Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Review: Flesh and Blood
Flesh and Blood by Daniel Dersch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Horror
Reading Level: Adults
Recommended for: Fans of horror, those who yearn for the old, bad vampires
Trigger Warnings: murder, killing, assassination, one character considers sexual assault, torture
My Thoughts: Ah, in a world full of brooding vampires and immortal lovers and people who sparkle in the sunlight, this brings it right back to the nitty-gritty of vampires: they are predators. They eat us. There is nothing beautiful about them. Well, true vampires, anyway. Turns out the Nazis did some experimenting, and throw in a Vatican-based conspiracy.... but shhh, spoilers, sweetie, spoilers!
I have rated this as horror, because that is how I read the ending. However, the ending is left open for interpretation, so others might read this as dark urban fantasy. Whatever the genre, this German author does an amazing writer with it, and I hope his other two books will be translated into English so I can read them as well. If you like horror—and I mean true horror here—and/or want the old, bad vampires back, then check out this book. I think you'll like it.
Disclosure: I received a paperback copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: 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?
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