Blood Therapy. Book Review

BLOOD THERAPY by Lynda Hilburn

Jo Fletcher Books, p/b, £14.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Kismet Knight is now well established as the vampire-wannabee psychologist, but what her peers don’t know is that her client base has now expanded to include actual vampires. Who would have thought vampires would suffer from failed relationships, lack of confidence and phobias just like humans? Her practice may be going well but her relationship with Devereux is on potentially rocky ground – it is so difficult for her to be around him without falling prey to his glamour.

Kismet is learning to adjust to a world in which vampires exist and trying to deal with her ongoing love triangle between Devereux and Alan. Confusion is at the forefront. The evil Lucifer is still pursuing her and neither Alan with his FBI skills nor Devereux with all his power as head of the coven can find the fiend. As if Kismet didn’t already have enough to worry about, it appears she can now see ghosts and finds herself faced with their repeated torments. Too much strangeness is definitely taking its toll.

The story picks up four weeks on from the end of The Vampire Shrink and continues Kismet’s forays into the supernatural in much the same vein. The story keeps unfolding to increase the levels of complexity, particularly in Kismet’s relationships with others and the hold they have over her. This is a very modern and mature approach to the subject that elevates itself from the standard vampire story.

Hilburn manages to incorporate elements of the oldest and most famous vampire legends as well as making some exploration, or commentary perhaps, on celebrity culture and the Twilight obsession. The fact that Kismet is an older heroine than most modern vampire stories is refreshing and she is a likeable heroine, easy to relate to, generally sensible and depicted in a realistic manner.

Some elements of realism in Blood Therapy, however, felt as though they were slipping a little too far off piste and were not wholly in sync with the tone of The Vampire Shrink. It is quirky, but most readers will find that endearing. Despite that change in tone this is an enjoyable series and promises even more to come in the next book as Kismet’s awareness continues to grow, plus she definitely has issues with other characters that still need to be resolved.