I could not finish the book.
I tried, I seriously tried...but I just couldn't make myself finish this latest installment from LK Hamilton. I was first attracted to this series because of its female lead and what she did for a living and her challenges dating in a supernatural world. But as the books went on it became less vampire hunting and more vampire (and supernatural)...humping. And now with this book, it's less humping and more talking...and talking...and...talking.
When I started reading the series, I just began taking reading as a serious hobby. So, I don't know if it's me not knowing a lot of authors and their different writing styles or if Hamilton, and my apologies to serious fans, just got lazy. I mean, I think there should be a limit to how many times one could use the phrase, "What does that mean?" in a book. It can almost be use as a drinking game at book clubs. ("Whoa, ladies, there it is! Everyone pick up their wine glasses!")
I was really hoping that this new story of Anita helping the FBI foil an illegal zombie porn ring would be bring back more action, suspense and mystery but any semblance of this story only appears at the very beginning and, what I assume, is at the very end. Instead we are given dialogue after dialogue of what lover she should join her group of "sweeties" and which bedfellows she must cuddle with in order to heal. Seriously, she couldn't get from the car to the showers in the Circus of the Damned (to wash off the shifting goo out of her hair) without her going through a gauntlet of chapters of just her finding out she had a school event she had to go to; met a new female guard and had to reprimand another new male guard for being clueless of who she was. Phew. There was probably more but I just got tired. But there was an interesting zombie raising Anita performed that may have tied in with the investigation.
If you're new to the series start at the very beginning with Guilty Pleasures. Those books kept me interested and I would have to say the one that I remember most is Obsidian Butterfly (I think Edward is a really interesting character). After about the 9th or 10th book it starts going from supernatural, suspense, thriller to supernatural, erotic, romance. And then in later books... just erotic, romance - which I really didn't mind...for a while.