Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
Published July 25th 2017 by Orbit
Goodreads Summary: Meet 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.
Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills – vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been groomed for since childhood.
Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.
Review: If you’re looking for a quick supernatural read, I suggest checking out this book. What initially drew me to this book was the cover. It looks awesome and then after reading the synopsis, I knew it would be something up my alley. I really enjoyed the author’s take on certain creatures, especially vampires and vampyres, which are actually different from one another in this book. I loved the concept of a human doctor, a Helsing no less, that specifically treats supernatural creatures including vampires, ghouls, and the like. Normally when I think of the name Helsing, I think more of vampire slayers rather than healers. I liked the main characters of the book and the story was definitely interesting, however as I was reading, I felt more as if I was just observing the scenes rather than engrossed in them. I didn’t feel very connected to the characters so while I know that there were scary parts that should have made me really nervous like I normally do but they just didn’t seem to phase me. Overall, I did enjoy reading this book and I will be looking forward to reading the sequel.
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.