Vampire Weekend

Mira: Harlequin. Jan. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780778386964. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
Louise Chao lives a solitary life as a vampire. Then people show up on her doorstep—her despised brother Stephen, now an aging grandfather, and his grandson Ian, whose mother is dying of cancer. Keeping their family ties under wraps, Louise is ready to move them along until she discovers that Ian holds the same passion for music as she does. As their relationship grows through guitar lessons and concerts, a blood shortage forces her to connect with the vampire community through their organizer’s new app. When Ian realizes Louise is a vampire, they are both drawn into situations that will change their lives, and Louise realizes that she has a chance to rediscover her family connection. The novel’s intriguing twists on vampire mythology, in relation to 21st-century existence, punk rock, and family dynamics, are weighed down by some slow exposition and superficial reveals, but Louise’s dynamic with Ian is a strong, central thread.
VERDICT Chen’s latest (after Light Years from Home) is an ode to a love for vampires, music, and family, where darker memories can be revealed in the light of the present day.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing