A huge thank you to Titan Books for this review copy!
*Publication Date: 22nd September 2020*
The blurb from the back of the book:
It has been some years since Jonathan and Mina Harker survived their ordeal in Transylvania and, vanquishing Count Dracula, returned to England to try and live ordinary lives.
But shadows linger long in this world of blood feud and superstition – and, the older their son Quincey gets, the deeper the shadows that lengthen at the heart of the Harkers’ marriage. Jonathan has turned back to drink; Mina finds herself isolated inside the confines of her own family; Quincey himself struggles to live up to a family of such high renown.
And when a gathering of old friends leads to unexpected tragedy, the very particular wounds in the heart of the Harkers’ marriage are about to be exposed…
There is darkness both within the marriage and without – for new evil is arising on the Continent. A naturalist is bringing a new species of bat back to London; two English gentlemen, on their separate tours of the continent, find a strange quixotic love for each other, and stumble into a calamity far worse than either has imagined; and the vestiges of something forgotten long ago is finally beginning to stir…
I realised quite quickly that if you haven’t read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this plot would be fairly difficult to understand. Luckily, I read Dracula a while back and it didn’t take me long to immerse myself into this story.
I loved the style of writing and the use of newspaper articles and letters. I will say that I found it a little sluggish to start with, but after the first few chapters I was hooked.
I found the atmosphere quite eerie. This is the perfect to curl up in bed with late into the night!
Mina was my favourite character – I loved getting into her head all over again. I devoured her perspective throughout.
I enjoyed the last half of the book the most. It was mostly action-packed after a slower start (although this is very similar to Dracula, and so tied in well). The ending blew me away and was so unexpected!
I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️