Vampires Are Forever (Argeneau Vampires, Book 8)
by Lynsay Sands
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061229695
Date: 01 February 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Marguerite Argeneau is missing. She was checking in every evening, looking forward to the birth of her daughter's first child, but the calls stopped. No one has been able to reach her to notify her of her granddaughter's birth. So, Thomas is sent to London to find his aunt. Bastien Argeneau has arranged for Inez Urso to meet Thomas at the airport and to provide all the assistance he might need. Unfortunately, no one told Thomas about these plans. So, he's surprised to be greeted with an angry, dark-haired woman at his hotel room door obviously telling him off in Portuguese, which he doesn't speak or understand.
As an executive in the company, Inez should know about her employers, but a family crisis had caused her to be promoted without the orientation. So Thomas has to find a way to get her help without arousing her suspicions. He could always wipe her memory; that is, he could until he tried to read her. Inez is his soul mate. Could things get any more complicated? Well, they could and they do.
The story pulls you in from the first. There are some laugh-out-loud scenes and some that pull at the heartstrings. There's also some that make you want to hit a character upside the head with a clue stick. To me, a writer has pulled you into a world when you find yourself talking to the pages as if you could make a difference (that is, until you realize what you're doing). The plotting is tight and the tension ramps up and up as Thomas and Inez go from searching for his aunt to trying to stay one step ahead of a killer intent on killing Inez.
The novel hung together well, keeping me turning the pages in tense excitement up to the end when the central mystery driving the story simply evaporated. I can only hope that the upcoming March release, Vampire, Interrupted, will hold the answers to the unanswered questions. Nevertheless, the adventures of Thomas and Inez make this a book not to be missed.