Kiss the Dead is the twenty-first installment in the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton and a Paranormal Romance from Berkley.
When a fifteen year old girl is abducted by vampire’s, it’s up to US Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more...
But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them...
Anita is called in the locate a missing girl who has been taken by vampire’s. When Anita finds her - she is surprised to see that most of the vampire’s holding her look like ordinary people. That means they are newly turned. And Anita should be able to control them through the marks she shares with Jean Claude.
But these new vampire’s do not belong to Jean Claude. As a matter of fact, they want nothing to do with Jean Claude - or Anita. They do not want to be controlled by anyone. That is all well and good - but Anita knows that all vampire’s, especially newly turned ones, need a master to help them control the blood lust.
Now Anita must find their maker - before it’s too late. Because all of these vampire’s have been issued a death warrant - and they have nothing to lose...
I am so happy with the turn this series has taken. Anita has control over the Ardeur and does not have to do someone every hour now which leaves her free time to be what she is supposed to be - a US Marshall who executes rogue vamps.
I give Kiss the Dead 4 out of 5 stars.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (June 5, 2012)