Zorka Circus’s big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, children vanish.
Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. He must find the culprit before anyone else disappears and his home is destroyed by the murders.
Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravedigging ghouls. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict code, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.
When more bodies turn up, the killer's trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable…
Length - 284 Pages
Rating - 5 Stars
Bloodwalker is the first novel I have read of Cain's, and little did I know what I was in for. Centered around a murder mystery, this story keeps the reader pinned in place. You won't want to put this book down, although it may prove to be nightmare inducing - myself included. That said, I would recommend this book to lovers of a thrill or two, as well as those who wouldn't usually find themselves reading this genre.
The story is centered around the murder of children and of protagonists, Rurik - a circus strongman turned security guard, and Sylvie - a bloodwalker. These two characters initially cross paths, yet are thrown together again once a string of murders unfold. There's a lot to be said about these protagonists, especially in regards to Cain's ability to write characters with such enticing backgrounds. There is no doubt these two will capture you.
The story itself moves with ease. The chapters flow so well you won't want to put this book down. Cain's ability to create a sense of suspense not only makes this novel, it's an insight into just how talented she is as a writer. The scenes are set perfectly. The suspense is heightened. Readers will no doubt find themselves second guessing what they have read just to crack the mystery.
And then there's the prose. Cain has an apt ability to stop the reader dead in their tracks if only to re-read a perfectly thought out sentence. There were so many moments in this novel I thought: 'Yes.' Moments that made the bibliophile in me grin with delight.
Bloodwalker is a novel I highly recommend. It's eerie, action-packed, thought-provoking and well written.
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