Night Blood (a.k.a Death In The Family)

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Leaving a good London school with solid prospects, Tom Franklin has the world at his feet. Yet one thing has always haunted his perfect life: his dreams. When Tom discovers that the nightmarish images of dark places and even darker instincts are in fact repressed memories from his early childhood, he must face the heritage from his birth-father, a savage vampire known only as Raxos. More

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About Sophie Duncan

Half my time I am a project manager developing IT solutions. The other half, you'll find me scribbling away at many a story that just won't leave me alone. I've been writing since I was a wee thing, and publishing since I discovered the internet in 1994 or so.

So what do I write? Contemporary and urban fantasy have mainly been my playground, but I have done some real world settings as well. I do like mystery and have been reading (and watching) Agatha Christie since I was a child. I've also been known to do a bit of poetry.

Style: I have been told I do angst well, so if you want your heartstrings twanged, or your tummy to tie in knots until the end, then I'm your gal. I am, however, a happy ending junkie, although I do throw a hint of realism in there sometimes as well. I like a few twists and turns on the way in some of my plots, although I have written my share of PWPs as well. I have to admit a small obsession with eyes: I believe they are the seat of beauty in a person, so I play with them in creature fic and use them for expression in others - personal hang up, sorry. Also, I have never met a cliché I didn't like and I am a firm believer that cliché is fine if you do it right.

Writing is a passion and there's nothing better than writing for an audience. Any writer who says they don't care about feedback must have had an ego amputation :) If you life my scribbles, I'd be very glad to hear from you.

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Review by: Charles Kravetz on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Raxos is a savage vampire, and Tom Franklin's birth-father. Tom was removed from his presence as a young boy. Now that he has grown, his nightmares are getting worse. He must return to his former home and find the reasons for the nightmares. Those reasons seem to be connected to Raxos, whom Tom has not seen in many years. Due to some strange health issues, Tom keeps his identity secret. Unfortunately, Raxos knows where Tom is at all times.

This is a book aimed at the young adult reader. As such, it is an excellent story. It starts with the mystery of who the characters are, and how they are interconnected. As the story unwinds, we learn who Raxos and Tom are, and their former and current relationship. We also learn of Tom's other relatives, many of whom he has not seen in many years. The action of the story is ferocious at times. While there is a touch of romance, those looking for a love story will be disappointed. There is just enough romance to give the reader a good background.

I do enjoy reading a good mystery. I often try to guess the endings, and many times I am correct. With this book, I was surprised at the ending, it was not what I expected. As the story unfolds, I found myself not wanting to put the kindle down. As it is written as the first book of the series, I will look forward to the next book. I would hope that the relationships unveiled in this book will be further developed in the next one.

while I found this book very enjoyable, there are a couple of grammar errors that detracted from reading. At least one took me a few minutes to determine what the word should have been.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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