Thank you, Shaun Baines, for the delightful review.
The Dead Game by Susanne Leist
The setting is a strong part of this book for me and I loved the location of Oasis as a bohemian beachside resort. On the surface, it is bright and colourful, but underneath it has its ancient secrets – one of which is the existence of vampires.
The author has a new take on this folklore. Vampires have splintered off into different factions, each with their own unique role in the human world. Naturally, this creates tension and provides a backdrop to the action.
Linda and Shana are human and the main protagonists. They have a strong, but an impish relationship which is tested as they investigate the disappearances of tourists and residents alike. They are aided by their friends and by a handful of others whose changing allegiances sow seeds of doubt everywhere.
Added to this is a rich palette of gods and demons and spellcasters, lending the book a strong fantasy element. However, there are also strands of horror, suspense, and romance as Linda falls for the enigmatic Todd, who is not who he seems.
With its florid imagery, The Dead Game has a cinematic quality, reminding me of the film The Lost Boys. They both have playful savagery, placing them apart (and for me personally, above) the Twilight series.
From under the sea
they have come for me.
Rising from the deep
they come when I sleep.
Through the small town, they roam,
looking for a new home.
Blending with tourists at day,
but at night they get to play.
Bloodthirsty as they are,
they don’t have to go far.
They take sustenance within reach,
leaving dead bodies on the beach.
Tourists flee the hotel
before they’re doomed to hell.
The evil one walks tall.
Our town will surely fall.
PREY FOR THE DEAD
I may be living in an oasis,
Where the sun shines on a daily basis.
Florida has beautiful flowers and beaches,
But what it may be hiding are deadly leeches.
Dark shadows are following me right now.
I need to escape but I don’t know how.
I don’t want to become like that dead woman.
I don’t even know if the shadows are human.
THE DEAD GAME SERIES