Author: Lynda Hilburn
The Vampire Shrink is the first release from Jo Fletcher Books, the new fantasy and science fiction imprint of Quercus Publishing, and what a debut offering. This is the first book about Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist, and it sets the tone for an exciting series that will potentially never run out of new stories.
Hilburn’s writing style is deliciously descriptive making for an extremely atmospheric tale, always a plus when reading paranormal novels and especially when there is also an element of romance. I found myself feeling the pressure of the smoke machine induced fog on my lungs and seeing the sunsets on my inner eyelids. This style goes a long way towards effectively setting the mood and creating a tension that you can feel.
Dr Kismet Knight is a young psychologist who has quite a bit of her own baggage. Her baggage made her more believable and much easier to empathise with. A very literal psychologist who believes what she can see and test and prove finds it very difficult to expand her beliefs to include the paranormal and everything associated with it.
A very literal, and stubborn, mind can rationalise away the evidence that is before their eyes given the right circumstances and once that option is removed it seems that mind can also accept an almost endless stream of the impossible. We watch as Kismet grows through all of these stages to a whole new level of existence where her mind has been opened to endless possibilities.
Kismet Knight, in the beginning the name stuck in my throat a little so to speak. It’s a predictable name for involvement with vampires and it fits the atmosphere along with Midnight, Emerald and Devereux. But in the beginning it really didn’t seem to fit the literal, focused, analytical Dr Knight. As I sit and think about it now and try to put into words it occurs to me that maybe it’s a better fit than I first thought.
One troubled teen client opened the door to a whole new direction for Dr Knight, and it was not the one she had been expecting. Who knew that not only do vampires exist, but even they have their issues.
Taking on the role of vampire psychologist to a horde of wannabe teens with undead fascination seemed like a fabulous basis for a bestselling book and a sensational stepping stone for her career. It turned out to be more a case of being careful what you wish for because you may just get it and it may not be wannabe’s!
Hilburn crosses genres and weaves fantasy strands together so that we have vampires crossing dimensions, not to mention steamy graphic romance, mystery and a large side order of gore. A vampire book with it all! Fangy blood and gore courtesy of the resident psychos right alongside steamy romance that will have you weak at the knees.
A book I really didn’t want to put down, until I got to the last 10 pages and realised I didn’t want it to end! I can’t wait to see what’s next for Dr. Kismet Knight and her clientele.