Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Review: Vampire Shift by Tim O'Rourke

Vampire Shift (Kiera Hudson Series One, #1)When 20-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations, and missing persons, Kiera uses her unique ability of seeing, and soon realizes her own life is in danger. When Kiera falls for police officer Luke Bishop, not only are her mind and heart opened to a terrifyingly new world, she comes to suspect that Luke might be involved in the killings. In a race against time to unearth the truth, Kiera must discover the identity of who - or what - is behind the gruesome deaths on her Vampire Shift.

Shona's review  4 of 5 stars

This is the first time in a long time I have read a book where we have met traditional vampires... aversion to sunlight, crucifixes and holy water and have a predilection for human blood. Add in to the mix a Sherlock-esque main character (Kiera has an amazing ability to pick up on all the little things that most people would not notice) and you have yourself a nifty little mystery story begging to be read. Or in my case listened to as i had the audio version.

My only reason for not giving this the full 5 stars was the narrator irked me. There was no discernible difference in the tone of her voice between hushed or shouted speech which made certain scenes difficult to understand immediately... and im not sure if it was again the narrators tone of voice or the way O'Rourke has written the character but Kiera at times seemed incredibly whiny and that irked me because it seemed the complete opposite of everything else about her.

O'Rourke does a marvellous job of weaving his tale of mystery and builds the atmosphere without it ever feeling like a spoof of a Hammer Horror. There are some truly awful (for Kiera) scenes and it is something that the vampire/paranormal genre has been lacking most recently. The actual mystery of the story is slowly unveiled and i can guarantee that fairly early on you will have a good idea as to what/who is responsible for what. I can also guarantee that you will be wrong. And you will be wrong with your next idea. There are a few twists and turns in this book that will leave you guessing right to the very last page.

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