Key to Justice
Talia Gryphon
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Key to Justice (Gillian Key)
Talia Gryphon
304 pages
March 2010
rated 1 of 5 possible stars

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Key to Justice is the first Talia Gryphon book I've read. Correction - this is the first Talia Gryphon book I've attempted to read; I gave up halfway through. I don't think I'll try any others if this book is representative of its author.

There were a few good aspects of this book, including a varied cast of characters. Extremely varied, in fact. Most of the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night seem to be featured. The love interest for heroine Gillian Key - a vampire called Aleksei Rachlav - is also an impressive chap, although it isn't clear what he sees in Gillian. And perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but her job as a sometime sex therapist, which involves sleeping with her clients, doesn't make for complete believability in the romantic plot thread. That's ignoring her 'revirginization,' which apparently occurred in the previous book (which I haven't read and won't be looking for).

So I've moved from the good points to the bad points, but there are a lot of them. Dodgy dialogue, juddering plot, unsympathetic heroine... these all served to make me give up reading at page 97, just after our heroine had been kidnapped by Dracula. I had a nasty suspicion the story wasn't going to get any better so decided it was best to leave the book there. I was also getting a bit confused by all the characters popping up in the story - presumably from the previous books, but for a new reader, it was just too much.

Maybe if you read and enjoyed the previous two books this one might work for you, but for those of you out there who haven't yet tried this author, I suspect there are better ways to spend your money.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2011

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