Synopsis: It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here…
A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents’ Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen–a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen–and that the nightmare they’ve thought long ended is only beginning
I seem to have been reading a lot of books about Bram Stoker chasing ‘real’ vampires lately. This, like one I read last month is written in multi character point of view and as a series of journals and letters. This one is classed as the prequel to Dracula and what led up to him discovering the vampire we all now know.
It took me a while to get into it and I felt it was a bit too long for me. I’d get to certain points and think it was a good place to start ending and then the action went off in a different direction (and place).
I did really like Nanny Ellen’s story. I would have been happy reading a novella about her on it’s own. The flashbacks to how she became a vampire was excellent. I wasn’t so keen on the Whitby scenes which I never thought I’d say about a Whitby Gothic storyline. Overall I liked it but didn’t love it.