Science fiction and fantasy
The Dead Girls' Dance
by Rachel Caine
Tensions escalate when a murder takes place in Morganville's claustrophobically close-knit community. It's not merely a matter of finding the culprit, however, but also of finding a way to avoid more bloodshed as various factions try to manipulate the situation for their own ends. The residents of the Glass house are dangerously short of allies, and they don't know who they can turn to when everyone seems like an enemy.
The story is very pacey with fangs, abductions, stand-offs, chasing around and more adding to the action. But Eve and Claire still find the opportunity to dress up and go partying. It's sweet the way cute teenage antics are mixed with the perils of psychos and vampires. Claire has all the usual hassles of growing up, magnified by the addition of monsters of various stripes.
Since Claire is only sixteen there's a limit to the things she can legally do. However this doesn't stop Rachel Caine from writing some sizzling, if somewhat chaste, love scenes.
A certain part of the mystery of the events in the book gets introduced early on, but then it's left relatively undeveloped during this story. It's as though this thread is more of a set-up for the next book in the series than a part of this one. Eve's diary at the end fills in certain details, but it doesn't quite round things off and as a result I was left with the impression that the book was incomplete.
However, on the whole The Dead Girls' Dance is a satisfying read. It's fast, cute, sassy and tense, and a great bit of escapism.
17th August 2011
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