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1.0 out of 5 stars The foundation of "Daughters of Darkness"?, December 21, 2010
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I read this book to see if it's in any way connected to Neiderman's newest book under the V.C. Andrews name, "Daughter of Darkness." I guess in a way they could be connected, because neither one is really about vampires and neither one creates a vampire mythology.

In this book, published 20 years before DOD, a vampire baby is placed in the home of people whose baby was born dead. This book isn't nearly as bad as some of the books written in the V.C. Andrews name, but it doesn't pack any punch. The storyline mostly builds via hints and innuendo, which I find kind of irritating as a storytelling mode. And the climax is pretty weak, just soft of a "pff." The wrap-up is weird: "And then, life went on."

There are some correlations to DOD, such as how the vampire nurse is named "Rose Patio," like the main characters in DOD. Rose seems to grow in stature at certain moments, which happens in DOD too. And the baby is a boy, which could explain why he was farmed out to human parents instead of being raised with a vampire family like the girls in DOD. It's written in third person instead of first person like VC books always are, but most of the action comes from the point of view of Colleen, teenage sister to the adoptive father. Since the action is all seen from the point of view of suspicious humans, you get few details about these vampires.

I wouldn't recommend this book, but I would recommend it faster than Daughter of Darkness. The writing style wasn't as labored 20 years ago, around the time Neiderman was also writing the Cutler family series. There are still some of the author's more irritating trademarks, such as overuse of the word "diminutive," his standard descriptions of sex scenes ("fitting bodies comfortably,") and someone's eyes growing small.

One more interesting note: the cover of the book has a recommendation for Neiderman's work...by V. C. Andrews. "Bloodchild" was published in 1990, 4 years after Virginia's death. I can't find any other recommendations from her on the covers of Neiderman books published before 1986. Now, both authors WERE published by Pocket Books in the early 80s, but "Bloodchild" was published by Berkley, a division of Penguin Group. Did Virginia ever really endorse Neiderrman's work, or was this Neiderman endorsing his own product using the V.C. name? (This isn't a snide comment, I'm really interested in the answer. If anyone knows for sure, please comment.)

REVISION NOTE: I did find the VC comment on the cover of 1987's "Playmates," and she's referenced as the author of "Dark Angel." So maybe Virginia did make that comment before her death.
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