Image of Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)

KISS THE DEAD

Image of Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)

In this, the 21st book of the Anita Blake series, little has changed from recent volumes. If you like those recent installments, you will probably enjoy this one. Still, while heroine Anita is faced with a challenging case, her personal life threatens to overwhelm on every page. She’s seemingly more fussed with stumbling in her inappropriate stilettos at a crime scene than she is by accidentally sucking the energy from her lovers. This book feels unbalanced and unfocused.

When a young girl is abducted, it’s up to Anita and her partners to find her. But finding the girl only brings more questions than answers, as they discover a strange group of vampires they’ve never seen before: vampires who are really ordinary people. Recently turned and willing to die for their master, they are perhaps the most dangerous thing Anita has recently encountered. But, Anita remains a thing that goes bump in the night, so they’re pretty scared of her, too. (BERKLEY, Jun., 368 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed by: 
Elise Tobler