Motherless Child

Tor. May 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780765337450. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466834415. HORROR
When vampire musician the Whistler first sees Natalie through the window of a Waffle House in North Carolina, he knows he has to have her. She's his Destiny. So he turns Natalie and her best friend Sophie and leaves them to finish their transformation on their own. Then, he will claim Natalie, and they can begin their eternal lives together. There's just one problem—Mother, the woman who turned him and who has been his companion for endless years, isn't ready for their relationship to end. When Natalie realizes what she and Sophie are becoming, she leaves her infant son (and forces Sophie to do the same) in the care of her mother and orders her to take the babies and run—and never let Natalie find her. What follows is a battle of wills that culminates in a fight to the death among all the major players. Readers will be surprised to see who is left standing at the end.
VERDICT If there's one thing the world doesn't need, it's another vampire novel, and something it needs even less is another vampire love story. Thankfully, Shirley Jackson Award winner Hirshberg (The Snowman's Children) didn't write a vampire novel, but he did write a love story that is about strength, courage, love, and the overwhelming force and power of motherhood. Readers looking for a Twilight knockoff will be disappointed. The rest will be pleasantly surprised and quite possibly moved by this artfully written tale.
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