When it comes to the Paranormal/Supernatural genres that I tend to read, there aren’t a lot of surprises. Sometimes it feels too much like the author is following a preordained outline, the characters can be good but the plot itself is lacking.
When I first heard about Prescription for Delirium by Noree Cosper, I had the gut feeling that this one was going to be different. Here is the synopsis
from the author’s site.
“Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.
However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug, which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.”
Although every character in this novel is likeable and well written, I fell in love with Gabby. Cursed with eternal life she balances the depressing nature of a vengeful endeavor and a faithful kind heart wonderfully. As I read the
story, it would have been easy to understand Gabby going off the rails and
losing herself in her revenge. However, not only does she handle every adversary with level headedness, she also remains dedicated to the family she promised to protect.
Prescription is a Van Helsing Organization novel, the first in the series. Although vampires do not take center stage, there are other creatures of the night to worry about. Demons, devils, werewolves, and that is not including the extensive hierarchy of the underworld. Gabby is multitasking her butt off trying to keep everyone safe and attain her goals.
The Love and Bother:
Cosper does an amazing job of making me feel for every one of her characters.
The three Van Helsing men, Esais, Adrian, and Tres could easily have been
robotic and one-dimensional. Yet with Cosper’s writing, I was instantly drawn to each of them. One aspect I found most compelling is how each brother is dealing with the burden of their own secrets. They may be a family of Supernatural hunting bad-assess, but they don’t always trust one another. I liked that dynamic and found it added a layer of understanding to every action.
They would happily die for one another, but telling the truth plagues them all.
There were a few places in the story where I would have liked some further information. The aspect of ghosts immediately comes to mind. However it didn’t detract from the story and there are many more books to come in which to expand.
I also wish Gabby had been slightly more tech savvy. Just because you’ve lived for hundreds of years doesn’t mean you can’t be up to date on the world you live in now.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Marguerite Devereux. I adored her character. A street smart, total badass, she wants her revenge, and she wants it now. The interactions between her and Gabby were my favorite part of this
novel. She is a reflection of the way the dark world can turn an otherwise
innocent person hard.
In saying that, Marguerite is clearly the type of person that Gabby could have
become. They are two sides of the same revenge laden coin. Their different outlooks and choices create an interesting portrait of how handling life's tragedies can change you.
Have 2012 go out with a bang and get
your copy of Prescription for Delirium December
Also, if waiting just isn’t your
cup of tea (I know it’s not mine) you can find a little
bit of back-story on Gabby and her Van Helsing lover in the anthology Paramourtal.