First of all, whoever did the back cover description for the book, did Bateman a disservice. This is a book about vampires. I do not read books about vampires and would not have picked this one had I known. That's called preference. You either read vampire/werewolf/zombie type books or you don't. Those that do, unless they already follow Bateman, would miss out on this one.
That being said, I read through it anyway. I do not care for Bateman's style of weaving 4-5 story lines within chapter and subchapters. Again, this is a preference. If you like it, you won't have any problem. I had a hard time following the brief lines of character in the story and took me some time to figure out where she was going. Here's a quick run down of the story lines:
Prologue – never figured out who this character was Storyline #1 – a vampire being held prisoner, Eden (this takes several chapters to figure out). Eden flashbacks to growing up with her sister Amede. Her old love is Markus Chisolm.
Storyline #2 - Lauryn McBride, lives in small town with Alzheimer dad, auctioning antiques and homes. Lauryn lost her one true love “that never was” but finds she might have a chance again. Currently working on the Chisolm estate, where recluse Markus Chisolm lived for many years.
Storyline #3 - Amede Dastillion – vampire that is searching for her long lost sister in Abbey Hills, but she finds herself unusually affected by the town and recent events.
Storyline #4 - Abbey Hills has recently had several murders and ritualistic animal slayings that are scaring its inhabitants. Policeman Charlie Baylor's sister Amanda was one of the murders in town; he is also dealing with a breakup with long time fiance Janine.
Storyline #5 - Flashbacks of female character as she grows up in small town, which I assume is Lauryn, although I don't know why its relevant.
Storyline #6 - Juliette Morioux, who is having trouble dealing with her mandatory lifetime commitment of serving Amede, brought about by family pack. Wondering whether she can spend her lifetime serving a vampire.
Bateman somehow weaves these into one story by the end. I can't say I enjoyed the book, and wouldn't recommend it to others unless they love twisted, vampire stories.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review through their Blogging for Books Program. The opinions expressed here are my own.