Vampire Shift by Tim O’Rourke.

11824848Kiera Hudson Series One, Book One

Kindle Edition

Published June 6th 2011 by Ravenwoodgreys

Kiera is a twenty year old constable, literally just out of the academy. She’s just been offered a position in The Ragged Cove, with an extra yearly bonus and free lodging. Cops don’t seem to last very long at The Ragged Cove, but Kiera isn’t deterred. She’s a talented young constable with a talent for ‘seeing’ things – clues and stuff that other police officers usually don’t notice straight away.

Once at The Cove, Kiera learns about a string of horrific murders – twenty over the past three years – and even investigates one on her very first night. Her fellow workers seem callous and mocking, all except for the good looking Luke Bishop – who is the closest thing that Kiera has to a friend, even if he isn’t always reliable.

Everywhere Kiera goes in The Ragged Cove, there are strange references to vampires. The bar/hotel where she’s staying has garlic strung up everywhere and bottles of holy water and crucifixes for sale.  She doesn’t think much of it, but as weird things keep happening to her, she forced to start believing.

Vampire Shift is a nice quick read that is very fast paced. The plot has more twists than you can poke a stick at and there is a great, creepy atmosphere. The town seems to be cut off completely from the outside world.

The ‘romance’ is nothing to write home about, but there’s plenty of other stuff to make up for it. The characters are all very quirky and/or creepy and mysterious – everyone seems off at one point or another.

As for Kiera’s gift of ‘seeing’ things – it’s kind of like in Psych, the way Shaun Spencer notices everything and puts clues together really well. Only Kiera does it all at once without really noticing and isn’t dramatic about it like Shaun (how great is Psych, by the way? It’s one of my favourite shows). It’s sort of a supernatural power, really.

I will definitely continue reading this series.

My rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads Rating: 3.95/5

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