I'm always a little nervous when reading new vampire stories. It seems the majority of them always fall into a cliché or stereotype category. Rarely is the vampire genre given a fresh new look on the monsters. Morven Westfield didn't just take a risk in writing a modern vampire story, however, she's writing a whole series.
Darksome Thirst is the first book in that series. There were a great many good things I found while reading the book, but I won't lie and say there weren't any Bad, or Ugly for that matter. I don't believe in book bashing, so this won't be a flame review, but I won't keep it one-sided either. Hopefully this will be a fair attempt at rating all sides of the book. The story isn't about one particular character, but actually a great many. Most work in a computer environment, but the reader also falls into the point of view of supernatural club members and even the vampires themselves. The reader gets to learn a lot about the character's jobs (too much) and lifestyles, but the point of view changes every other paragraph making it very hard to concentrate on what's actually happening to what character.
If I were forced to only pick on only one thing about this book, it would be the
ridiculously often change in point of view. Each 12-page chapter has at least 6 character changes. It was a writing style that I never got used to, ever. I'm still not sure what characters went through what simply because they all mixed together as I read along.
On a more positive note, I loved Westfield's inclusion in folklore and superstition information. You can tell she's either well educated in the subjects or researched them extensively. There was also some characterization where one of the computer programmers often thinks about the vitamins she takes, and some interesting back story about one of the girl's ex-boyfriends. Simple yet impressive
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Morven Westfield is a very talented author, you can tell that much from reading Darksome Thirst, but there were definitely some flaws in at least this story. First, it took what felt like forever for any action to take place, however that slump may be accounted for the tricky prose where choppy point of view switches made picking up the book more of a chore than a joy. Knowing it was a series and the ending wouldn't be an ending at all, but a "To Be Continued" didn't increase my excitement either. That being said, I'm sure I'll end up reading the next book in the series just to see what happens next.