Alex Owens’s Kill Me, published 2012, is the first (and currently only) book in the Blood Chord series narrated by Claire who is working hard to support her daughter and increasingly burdensome husband. She has a natural empathic talent that makes her very good at finding clients, and she attracts the attention of the enigmatic Bette. Indeed, the attraction is mutual, and Claire discovers she is not as straight as she always believed. Bette, however, is a vampire and chooses to make Claire one too.
Claire spends much of the book trying to understand what is happening around her and to her, while also doing her job and having to deal with her husband ending the marriage. She becomes a vampire, and a bloodthirsty one too, but she’s different, with strengths that make other powerful vampires seek to possess her.
I really enjoyed this book. Claire is intelligent and independent and makes an interesting human character as well as an interesting vampire. Blood, sex and morality.
I do have some minor complaints. Claire’s sudden bisexuality coincides with Bette taking an interest in her, which is dangerously close to the age-old trope of the unnatural lesbian vampire seducing the innocent straight woman and converting her. And the plot relies a little too much on people not explaining things.