UK Author Writing Space Adventure
Whitby After Dark is kind of targeted at the YA reader so it is not a book that would normally appear on my “to read list”, but I’m trying to discover new stories and deliberately going out of my comfort zone to do so.
Whitby After Dark is a fast paced vampire story; it can be dark at times and funny at others. It’s a story that wears its influences on its sleeve yet still remains original. It has to be said there is a real True Blood feel to the story – but it does not feel derivative. I also felt there was more than a passing nod to the Lost Boys.
The text can get dark on occasions, but offsets this with humour. I think this works to reflect the ideas of a natural and supernatural world kind of butting up against each other.
The characters are well drawn, although there are quite a few and on occasion I lost track of who was who. This was not to the detriment of the story as it was easy enough to get back on track.
Now the book is short and that’s both a strength and a weakness. I really liked it as a shot of espresso fiction; a quick action filled, thoughtful read.
I would have liked it to have been longer, maybe a little more sense of place with deeper descriptions. I would like there have to been more Whitby (it’s town with character and I think the book would have really benefited from bringing the location to the fore).
There were a a couple of plot points that could have been expanded more and I suspect the author will do this in later volumes. These are small points because as a novella it does what it’s supposed to do, it lets you escape to a more exciting world for a couple of hours.