Imagine living in a world where there are vampires within your community and not realizing they are even there. Imagine when one young man becomes so enthralled, so enamored and so fixated on one that his sense of reality fades, his obsession takes over leaving him cold and unfeeling when she is not around. Majken/Mary is a vampire who Marc has become so obsessed with that he cannot function without seeing her. With a father that is controlling, domineering and just wants him to succeed in life, Marc rebels at every turn, yet he wants to do with same with Mary Harris: Control her every move, see her every waking hour until it became overbearing and terrifying for them both.
With this community where Mary attends college as a history major, we meet Thomas, who wants a normal relationship with her until some harsh realities are revealed. Added in there is someone that is taking the lives of people at indiscriminate places, no basic pattern, and the murders are becoming more prevalent, violent and people are told to remain at home or not go out alone, especially young girls.
Majken realizes that there is another Vampire striking and although she knows how to get her daily feed or ration, this man is infringing on her territory, needs to be stopped and hopefully will save some lives now that she thinks she figured out his pattern of where he will strike.
She is ruthless in her own right, has her own driver to take her to places where no one would ever venture, finds herself befriending someone in the hospital morgue as the author created and penned an intricately woven plot with many storylines which become intertwined before we learn the dramatic climax and ending.
Hidden truths and lies come out as the police and the campus Chief investigates Marc’s death with a father so bent on learning the truth that he goes after Majken himself. Defenseless at times she has no choice but to fight back in her own way but will that be enough to stop him coming after her.
Thomas seems so fixated on her that even though Phillip, his roommate warns him about her it’s like talking to deaf ears. Obsessions take the limelight in this novel as not only Marc, but Thomas can’t seem to get enough of Majken and when the truth about her comes hitting him in the face will he finally go the other way or will she draw him in even more?
With the slasher, John back in Trenton, and the body count rising, Majken hopes to lure him away with her ability to control where he goes but John is more dangerous than anyone knows and their encounter is vividly depicted as the author takes us deep inside the mind of a vampyr whose goal is to feed daily or becoming weak and die. Majken will get as many hosts or donors as needed and when Thomas learns about how many men, she is with will he understand the truth behind her needs?
With Chief Vincent Baggetta on her heels, Dr. Phillip Albritton, Marc’s father relentless in his quest for justice, the scenes become graphic, the blood extremely red, as each victim pays the price for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the Disclaimer states at the start of the novel author Douglas Robinson focuses on a novel dealing with vampiric blood drinking and people and includes scenes where the characters drink blood., hunt for blood, kill for blood or shed blood. This novel is not for the weak or feint of heart and the adverse effects these actions play on the main characters, the victims are quite vividly depicted enabling the reader to visually experience the scenes described by the author and lived by the characters involved.
While the police want to question Majken/Mary and Albritton demanding answers, Thomas has to face off with his own feelings and when Majken keeps disappearing, attending events with him and then claiming to need to disappear, the final scenes brings them to her old home, a mansion, face to face with the slasher and the dramatic conclusion leaves readers wondering what is next for both of them and if either will survive.
A story about obsession, control, power, unrequited love, lust and a young girl who lives with the knowledge that she has no choice but to take the blood she needs at any cost to anyone or stands in her way.
The college wants to suspend her for disciplinary action, her roommate is leery about having her around, Thomas seems torn between wanting her in his life or walking away and the slasher is planning the demise of them both. Both Lisa and Thomas will bear the brunt of her need for blood but only one will know the truth and how will that one deal with it: walk away or remain faithful?
A father desperate for answers, a note written in his son’s hand revealing starling information and an ending that illuminates the true meaning of what a Vampyr really is and the life that Majken has to live at all costs to herself and anyone else.
Imagine a world where you live on the blood of others in order to survive. Imagine living this life and yet wanting to appear normal. Imagine fearing where your next drink of rich read blood will come from and imagine the unsuspecting donor who will fall prey to your needs. The slasher might have seemed to have left town, the false sense of security that both Thomas and Majken feel might be short lived as Thomas is caught in a dangerous and tangled web as author Douglas Robinson takes readers, Majken, Thomas and others down a dangerous slope or road until the final explosive ending. Characters that are realistically depicted you wonder if they will come close to where you live and you look outside your window making sure they are not hiding in the shadows as the night sky comes about, the darkness illuminates the sky with just the stars shining brightly and the quiet and stillness are just warnings as Silently Comes the Night warning you to stay inside.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ network/MJ magazine