Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde

The Nowicki house looked not only totally dark but almost intimidating.

Kerry got her key out of the poket of the backpack and started up the walk, Ethan's headlights lighting her way.

Kerry put her hand on the doorknob, but before she even got the key in, the door swung open. Odd for her father not to lock up, but maybe he was at one of the neighbors' and had left thinking he'd only be away a few minutes, maybe he hadn't counted on being away after dark.

Kerry groped for the light switch.

The living room was a wreck.

Not WRECK as in it-hadn't-been-cleaned-in-a-week. WRECK as in pictures askew, furniture tossed around, cushions slit.

Kerry whirled around just in time to see Ethan pulling away from the curb. "Wait!" she cried. She dropped her backpack and raced across the lawn.

He turned the car around and pulled up in front of the house. The light from the open door spilled brightly on the front stoop. No sign of movement. "Wait here," he told her. He left the car door open and didn't turn off the engine.

Kerry watched apprehensively as Ethan walked up the driveway.

When she got to the house, Ethan hadn't moved beyond the living room. She had tried to be quiet, just in case the intruders were still in there, but when she saw what he was looking at—the red writing on the wall—she gasped.

VAMPIRE, the writing said, WE HAVE YOUR FAMILY.


Oh. My. God. This book has me completely BLOWN away. At first I was a bit skeptical, as I normally am of any story that's written in 3rd person point of view. But my God this book has proved me wrong. At several points in the story I forgot it was even in 3rd person and kept reminding myself each time i saw the words "she," "he," etc. Vivian had me hooked pretty much from the beginning line "When Ian came into Kerry's room to ask for a favor, it never occured to her that her four-year-old brother could ask her to do something that might get her killed." On several occasions I wanted to leap into the story and yell at Ethan to stop lying to Kerry and, toward the end, to yell at Kerry for betraying Ethan the way she did. Anyway, this story had so many twists I almost couldn't keep up and the way you felt like you were Kerry the ENTIRE time the story was told was absolutely wonderful. I give Vivian mad props for such an amazing story.



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