BENEATH THE WILLOW by Gemma Farroww
Thomas loves Keziah. He’ll do anything for her . . . at least he believes that. But all it takes is one shattering moment to change a belief; a few nights is more than enough to kill it. The world Thomas knows changes when he gets a phone call. It’s Keziah. She’s hurt. She’s scared. She needs him. He gets Keziah home, but the horror has just begun. From that moment a darkling world embraces him. Keziah believes she has been bitten by a vampire. Thomas doesn’t believe it. At first. But when one belief dies, it’s because a new one is forming. As he fights to discount her story, Thomas tries to nurse her back to health, but it isn’t working. He can no longer ignore the truth. She isn’t solely Keziah anymore. Heartbroken, maddened, and hollow, Thomas has to make a difficult choice. Accept what his girlfriend has become or turn against her. Both choices demand a high price, but which is Thomas willing to pay?
This is a short story. Also I think the cover is perfect for the book.
Thomas’ girlfriend of 3 years Keziah is bitten by a vampire. Unable to believe the reality of the situation, he nevertheless makes a promise. One he isn’t sure he can keep.
This is a dark tale of promises made and promises not kept. I love the fact that Gemma tells the story from the partner’s point of view. How do you deal with the changing of your loved one into a monster? When you see the physical manifestations coming on a daily basis? How do you keep from going insane?
As a reader, you can really feel his inner turmoil of whether to believe what she is asking him to do or wondering if she has already changed, but she doesn’t realize it yet. His logical and emotional sides battle between themselves. And then there are the dreams. Real or not?
And from Keziah’s point of view, I like the incorporation of a mental midwife to help her with her changeover. What she becomes at the end is quite frightening, but not heartless. Maybe.
Plus, extra kudos to Gemma; no proofreading errors.
I highly recommend this story and give it my 5 feather rating. Great Job!!!
Halloween is just around the corner. Put this book on your TBR list today. Just click the cover.