Besides delivering a terrific tale of supernatural sleuthing, Stein expertly unveils
the emotional first-person conflict driving Anna as she struggles to face the reality
of her new vampire existence while trying to hold on to her old life. This second chapter provides edge-of-your-seat thrills and
a high-octane emotional punch. It's a keeper!
Carolyn, an old girlfriend of Anna's long-deceased brother Steve, turns up saying that her 13-year-old daughter, Trish, has run away. Carolyn also makes the startling claim that Trish is Steve's daughter. Anna agrees to look for the girl, but what she discovers is a web of lies and human child predators that make her discovery of other supernatural creatures look tame. (ACE, Jul., 304 pp., $7.99)