At the burnt house, a human caretaker was around to phone the police. She has massive fang marks on her, as she’s a member of the Church of Eternal Life and sees vampires as her salvation.
I still maintain that having a church devoted to worshipping vampires is fundamentally flawed. Religion relies upon faith. Faith is a hard thing to have when you see the divine deities you worship going to a laundrette or buying porn at the newsagents.
The two-biter’s name was Caroline, and she stood hugging herself as if she were cold. Since you could probably fry eggs on the sidewalk, I didn’t think she was cold, or at least not that kind of cold.
The ways in which LKH completely fails in describing basic things such as people being cold continues to horrify and amaze me.
Anita is going to take Caroline for a walk. Dolph agrees to her questioning this woman, because that’s not massively illegal. Anita is NOT a police officer. Stop making her act as a police officer.
There’s a loooooooong bit of how much authorities hate vampires (but not Anita!) and how she has to think of bodies as being ‘its’ even though she has been around a lot of dead bodies by this point and how much Anita loves coffee and then Caroline and her sit on a neighbour’s front lawn which gives me the lovely mental image of Anita being chased off by an old lady with a broom.
Caroline asks if she can trust Anita. Anita says maybe, which makes Caroline trust her without thinking.
I took a drink of my own soda and tried to appear casual, forced my body not to tense up, not to show how much I wanted to simply scream at her until she told me whatever it was. Short of torture, you can’t make people talk, not really.
What logical person immediately starts to think about torture when sat down with a witness?
Caroline then leans against Anita and puts her head on her shoulder. That’s a bit weird. She reveals that the vampires in the house were early risers which is significant… because. The pair of them then talk about the Vampire Council. Malcolm, the church leader, saw them as a sign that everyone was ready to mass convert to the true faith.
Oh, and all the young vampires were brutally attacking Caroline. They’ve basically bitten huge chunks out of her breasts. Now, we can’t talk about Caroline’s pain or injuries so what do we get?
Long, lengthy descriptions of all of Anita’s scars.
The depths of my boredom when it comes to discussing Anita’s injuries knows no bounds.
Caroline is surprised that vampires might hurt someone. Anita has to moralise about how all vampires are pure evil and only some of them are able to control how vicious and cruel they are.
It’s amazing how inconsistent this book is from chapter to chapter.
Caroline asks whether Anita believes this of JC. Anita obviously can’t admit her boyfriend is a massive rapist, so dodges the question. Caroline breaks down about how lost she feels, and in a moment of genuine human empathy, Anita hugs her.
This is a weird chapter. I was expect Anita to shank Caroline or something.