Saturday Screams #37 ~ Thea

Posted: September 2, 2017 in horror, reviews
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Welcome to my Saturday Screams.

I’ve not been reading many vampires stories but this one caught my eye. The cover is creepy and the blurb pushed me to give it a try.

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Thea

A Vampire Story

by Steven Jenkins

My Review

This story was a nasty little piece of work. In a good way.

Thea is a young teen with an over protective alcoholic mother, Sarah. Things come to a head when her mother does something truly horrific while in a drunken stupor.

Told from two points of view, you really get inside these two gals heads. See what motivates them. Why they push each other to the limit.

What I found interesting was the vampire angle. People know they exist, though many believe they’re extinct. They’re taught about them in school, but since most have never encountered one, it’s more like an urban legend to them. It becomes real in a way you wouldn’t expect.

At first I felt sorry for Sarah. She lost her oldest daughter to suicide and keeps tight control over her younger daughter, Thea, fearing drugs and boys will lead her to the same end. I could almost understand her escape into the bottle. But Sarah isn’t really likeable. Every little thing has her guzzling booze until she’s practically comatose.

Thea is a young girl, ready to find herself, but her mother won’t let her do anything. She gets it. Her mother worries she’ll make the same mistakes. But Thea isn’t her sister and she’s tired of being kept under such tight control. I didn’t blame her for acting out, doing things she knew would anger her mother.

Eventually, it gets so bad you know something has to give. And when it does, all the feels come into play. A disturbing story becomes a horrific one.

Loved the ending. When I went into this I didn’t realize there was a second book. Never fear. There’s no cliff hanger. The author leaves it open for more though, and I’m curious to see where he goes.

4 Stars

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Synopsis

How far would you go to protect your child?

Vampires are real – hidden among us, concealing their lust for human blood. But monsters come in many forms. Teenage boys, drug addiction, underage sex – single mother Sarah battles to keep these demons from her daughters.

As the long nights of worry start to feed Sarah’s paranoia, she must take desperate measures to save her family.

Although sometimes, the only way to kill a monster…

…is to become one.

This book is currently free on Amazon. Click HERE to grab a copy.

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Comments
  1. Sounds like it could be interesting.

  2. Hmmm, I wonder what she did.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Greg Hill says:

    Ooh a creepy cover and a creepy blurb! Sounds like a good one,a nd I like books that continue but don’t do so with a cliffhanger. :)

  4. I’m assuming this is the same author who did Burn the Dead-I liked book one a lot but the others not so much. Figured I’d grab this and see what he does with vampires since it was free!

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