"Alison Gaylin is my new must read" (Harlan Coben). Everyone agrees. The thrilling author of Trashed is "a fresh new talent."(Perri O'Shaughnessy)
From the moment magazine editor Zoe Greene joins her lover Warren in San Esteban, an idyllic Mexican village, something is strange about the place and its people--from the black crosses that hang throughout the town to the blood-tipped spines of its strange indigenous plants to Warren's odd disappearances. Then, when tourists are found murdered, Zoe begins to ask questions. At even greater risk, she's finding the answers.
Occult horror meets chick-lit suspense in Gaylin's entertaining if formulaic fourth novel. When investigative journalist Steve Sorenson hears that his best friend, celebrity reporter Zoe Greene, has fallen for soap opera star Warren Clark and is ditching Manhattan for Warren's home in San Esteban, Mexico, Steve is alarmed not just because he's secretly in love with Zoe. Not long before in San Esteban, a town full of expat hippies involved in a longevity cult, Sangre Para La Vida (blood in exchange for life), a visiting NYU student had his heart ripped out. As Zoe's idyllic romance with Warren unravels in Mexico, certain locals show too much interest in Zoe's blood. Zoe's attendance at a scary SPLV party leads to a breathless finale. Avoiding the standard vampire twist, Gaylin (Trashed) opts for Aztec hoo-doo to keep the action hopping in a tale both shocking and silly about the pursuit of eternal youth and romantic obsession. (Sept.)
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September 01, 2008
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