Heinrich Straus, an eight-hundred year old German vampire, is on the run-from his past, from his crimes...from himself. Looking for a place to settle, Santo Paulo, a quiet, central California college town, seems to offer everything he's looking for: peace, quiet, and friendly people. It's not long before he is noticed by one of the local college students, who endeavors to win his heart. Concurrently with his arrival, however, local detectives uncover the serial murders of young women, and fix their sights on Heinrich. Even with a daughter of Santo Paulo as his champion, Heinrich finds that being a vampire makes proving his innocence complicated...
- Publisher: Darkling Books
- Release Date: December 13th 2010
- My Copy: Received From Author.
- Pages: 298
- Genre: Paranormal Suspense
- Author’s Website
With the Twilight series being at the forefront of people's minds when you see a vampire book on the bookshelves it must be hard for writer's to get people to read their take on a vampire story. Merton's The Deviant focuses on how a vampire feels when he falls in love with a normal human girl. Also as you can see by the cover he has a dog! We are taken slowly through the vampires past and his future does not look good. Can love really save him?
Heinrich (the vampire) is after salvation and he makes friends along the way but within this there is a spate of murders going on in the town and he knows he could soon be top suspect.I liked that Heinrich was a traditional vampire with none of the newer traits associated so the writing wasn't trying to hard. That said the writing might seem a little over the top as you are taken to a minute by minute guide of all Heinrich's conversations but it's done in a way that is truly fascinating.
All the little mundane things actually are interesting. Although this takes the story away from the mystery side of the tale and I'm afraid this side of the story didn't surprise and even his relationship with Hope didn't set the emotions going. My one major personal gripe is there are a few typos which I tend to find stand out like a sore thumb but that said cannot argue with this being a good read.
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