Samantha Carter believes a vampire is responsible for the brutal deaths of four women in London and finally she has the chance to catch him. Desperate to prove the killer’s identity, she chases him onto a late night tube train. But Samantha doesn’t reach the next station – instead she’s pulled into a very different journey, back in time to the Wild West – where friendship, desire and even love all come hand in hand with deadly danger.
To stay alive she’ll have to work out who to trust – and when to resist temptation. For Sammy’s nightmares are about to come true – vampires are real and more lethal than she ever imagined…
I’d heard a lot of good things about Tim O’Rourke so was quite looking forward to discovering his work. Having just finished Vampire Seeker, I’ll be honest, I’m quite disappointed.
The story is written in a first person perspective, from the point of view of the female protagonist, Sammy. Overall, the writing felt immature to me and in too many places it did not flow well at all. The action felt very jumpy, and I just couldn’t settle into it. At times, despite the perspective being Sammy’s, the author made assertions about what the other people were feeling, which broke the illusion of first person.
I think the hook of any book is to have characters you love or love to hate, someone you can root for and in all honesty, there was just no-one in Vampire Seeker that I felt this way about. Even the main character was irritating, thinking one thing then doing the exact opposite the next minute. If Sammy had been 18 and a bit starry eyed, it might have worked but she was supposed to be 22 and a smart girl.
The plot was convoluted for no apparent reason. Things just came at you without any groundwork being laid, so it felt as if the author was just throwing things in to make it more interesting but without taking the time to blend it. There were a couple of attempts at foreshadowing but they ended up being just obvious and clumsy.
I felt the masturbation leading into the only sex scene was actually quite cringe-worthy and on reflection, because there was no groundwork laid for this, apart from a few thoughts from Sammy thinking ‘he’ was a bit hot and some mild flirting, it made me slightly uncomfortable. That’s on top of it being hurried and unrealistic.
There are some positives, it was a short book so it was easy to read and there were a few moments that made me chuckle. I am going to read the second book because I’m hoping it might explain what the heck happened in the first one!
I’m sad because I really wanted to enjoy this book but it just didn’t do it for me at all.