Cover of Night Book Summary and Study Guide

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Young widow Cate Nightingale has moved to a small town in Idaho to raise her twin boys. She has a small bed and breakfast, and is friendly with everyone in town, including shy Cal Harris, whom everyone knows loves Cate. Everything is normal until a guest disappears out the window. A few days later, two armed men take Cate and her friend by gunpoint and force them to give them the guest's belongings. Cal suddenly appears with a shotgun and chases the men away.
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The men are trying to find the financial records of a mob boss in Chicago. When they realize Cate didn't give them all of her guest's belongings, one suggests they take the entire small town hostage. With the help of some disreputable locals, they cut off all lines of communication and begin shooting at everything that moves.

While the men were still plotting, Cate had begun to notice Cal as a man, not just her shy handy man, especially now that she has sent the twins away out of fear. When the shooting begins, Cate and Cal find each other and organize the town, helping them find shelter and bring in the dead.

Cate and Cal are the youngest and healthiest people left in the town, and both are experienced rock climbers. They decide to leave town that way since the men holding them hostage wouldn't expect it. While camped out to weather a storm along the way, they admit they have come to love each other and finally make love.

The snow becomes too deep, and Cal sends Cate back to town. When he knows she is gone he circles back to town, usings his Special Forces training to track the men who are attacking the town. He kills them, and then witnesses the original hired killers attack and kill each other. When Cal is sure it is safe, the townspeople are able to leave and find help. After the police have taken everyone's statements, Cate and Cal leave to pick up the twins and begin their life together.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   being chased through wilderness Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   breaking up mobsters Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing with ropes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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