The mood is dark throughout this book, and the vampires are not the pretty kind that is popular today. Vampires are scary in this book.
We see Kiera trying to solve the murders that are occurring in a small remote town. Kiera is suppose to have an exceptional gift when it comes to seeing clues that normal people tends to dismiss as inconsequential and putting the pieces together in a flash of brilliance...very much like Sherlock Holmes. When Kiera first demonstrated her abilities at the first crime scene, I was actually pretty excited. I love Sherlock Holmes and to read about a female modern sleuth (in a supernatural setting) would be great.
This ability of Kiera is what should make the her a great new addition in the world of urban fantasy heroine, however, this is where the failing of the plot is most noticeable. I was rather disappointed that Kiera didn't exhibit her brilliant deduction skill and stumble around blindly throughout most of the case. In the end, she became just another damsel in distress, and her talent was left at the way side.
However, I can only assume the reason why Kiera made these rookie mistakes is because she is, after all, a rookie. So hopefully in the next installment she would actually utilize her skills more.