You know what I love in books? When a lot of things happen when the main character is unconscious and then I have to read a big chapter of people telling her what has happened. Because reading people telling me about conflicts which have happened instead of reading about them happening is just so goshdarned interesting!
Anita wakes up in hospital, with Lawrence next to her. Nice to see how much he cares for his injured girlfriend. He explains that the Traveller possessed one of the vampires in the basement and saved everyone. Well, except for Tucker, who go ripped in half. The ceiling then collapsed, but everything is fine. Anita has been unconscious for over a day, neatly side-stepping when Anita and JC would have to entertain the vampire council.
I hate LKH’s ability to jump over conflict and events. I don’t understand why she hates writing about things so much when she has decided to make a living as a writer.
Lawrence says that the dinner has been postponed until Anita is better, although I have no idea what’s actually wrong with her. She then tells Lawrence everything. He responds with the wonderful news that the police have solved all the arson attacks offscreen, by finding out that Humans First were responsible.
Oh, and Vicki Pierce was lying. She was dating a Humans First member and a vampire at Burnt Offerings, so her human boyfriend forced her to do the attack and gave a token sum, and now she’s going to prison and he’s run off. That’s right – female sexuality gets you a karmic punishment.
There’s a small panic over a deadline for the police to find the human boyfriend before the vampires do but as there are only five chapters left i don’t think it’s going to be impressive or interesting. I think it’s going to be as much a damp squib as the rest of his book was.