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The Scribbled Victims

Narrated by: Laura Bannister
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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Living the immortal life of a vampire hasn’t been easy for Yelena Solodnikova. With all her heart, she loved the ancient vampire Marcel, who made her, and expected to spend eternity with him. But after over a century together, Marcel disappeared without a word, leaving Yelena brokenhearted. To make things more difficult, Yelena goes completely against the nature of her vampiric race by developing a conscience, and begins to feel guilt for all the mortals she kills each night in Los Angeles.

A chance encounter with 12-year-old orphan Orly Bialek changes everything for Yelena, as Orly has a supernatural gift. Orly is able to scribble portraits of people and see the evil deeds they have committed. With Orly’s ability to find predators of all sorts - murderers, rapists, drug dealers - roaming the streets of Los Angeles, she is able to provide Yelena a way to feed without feeling guilty even when the deaths are violent and torturous.

The pair bonds quickly, forming a mother/daughter relationship, and this begins to heal Yelena’s broken heart while allowing Orly, who has lived in a string of foster homes, to feel loved for the first time. It’s the perfect symbiotic relationship except for one thing - Orly is rapidly dying of leukemia.

If Yelena allows Orly to die, she will lose the daughter she has come to love, as well as the guilt-free meals she’s grown accustomed to. But if Yelena saves Orly’s life by turning her into a vampire, not only will she be going against the rules of vampiric tradition, she will be dooming Orly to an eternal existence devoid of true romantic love, as Orly will always appear to those around her, both mortals and immortals alike, as untouchable, as she will forever be trapped in the body of a child.

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"A traditional vampire tale with an emphatic emotional core." (Kirkus Reviews)
 

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A vampire tale for adults

At its core, 'The Scribbled Victims' centres upon love. A need for it, a desire for it, pain from it and most tragically, a life not lived with it.

But this book is so much more than just a love story; exploring dark themes and concepts beyond the usual vampire genre. Full of intrigue and suspense, the narrative maintains a steady build as the story progresses, keeping hold of its secrets and not exposing them until the very end.

The characters are compelling, further enticing the reader to learn the individual motives and perspectives that drive them; helping establish and maintain a vested interest in their actions and choices throughout.

The judgement of one in aid of facilitating their own needs is certainly put under scrutiny as questions surrounding morality are explored. The narrative delivers a thriller style at times, delving deeper into the nastier and darker side of humanity and suffering.

Although set against a backdrop of adult sexual pleasure and gratification, central protagonist Orly is but a child. Innocence and purity of youth is sought to be protected and cherished, yet our understanding of what it means to grow and age, live, love and die becomes increasingly poignant.

The ending leaves a level of suspense, ready for answers to be found, characters grown and new beginnings begun. Anticipation of the next instalment is underway as soon as the last sentence is read.

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  • donna
  • 23-06-19

Unexpected vampire ( NOT A YA category)

treat, I was surprise at how much I liked this book. I figured it to be ambient mind candy but it was better than that and has room to grow. This is NOT a YA novel it is very much and adult story with a young person at risk, but with special powers. Just when you think it’s going to fall apart it holds together. There is a set up for the next book and I look forward to the next one.

Worth your time cash or credit if the subject interest you.

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  • Nikki Gantt
  • 12-06-19

Amazing Listen!

This book kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time and I found myself craving to listen to it when I couldn't. I was sad when the characters were sad and happy when they were happy. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to part 2!