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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

V. C. Andrews: "Daughter of Darkness"

Author: V. C. Andrews
Daughter of Darkness (so far, a stand-alone novel)
 Plot Type: UF
Ratings: V3, S3, H1
Publisher: Gallery Books (Division of Simon & Schuster)

     In her initial foray into the world of vampires, Andrews takes a fresh approach in this stand-alone novel about a vampire and his beautiful daughters, all of whom have been told that they are adopted.  Sergio Patio, the two-hundred-year-old head of the family, rules the roost with his charm and his undercurrents of danger.

     His three daughters and his "housekeeper" are devoted to him and cater to his every wish and desire. The family moves frequently from city to city, and the girls are ordered to make no friendsparticularly no boyfriends. The middle daughter, Lorelei, begins to question her real parentage and wonders about frequent and mysterious goings on that involve young men brought home by the oldest (Ava) for brief and violent "visits" with Daddy.  In answer to her questions, Lorelei is continually told to be patient, that it will soon be "her turn." 

     Needless to say, Lorelei is not patient, and she eventually uncovers horrible family secrets that she finds impossible to accept, particularly when she meets and falls for Buddy, who may be her father's next "visitor."  Although there are a few scenes that include violence and sensuality, no graphic details are included.

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