In Memories We Fear: A Vampire Memories Novel
by Barb Hendee
Review by Mel Jacob
Roc Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451464224
Date: 04 October 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Barb Hendee's Vampires Memories series continues with In Memories We Fear with vampires Eleisha, Philip, and Rose, ghost Seamus, and Wade, a human with photometry and telepathy. The group seeks to find all vampires and teach them how to live with humans and how to feed without killing their victim. Meanwhile, Julian, the vampire who turned Eleisha, wants to kill instead of rescuing other vampires. So far, he has succeeded except for Eleisha, Phillip, and Rose.
Wade searches online for any reports of other vampires. Once they have confidence in the reports, they send Seamus to locate and verify them. When verified, the team then travels to that location and tries to make contact.
Most vampires have telepathic ability and they can use that to erase their victim's memory of their feeding. However, if they kill and leave a corpse, they risk discovery and destruction.
Julian, a non-telepathic vampire, works with his spy, the teen-age ghost Mary, and Justin, the vampire servant he created. He is unaware that Mary and Justin have developed a relationship. Mary lurks on the perimeter of Eleisha's team and follows Seamus, careful to avoid discovery. She reports all the group's activities to Julian.
Most vampires are loners and live with few contacts except those they kill. Once all vampires were able to co-exist as Eleisha now wants them to do, but a few went to extremes. Julian follows this path. So far, he hasn't been able to defeat Eleisha or Phillip.
Hendee focuses on the group's dynamics and the complex relationships among them. The telepathic powers shared by all both help and complicate their efforts to work together. Eleisha loves Phillip, but is unable to reach the level of mental intimacy she wants. He fears to share his memories of past behavior. Wade values the group, but also loves Eleisha, which complicates things.
With plenty of action, the novel is a thriller and will please many vampire fans. They can expect the series to continue with Ghost of Memories in Oct. 2012. With her husband J.D., she also writes the Noble Dead series.