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City of Whispers by Katherine Sorin
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Jan 06, 2012

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If you decided to write a vampire story after watching the Resident Evil movies and listening to Billy Joel's "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)," you might get something like City of Whispers.

An epidemic has turned most of Manhattan's population into vampires, and the government has closed off access to the island. City of Whispers is the story of how a small group of survivors deals with their new nightmare reality.

Author Katherine Sorin has a good ear for dialogue and keeps the story moving at a good pace, so her novel is reasonably entertaining. (It feels more like a zombie story than most current vampire novels - there's precious little romance to be found here.)

She does not make the most of her setting, though. Aside from the mention of a few Manhattan landmarks and the use of the subway tunnels as a daytime hiding spot for the vampires, City of Whispers could be set in any urban environment.

The ending of the book makes it clear that Sorin has a sequel planned, and I will probably read it. I hope that she does more with her characters and her setting in her next book.
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