A veteran New York City journalist, Claire Hagen has learned not to trust everything she hears. So when her younger sister lands in a mental hospital after claiming a vampire is feeding off her blood, Claire is naturally skeptical. A search of her sister’s apartment convinces her: the delusions are a side effect of the drugs she discovers her sister had been taking.
But a deeper investigation uncovers more than Claire bargained for. Why was a man who claimed to know her sister from an online vampire forum shot dead moments after Claire interviewed him? Why are her sister’s symptoms getting worse in the hospital? And why have agents from the Vatican taken a sudden interest in Claire?
Consumed by doubt and growing paranoia, Claire barely has time to ponder her next move before a violent confrontation in her apartment changes everything. She quickly finds herself on the run with a mysterious stranger who says he wants to protect her but may not be quite what he seems. Can she trust him?
©2014 Daniel Dersch; Translation © 2013 by Gerald Chapple. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I don't think anyone reads 2 star ratings, so I won't be putting a lot of effort into this review. I don't like admitting that I read this book twice. I only defense is that the book is not very memorable. I really don't know why I kept reading through to the end either time I read this book. The characters are not engaging. The plot is predictable, banal. Oddly, the author pits the Catholic Church against the forces of evil without acknowledging that any good exits within the Church or its agents, as though the original Dracula conventions are being adopted by an author who is at best a non-believer, which is I guess what you would expect from someone who chooses Vampires as his subject. It could have been a much worse book, hence the 2 star rather than a zero or 1 star rating.
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