Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Scene by R.M. Gilmore review

"It did seem a little ridiculous that two female reporters were headed off to solve a crime that no detective could. The entire thing began to sound like a cheesy made for TV movie, where good defeats evil, and all is well.
I still wasn't one-hundred percent sure what the evil was in this story, and if I was the good, how the hell was I supposed to defeat it.
A stake and hammer might do the trick."

In the opening novel of R.M. Gilmore's 'Odyssey of the Occult' series, entitled "The Scene", we find Dylan Hart in her hometown of Hollywood, California. The bodies of seven exsanguinated prostitutes have been found from the Central Valley to Southern California. The media has dubbed them the "Vampire Massacres".

Dylan has decided to cash in on the tragedy and write a true crime novel. She begins her odyssey with research into the underground vampire lifestyle. All seemed to be going as planned, and as long as fiction can keep its ass away from fact, she should be alright.

But let's face it, someone is draining women of all their blood.
There is no way in hell it's going to end pretty.


4 stars

When I was first contacted by R.M. to review her book, The Scene, I was a bit wary.  A vampire novel with some reviews talking about a possible romantic angle?  That could go horribly wrong for my taste.  Luckily I gave the book a shot and read the sample.  This story is nothing like I expected, it would actually be hard to get further from what I thought would happen.  

First off the characters, Dylan is a woman who is not what normally appears in books (at least the ones I have read).  She is a pretty strong female character that has times of doubt, but manages to do so without becoming whiny and needy.  That would have been a signal for me to stop reading that I never received.  The self confidence she has seems totally realistic, there are some situations where she is totally in control, but when she is out of her comfort zone she is not afraid to lean on people around her to get the job done.  Tatum is Dylan's best friend and sounding board.  They are also a comic duo that works pretty well to keep things interesting as the story progresses.  Cyrus is the male underwear model that seems to be a little too interested in Dylan for her own comfort and Mike is her over protective, still hasn't let go ex-boyfriend.  Out of that cast of characters Mike is the only one that is pretty much what you would expect.  He is over protective, jealous, and a bit predictable in his role.  

Second the story.  Honestly this is a very difficult thing to discuss without giving things away.  I'll say that Dylan and Tatum team up to investigate some strange killings that have been happening.  The victims, all women, have been found totally drained of blood with their bodies dumped.   Dylan is thinking that with the current vampire craze she can write a book based around the events and make a mint so she leans on Mike who is a detective on the case.  After an epic fail while attempting to meet someone who can give her some insight to the vampire sub-culture in L.A. she enlists Tatum's aid in finding a good club where she may get some decent info.  Enter Cyrus into the story.  When the amazingly gorgeous man turns out to be the figure from the underwear billboard near her place Dylan can't believe that he is actually talking to her and for the most part ignoring Tatum.  When he offers to get them into an exclusive club that caters to the vampire lifestyle she couldn't have turned him down if she wanted to.  That begins a whole lot of strange discoveries and plot twists that had me guessing for the length of the book.

The only real downside I found was there were a few parts towards the middle where the mystery became less fun and more annoying.  Again I can't go into details without spoiling anything, but I will say that by the end I was totally involved again and I am 100% going to be looking into the second book when it becomes available.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you guessing with excellent characters and a good amount of humor be sure to check this one out.

Get a copy of the book on Amazon or check out the author's website for more details.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. The part where the reviewer became annoyed would put me off though.

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  2. My annoyance was more a personal preference thing than a flaw in writing by R.M. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Heh, you had me at underwear novel. :) Just kidding. The premise of this sounds interesting - real-world vampire serial killer.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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