Happy Thursday, book friends!
Here’s what it’s about…
Happy couple Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra have begun to garner national attention for their quirky New Orleans true-crime podcast, Shadowcast. When Lucy’s brother Harker disappears while researching the popular new dating app Thrall, they’re thrown into a real-life mystery. Aided by their social media expert, Arthur, and Harker’s professor, Van Helsing, they follow the trail, hoping to find Harker before it’s too late.
When their investigation crosses the path of a possible serial killer, the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur. And as they race against the app’s countdown clock, so does the line between friendship and love. What starts as a flirtatious rivalry between computer-savvy Arthur and techno-averse Van Helsing becomes much more, and Mina and Lucy’s relationship is tested in the fires of social media.
As they get down to the wire, the group discovers that nothing on their screens is as it seems—including their enemy.
And here’s what we thought…
A hearty 4 stars * * * * 🙂 to this alternately sweet and scary, vampire-free take on Bram Stoker’s classic (which, FYI, we have not read). We loved the established relationship between Mina and Lucy, and how they were always trying to support one another in healthy ways, even if that meant saying the difficult things.
The romance of Arthur and Van, on the other hand, came off as sort of quick and shallow; at times, it was almost distracting from the (quite good) mystery of Harker’s whereabouts.
There was also A Thing with cats – you’ll see – that we did not understand at all, but as a whole, THRALL was a fun and sharp read that we’re happy to recommend to fellow fans of queer suspense-y books.
~Black, lesbian, bisexual, gay, interracial, immigrant (Amsterdam)
~Horror themes, mention of dead animals, professor/student roleplay, minor knife violence
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