Friday, September 2, 2011

BLOOD SECRETS by Jeannie Holmes

Alexandra Sabian Book 2
Publisher: Bantam Books
Date published: July 2011
ISBN: 9780553592689
Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via publisher

Jeannie Holmes is back with the second book in her Alexandra Sabian series, BLOOD SECRETS, a dark and disturbing police procedural interspersed with paranormal mythology.

The follow-up to Jeannie Holmes’ BLOOD LAW, BLOOD SECRETS finds heroine Alex Sabian reinstated to the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation and partnering with former fiancĂ© and mentor Varik Baudelaire. The pair is tasked with locating a missing college student. A villain from Varik’s mysterious past, the Dollmaker, has resurfaced and unbeknownst to them is targeting Alex. Their investigation takes Alex on a journey of discovery that could have serious consequences on her fragile relationship with Varik.

Jeannie Holmes’ BLOOD SECRETS is a high intensity race to stay one step ahead of a killer. The action is constant, the mystery and suspense is intense and the revelations keep coming. The characters, especially the Dollmaker, are well thought out and multidimensional. This reader especially enjoyed the way the Dollmaker’s story weaved in and out of the relationship Alex and Varik were building throughout the story, leading to some real edge of your seat intensity. The police work and mythology lent interest to the story.

BLOOD SECRETS was able to stand on its own without any real difficulties. My only real stumbling point with this book was Varik’s dialogue. This reader had built up an image of Varik that seemed to conflict with the way he spoke again and again throughout the story. Perhaps this dichotomy was explained in the first book (that unfortunately, this reader has yet to read).

Urban fantasy fans that take pleasure in dark and gritty police procedurals mixed with vampire mythology are bound to enjoy BLOOD SECRETS. Jeannie Holmes is an author this reader will keep an eye on the lookout for.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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