Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…
Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?
And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.
In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…
I really enjoyed Zoe’s previous books, so I was really looking forward to reading her latest one. I loved the way Benjamin, Zack’s and Lucy’s stories were woven together in a mixture of dark fantasy and realism. The characters each leapt off the page and I enjoyed being sucked into their adventures. The story was well-paced, not feeling too fast or slow anywhere. You get to know the characters throughout the story as it unfolds; this is a book that keeps you guessing and wondering what twists and turns might be around the corner. Having loved Zoe’s first two books, I also thoroughly enjoyed this one. It’s a twisty, pacy read that’ll keep you hooked till the end.
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Author bio: Mild-mannered editor by day, puppet-master of broken souls by night.