Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing #1)

32452160Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.

Author: Vivian Shaw
Category: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 320

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Dr. Greta Helsing is a doctor that specializes in medical care for the undead. Vampires, vampyrs (there is a difference in this universe), mummies, ghouls, etc. If it’s undead, she can treat them.

Murders have been taking place all over London and the victims all have a rosary left on their person. When a vampire is attacked by these mysterious murderers, Greta ends up getting involved and stakes a personal interest in tracking down the killers.

The story itself was…okay. The premise of a supernatural doctor that was played up in the premise didn’t seem to play role in the actual driving of the story beyond it being how an in jured vampire was introduced to the story which kicks off the whole thing. There was a whole thing with an infant ghoul but that was really just character development and did not impact the main story at all. More than anything it kind of felt like just another paranormal mystery.

Dani’s 2¢

I do think that the audiobook for this book is great. Susanna Hampton does a fantastic job narrating and I got a little addicted to her voice. Many narrators talk somewhat slowly to enunciate the words but Hampton picked up the pace a little so it was pretty refreshing to not have to set the speed to 2x.

Maybe my issue with this is that I just finished reading The Dresden Files and so feel a little winded when it comes to urban/paranormal fantasy. I think because of this I was just not ready for another paranormal book and I don’t feel like this one was “different” enough to really stand out.

I don’t think there was anything wrong with the story, it just did nothing for me.



Greg’s Thoughts

While the premises was intriguing before I read this, it unfortunately does not hold up. The characters are interesting and realistically written but can be very slow. Even when some kind of action is happening, it seems to slog on.

I had a problem with the audiobook. There felt like no breaks when switching between POVs. One minute we would be following the main character and when it switches there is no pause. It jumps straight to the next sentence and I constantly got lost. It was very frustrating.


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