Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
It has been ten years since Avery Tullinger and her boyfriend were attacked by a crazy woman with a knife, ten years since her boyfriend died and ten years since she for all intent and purposes gave up living as well. Avery suffers from agoraphobia and now at the age of twenty-seven she barely leaves her apartment. After years of therapy her doctor has finally gotten her to the point where she is willing to leave her home and move into the mansion left to her by her father, a father she hasn’t seen in nearly twenty years and who took his own life.
As a web designer instead of the police officer she always dreamed of becoming she is able to work at home another excuse to not leave the house. The house her father left to her is called Whickering Place and it is huge just another place with more room for her to lose herself in. She has two tenants living in the house, two brothers a doctor and a phlebotomist so the idea of two elderly gentlemen living there gives her a small sense of security. Unfortunately, the elderly gentlemen are anything but, they are young and handsome but still she isn’t alone.
Maris Manners her father’s attorney has taken Avery under her wing and keeps insisting that the house is too much for her to handle especially with her disease and is more than willing to buy it, it sounds good to Avery but she is not ready to just walk away yet. Then the unbelievable happens, strange noises, a ringing phone that isn’t hooked up and her father’s journals outlining his experience with demons and vampires. The vampires in this book are not the living dead just humans who practice drinking blood and sacrifices. These humans are scarier than the real vampires because blood is not a need to survive but just a means to torture and kill.
Colin Gallagher and Pearse Gallagher are two totally different people in spite of being brothers; Colin is a doctor and quite normal unlike Pearse who always seems to disappear, is moody and sometimes seems to be covered in blood. Through her father’s journals and Pearse’s confessions Avery learns about the existence of the Colony, a cult who have a very strong attachment to the Whickering Place and the demons who reside there want Avery and the house.
At this point in my review it would be so easy for me to reveal what happens but I won’t. I will say that there were times I had to close the book to catch my breath that was how intense this book was but I didn’t stay away for long because I had to continue reading. A lot happens to Avery, Colin and Pearse and a lot is still left to learn. My only complaint is that I have to wait until next year to get more answers as to what happens to Avery, but I will wait for my next fix.