"Not your usual vampire romance!"
While in his "Harriet" persona, Harry is out at the
boardwalk trying to pick up a john, which he manages to do.
However, he doesn't realize this particular john isn't
alive. The next thing you know, Harry/Harriet is a vampire,
one of the undead! Managing to subdue Harriet, Harry now
During one of the worst storms the island has had, a
beautiful woman walks into the bar where Harry is enjoying
his latest "meal". Since he's lonely and she's beautiful,
Harry decides to make her his companion. Little does poor
Harry realize, the woman, "Little Fibs" is totally insane
and becomes quite the monster when turned, ignoring all the
rules Harry has established to exist on this island.
Meanwhile, Vera is not exactly happy about the storm.
Schlepping through the rain and mud is not her idea of fun
when she has to go check on all the unoccupied houses of
her clients. But then again, she's only doing this because
her husband died and left her with a pile of gambling
debts. The only thing Vera managed to hang onto was her
house, everything else had to be sold. Approaching one of
the houses, Vera notices the front curtains open and
decides to come back in the morning.
When Vera arrives back at the house, she finds "Bone" with
a gun in his mouth. Somehow managing to talk him out of
suicide, Vera listens to Bone's story. Unfortunately, the
poor man is horribly disfigured after his time in Vietnam
and has been rejected by society ever since. Now forced
into the lifestyle of a tramp, Bone can't believe Vera
actually invites him to her home. Feeling an instant
connection with the older woman, Bone agrees.
Will the island be safe from the monster Little Fibs, or
will she leave mutilated bodies everywhere she goes? Will
Harry be able to control her? And just how does Vera fit
into all this, not to mention Bone?
VAMPIRE LOVER is not for the feint of heart. Susan Zoon has
not drawn a pretty picture of the life of a vampire in her
story. Instead, she has chosen to people her story with the
dregs of society. While this is not a light, fluffy story,
it is exceptionally thought provoking and will remain with
me for a long, long time and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 18, 2007