This book baffled me. The cover gives the impression that it will be full of paranormal events and mystery but what was delivered was something completely different. It felt like a light fiction with some weak fantasy thrown in.
Set in the time when women are not allowed to vote, hold a job, or do more than be a homemaker, Olivia wants to break out of that. She wants to go to college, speak her voice, and even vote. Her dad will have none of that and starts treating his daughter the same way he treated his wife, who ultimately ended up leaving him for those reasons. He makes a rash decision to hire a hypnotist in the hopes that having his daughter hypnotized will rid her of her independent thoughts and make her a subservient daughter. It all backfires when Olivia still has her strong willed thoughts but now she can see “everything the way it really is”. She sees things that should terrify her but instead she just accepts them.
Olivia’s character was supposed to be a strong force to be reckoned with but I read her more like an okay character with a weak story arc. I find it very difficult to believe that she would openly and quickly accept the new changes to her “normal”. Being able to see ghosts and “things as they really are” would have freaked anyone out but Olivia just shrugged it off.
I had really hoped there would be a stronger paranormal presence in this story but it never happened. Olivia’s weird obsession with Dracula meant she constantly saw vampires everywhere. Her father was a vampire, people he worked with were vampires, and you get the idea. She constantly talked about the book and pushed it on everyone she talked to. It bothered me and came across unbelievable.
The actual plot of the story was predictable. Since I could sense the end of the story from the very start, there was no great AH-HA moment for me. I was let down by what I read. I’m not upset I read it but I certainly was not blown away. Everything just felt MEH. If you read this and loved it, I can only wish I read this with your eyes.