I received an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: 4.4 of 5 stars
Things are on the up for Sophie Morgan.
She fended off vampires on a holiday to Antwerp, escaped them on her return home and stabbed her vampire sympathising neighbour. Now we find her slowly rebuilding her life in her home town of Bethel. Running the family property business may not be lucrative but she’s happy. Since returning to Wales, she has only had to kill one vampire and thanks to the linoleum on her kitchen floor, even that was an easy clean up.
Then a mixed blessing arrives in the form of Mickey Kelly, the barman she had a brief flirtation with in Antwerp. After being missing for months, he arrives on her doorstep one rainy night. His brother has been murdered and vampires are coming for her. Little do the pair know that Sophie’s estranged father is among their numbers. He’s coming for his daughter… and he’s not the only one.
Death in the Family is the long awaited sequel to Relative Strangers, with some familiar faces as well as some new ones. Charles Ferrers, Sophie’s former adversary, is compelled to follow her to South Wales. They have a connection, he can feel it, but what? Will a call to his duties as an enforcer for the ancient Byzantine family get in the way and what does an ancient manuscript have to do with our heroine anyway? Will Sophie and Mickey finally consummate their relationship and where will it lead them? Or will another new man in her life be more significant than she thinks?
Find out how our practical, resilient, if not slightly insecure, Sophie deals with a whole new range of challenges in the second in the ‘Sophie Morgan vampire series’. This time she has bigger problems than vampires to deal with. This time she has family visiting.
Genre(s): Paranormal, new adult
Pages: 240 (estimated)
Release date: 2015-02-14 ⭐
She peeled the sodden clothing from his limbs and welcomed him into her bed and her embrace. Kissing away his tears, she silently vowed to protect him promised to keep him safe.
This time, you get to know more about Julie, Sophie Morgan’s mother. During a four-week trip to Copenhagen as an exchange student, she meets Kasper, the love of her life in a café, losing him soon after. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With Death in the Family, Helen Treharne has created an intriguing sequel to the first book of the Sophie Morgan series. Death in the Family provides the readers with more insights in the family. It is an entertaining and gripping read with Sophie Morgan, the very likeable main character and interesting other important characters; some of them were introduced in Relative Strangers, some are new. Helen Treharne develops the story pleasantly – it has a great flow. Again, I was drawn into the story right away, was pretty close to all events. This second instalment is a worthy sequel to Relative Strangers. I love it when paranormal meets thriller. Death in the Family is a great read for paranormal and/or new adult fans. Also an interesting reads for those who read their fair share of vampire stories and appreciate a different angle.
This a book and/or series to read again. Recommended!
About the author
After a successful career in business and career coaching, Helen Treharne returned to South Wales in 2010 to focus on writing, among other things.
Relative Strangers, a modern vampire story featuring an increasingly feisty Sophie Morgan, hit digital bookshelves in 2014. In addition to being the creator of the developing “Sophie Morgan” series, she is an urban poet and social commentator who can frequently be found ranting in the Twitterverse. She knew the degree in Sociology would come in handy some day!
Helen lives with her husband, three cats, an entrenched tea addiction and an increasing collection of stringed instruments. She can’t be trusted near stationery.
Connect with the Author:
Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Death in the Family? Or – if you did not yet read Death in the Family – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If Death in the Family was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂