Original publish date: 18 July 2014
I don’t think I could summarize it much better than the title does: Email from a Vampire. Vampires in the contemporary times. Intrigue from the anonymity that email provides.
In Nigel Cooper’s Email from a Vampire, 28 year old newspaper columnist Tania needs some inspiration for column material and she’s hit writers block. When she has an email with the subject line of “Email from a Vampire” constantly bouncing back from her junk mail to her inbox, she is forced to read its contents. When her boss hears of it, he encourages her to pursue it, against her better judgment; however, when Tania doesn’t tell the vampire’s life story and instead tells of human vampires in the London area, he is quite upset and mails a deadly gift to her office. From there, Tania becomes entangled in the life of two vampires–one rather benign and another rather deadly. The vampire of the emails, Tristan, is a “good” vampire while Raven Xavier is the “bad” vampire who goes on a brutal killing spree as revenge for Tristan letting the humans in on their “secret.”
As stories go, it was pretty good until it became the pseudo love triangle, albeit it with one side being less lovey and more murdery, at which point it became more of a rather cliché’d love story–particularly the ending. I mean, yes, the mystery man that is what most vampire stories entail does call for a romantic involvement to some degree, but the candidly cheese manner it’s done over a very short period of time leaves me with a bitter taste in my mouth. I must admit that I literally laughed out loud when the mention of Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood entered the discussion; little details like that, and the mention of The Hunger Games, make it easy for readers to relate to the material and provide avid readers, such as myself, with a moment to smile and laugh.
The narrative does address the vampire lore and notes alterations to suit the story’s needs–even if the information does come essentially all in one lump sum when Tristan speaks with various characters whom he trusts and lets in on his secret. It can be a bit much to have it all addressed at one time instead of drawn out over a period of time throughout the book. While reading, there were some areas of the text where it felt as if there was duplication of an idea, like the thought was introduced at one moment and then later moved into a different spot but not removed from the first instance but it didn’t come across as too nonsensical in the grander scheme of things.
Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.