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'Shy and strange was the look with which she quickly hid her face in my neck and hair, with tumultuous sighs, that seemed almost to sob, and pressed in mine a hand that trembled. Her soft cheek was glowing against mine, and I felt again that strangest of aches in the pit of my stomach, for something of which I knew not.'
Laura Bennett, a young Woman living with her Father in Styria, is bored. Apart from the occasional visit from some of her acquaintances, each day is spent either with her Father, or with their servants. Laura is desperate for some company of her own age, and seems to get her wish, when a strange young Woman, named Carmilla arrives outside of her home by chance.
Carmilla's Mother leaves her in the care of Laura's father, fearing that if Carmilla is to travel any further, it could damage her already delicate health. Laura is over the moon with Carmilla, and the two soon develop a strong bond. A controversial Romance blossoms between the pair, and as each day passes, Laura starts to notice that there is something peculiar about Carmilla.
Why is she walking in the grounds of Laura's house late at night? How did she get out of her room without unlocking the door or the window? Why is she always so devoid of energy?Laura is about to discover the truth about Carmilla, and it will shock her and everybody that's close to her.
The story is told in the past tense, through a series of letters and journal entries, written by Laura and other's involved.
I found this book incredibly interesting. The story is an adaptation of the original Gothic Romance, Carmilla. After reading this, I feel the need to read the original too, because I took great interest in this book. It was refreshing to read a Vampire story that is so different from the modern ones we have now, and I thought that this was incredibly well written full of beautiful language and flowing dialogue.
The original version of this book, Carmilla, was written by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. David Brian, a fan of the original book, adapted it and added his own touch. I was actually given this book for free, through a giveaway from the Author, and I'm incredibly grateful, since it is a fantastic book.