night on Earth so I guess there’s no reason to hold grudges, but I struggled with how quickly Dean and Nan just clicked with each other, forgetting the lies that he had told when they were younger that ruined her reputation. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a huge romantic and emotional element about their relationship and their “goodnight,” but I felt it would have been more believable if there would have been more to it. It definitely leaves you wondering what would have happened between them, if not for the blue light.
*Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novella from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.