When she investigates the sudden passing of her mother, Vicki Nelson realizes that the death was no accident, and she discovers that strange things are happening at the hospital where her mother worked.
Excellent Series - This is the fourth novel in Tanya Huff's excellent vampire series. This book and the entire series gets 5+ stars. Although I must admit I liked the first three books more, this still is an excellent continuation of the story involving Vicki, Mike and Henry. (If you have not read the entire series, you must read it, you will not be disappointed. The series order: Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact and Blood Debt). This fourth book continues with Vicki, an ex cop turned private investigator, who had to leave the police force because she is losing her night vision. From previous novels you met Henry, a 400 year old vampire who is also a romantic writer, and Vicki's friend and lover. Also, you met Mike, Vicki's ex-partner, who is also involved with Vicki. As the fourth book begins Vicki receives the telephone call that no one wants to receive. Her mother has died unexpectedly. Vicki has to come to grips with her mother's death, and at the same time if you have been reading the earlier books of the series, also has to finally deal with her relationship between Mike and Henry who both love her. This book has some surprise twists, namely the fact that even though her mother is supposed to be dead, While Vicki is staying at her mother's house, she sees her in a window. Is she dead, or isn't she? This fourth book had some surprise twists, and I must say I felt a little saddened for Henry in this series, who for so many centuries has been alone. But I won't give away more, you will have to read it to find out. A very excellent book if you are into the Tanya Huff series. I recommend.
A Touching, Terrifying, Outstanding Tale!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 20 years ago
"Blood Pact" is the fourth book in Tanya Huff's fantastic "Blood" series and it is stunning in every sense of the word. It's shocking and affecting, it tore at my heart and made me cry, and it horrified and amazed me. I absolutely could not put this book down and stayed up all night to finish it. "Blood Pact" is a book you don't want to miss; it's suspenseful, frightening, thought provoking, and heart-rending. But most importantly it is, quite simply, a highly entertaining, great read!"Blood Pact" begins with Vicki Nelson, ex-cop and now Private Investigator, receiving the news every child, no matter how old, lives in fear of. Her mother, whose phone calls she has been avoiding recently, has died suddenly of a heart defect. Wracked with guilt and already annoyed with the two men in her life, 450-year-old romance-writing vampire Henry Fitzroy and homicide detective Mike Celluci, Vicki leaves Toronto for Kingston to lay her mother to rest.Unfortunately, Vicki's coping skills are failing her, and dealing with her mother's sympathetic co-workers isn't helping. Luckily, Henry and Mike both discover what has happened, and head off to Kingston to support Vicki in the midst of this tragedy. But things just keep getting worse, as Vicki's mother's body is stolen from the funeral home. Convinced that the police will not put much effort into the case, Vicki sets out to find her mother on her own, stubbornly refusing to grieve for her loss or even acknowledge her pain, and heading straight for a nervous breakdown. Henry and Mike are truly frightened about Vicki's mental state, and the two of them decide to put aside their differences and work together, in hopes of preserving Vicki's sanity.But then, one terrible night, the unimaginable occurs. Sitting in her mother's apartment Vicki hears a noise at the window and opens the curtains to reveal her mother on the other side of the glass, unmistakably dead and yet somehow horribly alive. This grim discovery leads Vicki, Henry, and Mike on a disturbing and perilous hunt for a group of scientists experimenting with resurrecting the dead through the use of bacteria.And Huff's portrayal of this group of scientists is genuinely disturbing. Indeed, the real monsters in this book are not the zombies at all, but the humans creating them. Their utter lack of humanity and their clinical indifference to the suffering they cause is appalling, and Vicki's mother is just another experiment to them. Sickened by what she has discovered and all the more determined to bring those who stole her mother to justice, Vicki leads Henry and Mike into very dangerous territory. The story is full of twists and turns and heart-pounding suspense, as Vicki, Henry and Mike must deal with a situation that seems more nightmare than reality. "Blood Pact" is an utterly riveting read with a shocking surprise ending. The final chapters are full of thrills and chills and unspeakable horrors, and yet at the same time are a testament t
I loved it.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 22 years ago
I, too, have read the first three in the series. I was a little disappointed with the third one, Blood Lines, so it took me awhile to get around to Blood Pact. When I did, I couldn't put it down. The interaction between Vicki, Henry and Mike becomes much deeper than it has been -- Vicky is in a state (in her own unconventional way) over her mother's death and disappearance, and the guys, in being there for her, have to reluctantly develop a relationship. The ending was a little unsatisfactory: I wanted to know more about what Vicki was doing in her changed circumstances. All in all, though,I found it really engrossing and am going to have to go out tomorrow and buy Blood Debt!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 22 years ago
I fell in love with Tanya Huff's works ever since "The Wizard of the Grove", and "Blood Pact" did not disappoint me. Vicki Nelson receives a call that turns her life upside down, her mother has died. Vicki quickly packs her things to Kingstown to say her farewells. But when somebody steals her mother's body, Vicki is on the case and very eager to exact her revenge. This was such a beautiful story that I thought I was going to cry, and I haven't cried in three or four years. It almost made me want to say "I love you" to my mother, almost. This book was undoubtedly the best book in the series.
Most frightening Book of this series!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 23 years ago
"Man's inhumanity to Man" all for Glory & Money... true horror, more so than any of the "creatures" in this set of books. Once again we find Vicki Nelson~Detective, Henry Fitzroy~ Vampire, & Mike Celluci~Cop in a scary fast pace tale of true evil. That all come to about because Vicki goes home to arrange things when her Mother dies. Only to find someone has stolen Mrs.Nelson's body. Interesting blend of Romance, Mystery, Scfi & Horror...
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