And now for the second book in the Heather Graham double feature, The Keepers. Sadly, I did not enjoy this one as much as Keeper of the Night (review here). Either way, my review is also posted on goodreads as usual.
Shapeshifters and vampires have a long history of distrust running between them, and after the war and the sacrifice of the two Keepers, Fiona and her two sisters must follow in their parent's footsteps and become the Keepers for the New Orleans area. When the bodies of young women begin showing up, drained of blood, Fiona as the Vampire Keeper must team up with the city's leading vampire detective, Jagger. The two of them work side by side to uncover the killer and hold back the floor of war that threatens life as they know it.
Here's my first problem with this novel, the back cover synopsis. "So when the killer's attention turns to Fiona, will Jagger risk destroying his own species to protect the woman he so passionately desires?" That couldn't be further from what actually happens. First off, for most of the book the two main characters are sleeping together but Jagger is actively complaining about how much he dislikes Fiona, in fact, unless they are in bed or she's in harms way he seems genuinely annoyed at her existence.
Neither of the characters have any respect for one another, Jagger with his lack of respect for Fiona's Keeper role and Fiona blatantly ignoring Jagger's role as a cop with a professional job to carry out. But it doesn't end there, one of Fiona's sisters carries such a grudge against all vampires that even as a Keeper herself, she is blinded by her hate that it gets her into trouble. You'd think that after her parents die to protect the balance of peace between the races, she'd be more receptive to upholding their literal last breath.
Finally there's the actual plot of the story. A vampire OR a shapeshifter who is in a vampire form, murder three women and drain the bodies of blood. Throughout the whole book everyone points fingers at the vampire community, EXCEPT the Keeper and Jagger, and like my review title said, predictable. Murderers in the form of long dead humans, vampires in two places at once, and everyone racing to stake the vampires... I wonder who did it.
Reading the squabbles and support of the three sisters was by far the most enjoyable part of this book. If their relationship had been more prevalent and less of a side note I think I could have enjoyed seeing more of Fiona. As always, reading about New Orleans and its colorful sense of mystery is always enjoyable and if you're going to set a story someplace magical you can't really get much better.