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3.5 stars - Definitely worth reading
on May 14, 2013
I purchased this Kindle book for free months ago, so thanks to the author! The premise of this book (Vampire/Private Investigator)is a good one. The first book was a bit of a chore to get through as Sam Moon's previous happy life B.V.(Before Vampire)sounded like most of our lives and well worth living.
She didn't choose to be a Vampire, it is thrust upon her unwillingly, so that literally sucked. Trying to adapt as much as possible for the sake of the living she obviously still cares deeply for (husband and children)is what this first book is all about. Plus, she doesn't want anyone to know of her secret. In some ways, this is what drives the story. Much like an alcoholic who denies they are an alcoholic and therefore more problems are created due to the secret. Sam makes a supreme effort to only drink animal blood, not human blood, in an attempt to hide her undead habits. She still thinks "human" and that is where this differs from the majority of other vampire stories.
I admit the story is rather depressing, but quite realistic in the portrayal of her husband's response to having an undead wife. I did identify with the characters in the story for the most part. Yes, Sam is somewhat "flat" as she "accepts" her situation and her attempt to hold on to some normalcy in her undead life, but that is exactly what one would expect considering the reactions of her husband. Of course she is depressed and not happy about the losses she experiences. So, don't expect a bouncy, happy ending in this book.
However, I also read the second book in this series, and it is definitely an improvement as Sam adjusts to the many, many necessary changes that occur in her former soccer mom life. Eventually, she finds her center again and begins to stop mourning her losses and open herself up to other possibilities. Isn't that really what we all do in the face of uncontrollable circumstances? There are people who live with Cancer, AIDS, or other horrific experiences, and yet many find ways to make their lives sweeter, in spite of their losses. That is what Sam's story is about...survival. So, not what I consider "light reading," but definitely a book to reflect upon. I will read more of them.