It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here…
A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents’ Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen — a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen — and that the nightmare they’ve thought long ended is only beginning. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Putnam Books #Partner for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. ALl opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
Fantastic, Brilliant, Dark, Delicious. The words that come to mind after finishing this one. And what better month to read it, than October.
The writing was so well done, and the story was so macabre. I loved everything about this book. Book Nerd confession here, I’ve never read Dracula, so I am glad that I got to read this prequel first. At some point in my lifetime, I do need to read Dracula though. From page One, I felt something sinister brewing, it was a like a dark presence lingering around, waiting to be found.
This book is told in alternating chapters, with multiple perspectives, and superbly done, might I add. I am so in love with this book, everything from the outside in. I will warn you though, if you can’t handle high amounts of dark horror, murder, gore, scary, don’t pick this one up, this is NOT for the faint of heart.
It was an interesting way to gain perspective on Bram Stoker, and his family. His sickly youth, and the things that were done to treat him. Very interesting, also make sure not to skip the Afterword. There is amazing information in there, and it really just accentuates your reading experience.
“She was there at my beginning, and will no doubt be there for my end, as I was for hers. This was, and always shall be, our dance.”
-Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker