Just finished this book. I’m a little on the fence about it, although I certainly enjoyed it. The effort to bring vampires down to a real level (AKA more mainstream fiction) was interesting. I liked the characters a lot, which was a requirement because it’s completely character driven: Not much HAPPENS. It’s basically about a girl growing up, and her strange relationship with her father, and the mystery around their family. One gets the sense at the end that the author is JUST getting to the more interesting stuff about vampires and society, and you have to wait until next year to find out what exactly that is.
It’s the kind of book that deftly straddles genres: dark fantasy, mystery, and mainstream novel, but in that straddling leaves a vague dissatisfaction. Like a movie that appeals to all age groups. I felt the same way about “The Historian” last year, so if you like that one, you’ll definitely like this one. I certainly will buy the next one, but I won’t have a raving recommendation for people about this one. Trade paperback worthy, not hardcover.
Also, the cover is too sophisticated. I like a little cheese with my literature 😉