I stumbled across Jean Shorney as a bit of a happy accident, and enjoyed some of her short stories and extracts from her website. As a fan of horror, I thought that this could be an entertaining read, and I was right. I couldn’t put it down — I read it in under a day! The structure of the story is interesting, with the first few chapters telling the back story of several key players at different points in time, and different locations. We are transported from revolutionary France to rural Ireland to WW2 France, then onto London for the story proper. There’s an interesting retelling of Gabriel Rosetti’s love affair with his wife, Lizzie, to add an air of authenticity, beautifully evocative descriptions and lots of action; but unlike many vampire books on the market, it’s neither gory or twee. It feels like a very contemporary story, the literary equivalent of the TV show Being Human. I’d recommend it to anyone, and certainly for those who don’t necessarily see themselves as fans of the genre…. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.