Kate Reilly’s life has not gotten much better since Touch of Evil.
She agreed to listen to a doctor talk about an experiment that could heal zombies like her brother, with other people established as Not Prey, only to find herself in a life or death situation when it’s discovered that the doctor is heading a dangerous experiment.
Chapter two picks up three months later with the fall out of that lecture/experiment.
Kate is being sued as part of a wrongful death lawsuit and is slated to go to trial for destruction of hospital property. Her older brother is still being an ass, her younger brother has the mind and actions of a four year-old and her lover’s pack is trying to separate them. Life is wearing her down, and it’s about to get worse.
The Thrall has a new member, a man that Kate can never beat in a fight, and they are using him to force her to find their missing young. On this mission, Kate will come face to face with evil and madness.
In book one, we were introduced to Kate’s world. We learned that as Not Prey, she cannot run from vampires or lie to them. To do so would make her no different from other humans that serve as food, and would allow the vampires to hunt her instead of challenge her. Her position also places her in a hard spot, because instead of running from danger she must run towards it.
In this book, she will face a woman from her past, take a new position with her lover, come to many realizations about her family and possibly, survive a hive of killers. She finds help from unexpected places and if she does everything carefully, just might survive to battle the Thrall again.
The pack still has a major role in this book, but it didn’t bother me like the last book, because it wasn’t so, ‘in your face’. The pack leader is still in charge, but she seems a little more lenient than before. I also liked that Tom was willing to stand up to her for Kate. He shows his masculinity and why he is good for Kate.
One thing I forgot to mention before, is that people who are bitten by the Thrall become sterile. So you know from the get go that Kate and Tom will never have a child. This helps with some of the drama and understanding her position on different issues.
Humans are a pain in this book. They are hard and unrealistic in their views of Kate. They don’t recognize that she is fighting for her life, but seem to pick and find fault with all that she does. This makes me understand Kate better. She always has to watch her back, because there is no one else to do it for her, or so she thinks. Tom and others begin to call Kate on it.
They force her to take a look at herself to see if she is accepting or taking on too much. They want her to understand that there are other options, but often forget that as Not Prey, those options don’t apply to her.
While this is a stand alone book, I don’t think that you can appreciate it without learning the world and back story that is given in book one.