(Running in the Dark #1)
Publication date: February 8th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
What it’s about:
He is known only as Trace—because he leaves no trace of his victims behind.
A deadly Russian slayer, Trace’s life has always revolved around death. Death, and preventing humankind from learning about the legendary creatures of the night. But now his position as a Watcher has become a prison, and dealing death for the Vampire Nation isn’t as prestigious as he once believed it to be.
College dropout Bessina Darrow has witnessed things she isn’t permitted to see, a simple case of wrong place at the wrong time putting her life in danger. When Bessina becomes his new mark, Trace is prepared to eliminate her—until he discovers a way out for them both.
Protecting Bessina means defying the leaders of the Nation, an act that has them both running for their lives. The more Trace fights to disappear from danger, the more he unravels the secrets crafting his world—secrets he must unveil in order to finally save a life, instead of destroy it. Okay , I can do that.
Running in the Dark by Inger Iversen is new adult paranormal fiction. The premise of the story is creative and unique. It is a refreshing, and much needed, new take on paranormal fiction.
Running in the Dark tells the story of Bessina, a 19 year-old girl who is running away from her problems, only to run into more and bigger problems when she witnesses the death/suicide of two vampires.
Iversen has created an interesting world where humans, vampires and half-vampires (dhampir) co-exist but most humans are unaware of the vampires’ existence. Iversen has incorporated paranormal political intrigue into her fictional world as well.
Main character, Bessina, has a dark history that is fully developed. She is a likable, empathetic character. Trace, a dhampir, is something of a grim reaper, albeit an increasingly reluctant one. He’s devastatingly handsome and good at his job. He makes sure that when humans, like Bessina, happen upon a vampire incident, all witnesses are eliminated.
Of course, our hero, Trace, sees something in Bessina that inspires him to be less lethal than usual. Choices like that decide the path of your future. The timeline of the story is very, very short, consequently the plot moves along at a rapid pace. There is a complex mix of people, organizations and issues that determine Bessina and Trace’s fate, but I won’t ruin the fun of the read by including spoilers!
Running in the Dark is an innovative and worthy read, and it is sure to be a hit with fans of paranormal and fantasy fiction.