4 out of 5 stars
This novel was a pleasant surprise for me. I love anything having to do with vampires, be they about the evil dead types made famous with Dracula, or the romanticized types, such as the popular Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. This story is something a little different and falls somewhere in between the two.
Max Hollingsworth is a social worker who specializes with abused children. Not the most pleasant of subjects, but Sean Poindexter handles it well. We all know it happens, but not many authors are brave enough to approach the subject in a novel like this one. Those who’ve tried haven’t always come across as well as this author did. He was able to make me feel for the lost children without completely disgusting me, taking a risk I might toss the book. Being a mother, and grandmother, I couldn’t imagine my own being placed in the hands of a pedophile.
Max not only has to deal with human monsters, some of them the children’s own parents, he also has to deal with a gang of neo-nazi vampires running a child slavery ring. Somehow these vampires are able to make parents completely forget they even have a child. It can be difficult to prosecute if no one remembers the child even exists.
I loved the story and what Max was willing to put himself through to try to help these kids. The only reason I’m not giving it five stars is because of the side stories. They could be a little difficult to follow as far as time was concerned. It was necessary information for the most part, but I still found it hard to realign my thoughts at times.
Bottom line, if you like detective type stories with a little paranormal edge, then I can pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy this one. I can’t wait for the next novel in this series to be released.