Science fiction and fantasy
by Rachel Caine
Morganville is a small town with secrets, and the place itself seems to cast spells on the people who live there. A veneer of respectability covers up all of the bloodthirsty goings-on. There's a lot of breathless running from place to place as the main characters try to avoid getting bitten or beaten up, and some of this appears a touch excessive. But before it gets tedious the plot twists and turns about, injecting variety into the story and challenging our expectations.
Romance is obviously in the air with a house full of young men and women thrown together under pressure. It's a little fluffy and sweet as the characters play cute games along the lines of who can be the most protective of the others. The love interest is predictable in terms of who falls for who, but that's okay. It doesn't detract from the emotional impact of this part of the story.
However the mystery aspect is on slightly shakier ground. Claire is supposed to be smart, but I was surprised by her lack of curiosity at certain points in the narrative, when she's inclined to sleep on a problem instead of getting to the root of it no matter what, like a bloodhound.
However Glass Houses is an exciting vampire thriller with a packed, fast-paced story. It's very, very readable. Although the characters can be denser than they should be they're likeable and intriguing. The book ends with a bang, drawing readers in effectively and making you want to read more about Claire Danvers and her world.
9th May 2011
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