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Book Title: The Night Inside|
The author of the book: Nancy Baker
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Date of issue: April 15th 2014
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I absolutely loved this book, and of course while I’m reading it, I kept wondering why it wasn’t it more popular when it was written back in 1991. So I went to Amazon and checked out some other reviews and read comments.
I found this:
This book won't be staying in my house, and nor will I be reading anything else by Nancy Baker. I like vampire romances, but this certainly doesn't qualify.
I was like, okay, so people want fluffy romance vampire books. I’m not a big fan of defanged vampires, but to each his own.
Maybe some of the confusion comes from the two titles this book was published under, The Night Inside and The Vampire’s Kiss. The Night Inside is definitely the much more appropriate title, because that’s what the book is about, a descent into darkness. These vampires are dangerous and they are killers, and this book does not gloss over that. Baker makes turning into a vampire a ghoulish thing, and that’s one of the things I loved about this book.
The Night Inside is dark story about a college student who get’s captured, dumped into a cell next to a vampire to be used as food, and her whole life takes a spiral downward.
The characters are intriguing. Dimitri Rozokov is not a sexy vampire at first. In fact, he’s grotesque, a monster that kept reminding me of Klaus Kinski’s Nosferatu. He’s awkward, ravenous, and completely incapable of hiding his true alien nature because he’s being starved.
The heroine Ardeth is revolted, scared for her life, and doesn’t want him near her. Yet she’s been dumped into a cell right next to him and can’t get away. Realizing he’s a prisoner too, she slowly starts to sympathize with this creature and they begin to talk.
Ardeth begins to change. As Dimitri drinks her blood, she starts to take on more Vampire characteristics. Ardeth starts to think differently too, going through an interesting character arc. The vampire changes as well, touched by Ardeth’s sympathy.
I really liked Ardeth. She wasn’t a tough Buffy character or a helpless bimbo. She’s thinking all the time, trying to work out the puzzle of her new existence. She’s flawed and has some baggage, but she doesn’t dwell on it for pages at a time. Baker has a great knack for describing people and their motives in one sentence without going into a long diatribe of character reflection.
I love how Ardeth metamorphosizes from one being to another. And I love how Dimitri changes from a grotesque monster to someone desirable, without really changing that much at all. It’s mostly just Ardeth’s perception.
Now I’m sure this story might seem slow to some readers, but for me it was riveting. I was so curious to see what would happen in this strange relationship. Yes, the ending wasn’t as satisfying as I might have wished. The evil villain at the end had sort of an over-the-top back-story that was sort of shoved in there, but that didn’t take away from my initial enjoyment. I still think Dimitri and Ardeth are cool characters. I will definitely be reading book 2, Blood and Chrysanthemums.
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Read information about the authorNancy Baker blames her life-long love of horror and fantasy fiction on the first horror story she can remember: The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter. She dabbled in rock and roll (writing lyrics and singing in basement bands during her university years) before switching to writing fiction. She made her first professional sale in 1988, to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone magazine and has subsequently published four novels.
She is happily married and has neither children nor cats.
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