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BEHIND BLUE EYES 
by D.M. Wolfenden


If there is at all such a genre as a “vampire novel”, this book is definitely not a typical one, and those who like to read vampire stories will certainly enjoy the uniqueness of this novel. The only apparent cliché is the origin of one of the characters – “from Transylvania”. Other than that most of the “building blocks” of the story are fresh and original. In her book, D.M. Wolfenden is concentrated more on storytelling than on the development of the plot around well-built characters. But this is not such a big downside considering that this is a first novel by an obviously very talented author. There is a little bit of everything in here – a family saga, mystery thriller, romance… And yes, the story is very interesting, it flows and keeps readers attention from the first to the last page.

For me, the biggest asset of this novel is that the author manages to present a vampire story as a very engaging morality tale where borders between good and evil are blurred, where everybody is a victim and a culprit at the same time. The main character vampire Cain is tormented by his blood lust, agonizing over terrible acts he has done. Readers will see him as a positive character in spite of the fact that he is a vampire. He is trying to guide and protect from evil a young girl Mia, who is the heroine of the story. His love for her is genuine and very human. At the same time there is an “evil” vampire named Vasile, and Cain is out for revenge against Vasile. There are also some “evil” human characters who “deserve” to be punished for their wrongdoings.

In “Behind Blue Eyes”, the author created a believable world of vampires coexisting with the world of mortal humans. For those who, for whatever reason, enjoy violent bloody scenes, body-mutilations and all other cruel travesties of the imaginary realm of vampires, this is a place to dwell. On a certain level, this story could be even viewed as an allegorical representation of the world we live in. This is probably, in my opinion, the strongest and most valuable side of the D.M. Wolfenden’s novel.

At the end, I cannot but think that this novel has a great potential and could be a great base for an exciting screenplay. It was a pleasant read, and in spite of some inconsistencies in the plot development, a real page-turner that I highly recommend even if one is not a vampire story lover.

Review by Stevan V. Nikolic

Kindle Edition,  340 pages
Published March 27th 2013   
ASIN B00C2UAK8S
Edition language: English

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