Review: Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne


Relative Strangers

By: Helen Treharne
Genres: urban fantasy
Pages: 301
Series: Sophie Morgan Vampire Series #1
Publisher: Smashwords
Review: Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne

Meet Sophie Morgan… practical, Welsh, prone to occasional profanity, and seemingly a vampire magnet.

 

Sophie Morgan is 23 and has always done the right thing. She’s caused no stress for her family, worked hard through university, has taken a successful leap onto the career ladder and nurtured a reasonably healthy bank balance.  It’s no small surprise then when, on a post relationship break-up, mini-break to Antwerp, she pursues a pair of thieves who steal her friend’s handbag.  But this is only the start of her world being turned upside down.  Ripped from the streets into a dark alley she is violently attacked, barely alive when quirky Irish bar worker, Michael Kelly, stumbles across the scene.

 

The pair, shocked by their experience and uncertain whether they have killed her attacker in the brawl which follows, go into the night for answers.   They get more than they bargained for. Sophie quickly learns that vampires exist, her neighbours back home aren’t what they seem and new boyfriends can be found in the strangest of situations.

 

Relative Strangers is the first in a new vampire series with a distinctly British flavour, but which will appeal to everyone.  Reviews call it " a vampire tale with bite", with "brilliant characters that draw you in" and a very fresh take on the genre. Read it now to find out reviewers are raving about.

 
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I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

~~Excerpt~~

 

I wakened with a jolt, my heart beating, and my lids heavy. The glowing display of my alarm clock informed me it was four a.m. Had the noise been real, or had I been dreaming? My brain fired up and I took in my surroundings. I’d spent two months living with my mother in my childhood home following my sudden relocation back to South Wales. I’d only moved into my own place a few days earlier and was disorientated. Bed, furniture, dressing gown draped over the chair- all mine, definitely my bedroom, no one else in the room with me, all good. So what the hell was that noise?

My anxiety levels were sky high. It had been a terrible year, one brimming with violence and death. I couldn’t take another emotional or physical beating; I hoped my imagination was playing tricks on me. Please don’t let this be anything more than a dream, I prayed.

I tentatively reached across the nightstand to flick on the lamp, but quickly retracted my hand. What if there is someone in the house? There could be someone downstairs. You don’t want to let them know you’re up here. Think Sophie, is that what woke you up, could that have caused the noise you heard – was it a bang, something smashing? It might be better to err on the side of caution. Take a breath, think before you do anything.

Slipping my legs from under the duvet I padded over to the window and quietly pulled the cord to lift the blind. It was dark outside. Dawn wouldn’t surface for several hours, but the street lamp at the bottom of the garden afforded me a little light. The town council switched them on early during the winter months.

Everything outside looked peaceful. The gate at the bottom of the path knocked rhythmically against its post in the cold January wind. I must have failed to close it properly.

Another noise. Was it a noise? Did I really hear something? Yep, definitely coming from downstairs. Blood whooshed through my ears as my heart began pumping adrenaline through my body. Someone else was in my house. Someone was moving downstairs. Oh my God, no, not here. How could he have found me? Why now? I’ve been moving on. I didn’t even tell.

My body froze in panic, but something deep in my gut forced my brain into action. There was no way I was going to give in after I’d battled for so long and so hard to stay alive, to survive. Nobody was going to rob me of that, or anything else for that matter. I quickly assessed my options, but they didn’t add up to much.

I could hide out in my room and hope that the intruder would go of their own accord. Perhaps they’d just be an ordinary burglar – they’d be in and out. They’d take my purse, mobile phone and keys which I’d left in the kitchen and escape but I could replace things. At least I’d be alive and unharmed.

But what if I just stayed put and they came upstairs, perhaps looking for things of higher value? Based on my experience, it was more likely that it was some sicko who would then have me penned in. I’d have no escape and be at their mercy. I wasn’t ever going to let that happen to me again.

Thoughts machine gunned their way through my brain, but I decided to come down on the side of braving it, going downstairs and confronting my intruder. Maybe, I’d be lucky and it would just be a petty thief, more scared of me than I of him. But on the other hand, perhaps it was him. If so, I was probably dead already, may as well get it over with.

 

 

~~Andi’s Review~~

Okay so to be completely honest I read this book but never felt that I was part of it.  From the very beginning I was kinda meh about it and there were just inconsistencies that threw me off.  I am rating it a 3 because while I didn’t like it, I showed it to my husband and he was instantly enthralled which means that to me it has some merit.  I could never connect with Sophie and honestly I connected with Charlie, her cat more than I did her.  There are vampires in it so that was cool, and I like the overall story.

 

It is well written and has the British humor that I enjoy so there are shining spots.  Right now it is on sale for $0.99 and so I don’t think that it is an unreasonable purchase.

 

The overall premise and plot are very interesting and I think that the series could turn into something really good so I am looking out for the second in the series and I will read it.

 

 

 

3 stars

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