Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.
Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.
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To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
This is my first vampire listen. Interesting premise ,the reader does a great job I felt the voices were perfect. Time flew by as I got caught up in the story.
My single biggest problem with this audiobook was the reader. For some reason, which I cannot fathom, she decided to use a sexy, sultry voice for the entire book. It didn't matter if she was picking her kids up from school, vomiting after eating a few ding-dongs, or discussing the attempted murder of a client, it was said with a sultry voice. This book was not sexy. It was not a romance. The sultriness of the reader's voice was so distracting that it bugged the heck out of me. Halfway through this very short book I decided I'd be better off abandoning the audio version and just reading the version I already had on my Kindle. The book was marginally better in print. Maybe I was just turned off to the book at this point, but I really wanted to like it. It got so many good reviews on Goodreads. While I could feel Samantha's pain over her family situation, that was about the only thing I could connect with in the story. Her budding feelings for her new love interest (and his for her) felt totally flat and unbelievable and the investigation was just "meh". There are too many better books out there. Skip this one but if you really feel an urge to read it, skip the audio and just stick to the print version. (Just a heads up, the sample up here is deceptive as I didn't detect the sultry cadence to her voice in it. That came a little further in.
That's my two pence...
I was very surprised by this novel because of the unique approach to vampires. Not necessarily the vampire lore itself, but the characters...especially Samantha Moon, the main character. A soccer mom, private investigator vampire!
I love the way Samantha has to deal with normal, everyday activities, like picking the kids up from school and making dinner, while she's dealing with this whole vampire issue that was forced upon her. And then, to make it even more unique, she's solving cases.
A strange yet delightful mix because not only do these situations NOT blend well, Samantha is forced to deal with the consequences of trying to make them all work together. She goes above and beyond to live a normal life and pretending this vampire thing isn't going to change anything...and yet everything is changed and falls apart. Fabulous character development and I found myself laughing, crying and getting angry with the characters throughout the story.
The narrator of the novel was spectacular! She not only represents the voice of Samantha Moon that brings the character to life, but she has that kind of "hardball detective" sound to her voice, almost like a Mickey Spillane novel. Just brilliant!
I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves vampire stories with a little bit of mystery.
This could make a good series. I liked the plot and was easy to follow.
At the end showing allot of restraints
No this was the first of hers
When she seen her husband was having an affair. How many people you nowould not of tore him apart
Yes I liked her performance a lot better to some other books I've listened to
This was one of the best vampire books I've read/ listened to in a very long time.
The book just seems off..
Ann McCafferey in her Psy series set a good mark for paranormal adventures with well rounded characters, the Michelle Sagara's elantra series does the same in a more modern series, Jeanine Frost night huntress series does kickass with romance very well.. This book doesn't' reach any of those marks and it sounds like just inexperience and very poor guidance from an editor.
It ins't a terrible book, but it ins't good either. The main character clearly has bitterness about men from the beginning and the way she talks about them saying "down girl" repeatedly (editor please!) objectifies the men. Now this anger/frustration makes perfect sense as you listen to more of the story, but the book seems to end suddenly just as some promising characters are finally starting to reveal themselves. The whole thing feels like an action book that was meant to be action/romance and just never got around to it.
If there were another book in the series maybe listening to both would make the pieces fall in place, but i am not sure i would buy the next book to find out.
more twist to the story line, less predictable. depth to the character explaination of backround
weak and predictable
This was a story that I just could never get a connection to the characters. I wanted to, but I was bored throughout the story.
It was slow and I didn't feel a connection to the characters.
None really, I think that was why I didn't like it
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
Vampire and mom. She works quite well as an investigator. Less so as a family person, So goes the story.
This is a pleasant enough read. The premises didn't quite hold for me. But the main character is in transition. Perhaps the later novels round it out more.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
Nice enough that I am going to order book 2 :) I like the main character Mrs. Moon. I think her husband is a prick, and I hope he get what's coming to him soon, hopefully in book 2 lol Hummm I am trying not to give out in spoilers. Let’s just say you can definitely identify with Sam, the main character. I found myself completely in her corner and pulling for her. I am waiting for her to let loose a can of whoop a#% on Mr. Moon!
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