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Posted May 16, 2013
What a chilling read! My heart was racing as this tale unfolded, a definitely consuming read. I had to stop reading halfway through last night because I was going to give myself a nightmare! Finished it with the broad daylight streaming in instead. Hey, it kept the fright level down.
The story starts where we get to meet Roman, Alisha and Vanora - three siblings living in Texas, whose parents are long ago dead. Roman has returned from bringing the bodies of his ancestors in Romania back to their estate in Texas, building a mausoleum to hold them because the estate which was once theirs in Romania and held the coffins was falling to ruins. The history of one coffin, which was chained up for some unknown reason, has Alisha and Vanora on edge. Why was it chained up? What happens now that Roman has released whatever lurks inside?
I had goosebumps waiting to see just what ended up lurking outside this family’s estate. The descriptive writing and excellent set up had me on edge. This is the first episode of a five part ‘season’ serial novel. I definitely will be reading the rest of it and look forward to the release of episode 5.
If you like chilling, vampire reads with extra dark undertones, this is it.
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Posted June 3, 2013
Vampires haven't been done this right since Anne Rice. Ethereal, dark, foreboding... I couldn't get enough! With this beginning to the series, I know great things are yet to come. The characters are fantastic and vivid, and their story is spellbinding and had me shivering. Before In Darkness We Must Abide, I hadn't yet read any of Rhiannon Frater's novels but had planned on it. Needless to say, I'll be devouring every piece of her writing from now on!
Similar to shouting out help I feel while watching a horror movie, I wanted to jump in there with the Socolis several times and advise the characters not to look out the window, not to open the door, or not to go downstairs for fear of what might be there lurking in the shadows. I must admit there were a couple of moments when I wanted to hide under the covers! This isn't to say these aren't intelligent characters, however, because they very much are.
I really appreciate the unconventional family structure - the two older siblings raising their younger sister. And that's just a small part of what makes this family so interesting and anything but the typical family. I mean, how cool is it that they have Romanian ancestors? Unfortunately for them, that's exactly what unleashes the nightmare they must face.
I received a copy of this episode from the author in exchange for an honest review.