‘NVK’ spoiler-free review!

Hello everyone! Before we get into this review, I want to send you all a massive virtual hug – we are living in scary times right now and anxieties are running high. My mental health is certainly suffering due to all the panic that’s going on. And working in a care setting is not helping! I’ve never once had any regrets about taking on a job in the caring profession but it’s testing my strength right now, I can tell you!

Anyway. Let’s try to maintain some semblance of normality around here, shall we? Lose ourselves in those books and the blogging community โค

Today, I’m recommending one for you if you fancy a bit of Gothic fiction during your self-isolation ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today (March 17th) sees the release of NVK by Temple Drake, which was very kindly sent to me by Titan Books! Keep reading to find out more about it…



One night in 2012, Zhang Guo Xing takes a group of European clients to a fashionable high-end nightclub in Shanghai. While there, he meets a strikingly beautiful young Finnish woman called Naemi Vieno Kuusela. The physical attraction between them proves irresistible, and they embark on an intoxicating affair. But Naemi is not what she appears to beโ€ฆ

To Zhangโ€™s surprise, she veers between passion and wariness, conducting the relationship entirely on her own terms. He feels compelled to find out more about her, and is swiftly drawn into a web of intrigue, mystery, and horror. Is she a ghost? A demon? Do the living dead walk the streets of twenty-first century Shanghai?

my thoughts

First of all, this book has one of the most captivating opening chapters I have read in a long long time. I knew right away that I was going to be gripped from start to finish.

One of the things I loved most about this book was the scene-setting. The majority of the book is set in the bustling city streets of Shanghai and the descriptions were so vivid, despite not being flowery. I could totally imagine the sights, sounds and even smells of each scene – and you all know how much I love that sensory information ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are also some flashback scenes set in northern Finland and the contrast was utterly perfect.

Everything about this book flowed so seamlessly. Scene changes, introduction of characters – there was just a sense of ease to everything. It’s difficult for me to describe as it’s not something I’ve ever been consciously aware of until recently. I just found this book so fantastically easy to read and before I knew it, I was finished.

At the heart of the novel is a mystery, though it’s unlike any mystery I have read before. The stakes are raised continuously, another reason for why I could not stop reading.

My one slight complaint is that the ending is left slightly unresolved and you as a reader have to make what you will of the situation. I didn’t feel hugely satisfied with this and wanted definitive answers to certain questions.

As far as I am aware, this book is a standalone (always a bonus!) However, I was highly impressed by it and would certainly be willing to read more about the mysterious NVK! I think the potential is definitely there for Temple Drake to continue this story. But equally, it stands so well on its own. So I guess I don’t know which I’d prefer haha. I know, I’m so helpful. All I know is that you should definitely give it a read… ๐Ÿ˜‰


Are you intrigued by this one? Leave me a comment and let me know! x


4 thoughts on “‘NVK’ spoiler-free review!

  1. I hadn’t heard of this one before, but wow it sounds interesting! Thanks for the review!

    Also, I hope you stay safe and healthy. We’re under a Shelter In Place order here, and I’m super glad that I can keep working from home while this is going on. *hugs* But also… if I didn’t need to WFH I would get a LOT more reading done… ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • I’m so glad you like the sound of it! Let me know if you decide to pick it up ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m also really glad you’re able to work from home! I wish I had a job that allowed for that. But alas, the show must go on. If only other people would actually do the social distancing thing – there seem to be just as many out and about here! Stay safe my dear โค


      • It’s going on my TBR, but it’s joining LOTS of friends there, so I don’t know when I’ll actually get to reading it. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thanks, I wish more jobs allowed for it. (And it seems mine only allows for it in emergency situations.) I just hope that those of us who can stay home actually do, so that those who have to go out are safer.


  2. This sounds fascinating! My best friend lives in Shanghai, so I’m really interested. It might be fun to imagine I’m wandering the streets with her. I hope you are able to stay healthy! I worry constantly about those of you who work in care settings, so I’m really crossing my fingers that you and your colleagues stay safe and healthy.


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