In the sleepy town of Northam, Massachusetts, not everyone is who they seem to be.
If you like heart-racing action, highly-driven characters, and strong family ties, then you’ll love C.L. Mannarino’s visceral vision of a world where the supernatural is very much alive.
What We’ll Do for Blood
He walked over until the hazy smudge of white limbs—arms, in fact—were visible. His eyes adjusted, strained, and adjusted again.
Someone was crouched on the ground. They clung to something thick and dark brown—a forearm, he realized—that was attached to a second someone. This second person lay slumped against the building, their head turned from sight, and they let out a second groan, softer and clearer than the first.
Scott went cold and shivered. “Dad?” he asked.
The crouching figure turned and Maria’s shining eyes locked with his. Her mouth was covered in something dark that matched something on his father’s arm. For a second, Scott froze, watching her like she was a wild animal twice his size.
Maria stood up, her arms at her sides and her fingers splayed. A bolt of fear shot through his stomach until his bladder threatened to burst. He dropped the food. It landed with a weighty, crinkling thump that startled them both to life.
“Scotty,” she whispered in the same slippery voice that had prickled the hairs on his neck.
Dry mouthed, Scott dashed for his bike.
What Killed Clara Mitbourne
19-year-old Scott decides to satisfy his hunger with a local girl in rural Arizona, but when his need for blood gets the best of him, he’ll have more to answer for than just his thirst.
In Northam, Massachusetts, the world is falling apart.
17-year-old Zara de Jaager’s lost one of her moms to a vampire. The other is struggling to make things seem as normal as possible. And Scott Whitney, the only person who knows the truth about her mom’s death, has gone missing.
Zara’s read the notes. She’s studied the lore. She’s even made a connection between Scott’s story and a job her mom was working on.
Except no one wants to talk about it. And when she finds out that there might even be an entire village of vampires existing under their noses, her family shuts her down.
So Zara pushes back, hard. But when she realizes what’s at stake, she’s left wondering:
is taking up her mom’s job really worth it?