The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn
(Vampire Psychologist #1)
Quercus (Sept 2011)
Paperback, 400 Pages
The Vampire Shrink got off to a really good start for me. With Kismet the psychologist who specialises in treating people who believe in vampires, who most certainly does not believe in vampires herself. With the trend for goths and fake fangs, Kismet believes this new specialism might be the key to her career.
When Kismet begins helping a young girl who frequents vampire clubs, she becomes introduced to 800 year old vampire Deveraux and sucked into a whole new world she never believed existed. As well a serious amount of trouble, trouble that also leads FBI Agent Alan Stevens to her door.
I really enjoyed Kismet’s role as a Psychologist in this book, it was amusing to watch her try and navigate through her patients conditions and reading her internal dialogue as she did so. It added a different slant to the story.
I ran a little hot and cold with Kismet, I started to really buy into the blossoming love story with her and one character and then something happens and she virtually jumps into bed with another. The explanation behind why this was ok, was that she was a modern women and she hadn’t committed to anyone. Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned, but it left me feeling a little disenchanted, rather than buying into a potential love triangle. In general I came away thinking that the love story part of this story was quite muddled.
I think the setting of the novel and the rules around the paranormal world needed further definition, at times it left me somewhat confused. There are a couple of strange scenes in this book, a particular one with a protection ceremony springs to mind. That seemed a little weird and also left me wondering what on earth had exactly happened. I felt like the author needed to have spent a little more time building and defining this.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to seeing where the series goes now that Kismet believes in vampires. I think the psychologist angle could make it both amusing and different from other books in this genre.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- The Vampire Shrink
- Blood Therapy
- Dark Harvest
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