Review: The Descendant
Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake – a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions. In fact, the only things familiar to Allison are her seemingly common ailments – insomnia, lack of appetite, erratic body temperature – which have gone undiagnosed and are worsening.
But Vincent knows exactly who, and what, Allison is – a mortal descendant of the first vampire. He is a vampire who has watched over Allison and her ancestors since the Biblical times of Cain and Abel ensuring their secret is kept. Once he realizes Allison’s symptoms are accelerating and transforming her, he’ll stop at nothing to have her.
Vincent tells Allison that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. Her worsening symptoms mean that she must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and damning her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has – the first descendant-turned-vampire.
I read A LOT of vampire/paranormal books and I can say with all honesty that Ms Grealis has taken a unique approach that drew me in and kept me reading to see what would happen next. Poor Allison has a great marriage to an awesome guy but she is experiencing completely unexplainable health issues. No matter what doctor she goes to, she can get no answers. Actually they all think she is crazy! The only time she truly feels peace is when she dreaming.
Allison wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car accident and no memories but of the distant past. Her best friend and the beautiful Vincent help her begin to rebuild what she has lost. The unfortunate side effect is that things are just not fitting together. You will have to read the book to see how it all plays out because there is no way to tell you more without spoilers and I HATE SPOILERS!!!
I will tell you that Ms Grealis is an amazing writer. She has written this book with ties to the Biblical stories we have all heard throughout our lives. She has included mystery, suspense, thrills and intrigue with a little spice of the sensual to keep you wanting more. This book is definitely not your girl meets vampire, turns into vampire and they ride off into the moonlight together story. Do not expect fluff! DO expect a story that grabs you and refuses to let you go. Expect a story that has you yelling at the characters and wanting more when you reach the last page.
I will be very interested to see where Ms Grealis takes Allison’s journey in her next book!
Review by Julia for ILVN