When I was asked to read this book, I reluctantly agreed. Frankly, the whole vampire genre has been oversaturated and killed with too many novels geared towards the young adult market, like Vampire University, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight. The genre needs a stake driven through it’s lifeless heart and resurrected – and that is what Julie Hutchings has done with her novel Running Home.
This is not a book about brooding, misunderstood vampires with perfectly sculpted bodies and the woman that fall in love with them. This is a mixture of dark horror and the supernatural with an infusion of Japanese myth. It’s a book of twists and turns that at times you’ll scratch your head and say, ‘what the hell, didn’t see that coming.”
There are no stereotype vampires in Ms. Hutchings debut novel. The main vampire protagonist Nicholas isn’t always a nice guy, and our female protagonist Ellie has got issues and is at times is a weak person. These flaws give the characters a sense of being real. The novel is slow to start but the horror soon kicks up and has ending that will leave you with a hunger for more.
Running Home is a solid debut novel by Julie Hutchings that doesn’t suck, literally.