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Daylight

by Elizabeth Knox

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"Brian "Bad" Phelan, a New Zealand policeman and bomb disposal expert, likes to live dangerously. Bad is an expert climber and caver, and while on vacation on the French/Italian border, he helps bring a body out of a rocky, wave-swept cove. Curiously, the dead women bears striking similarities to a young woman he met years ago, shortly before she disappeared in a flooded French cave. Haunted by the strange connection, Bad is compelled to investigate." "Following a series of increasingly eerie leads, Bad learns the story of the Blessed Martine Raimondi, a World War II Resistance heroine and martyred nun. He also meets Eve Moskelute, the beautiful widow of a celebrated French artist; Daniel Octave, a Canadian Jesuit who investigates miracles; and most surprisingly, Dawn Moskelute, Eve's twin sister, who just may be a vampire." "Daylight is set in one of the most beautiful regions on Earth, from the unspoiled beauty of the Cinque Terre to the antiquities of Avignon, yet much of the action takes place in a world of caves and secret passages, of hidden cloisters and the rooms behind doors in the vaulted tunnels of medieval streets. It is in this "world beneath the world" that Bad Phelan finds himself face-to-face with history and myth, with phantoms whose hearts are still beating and hungry - and able to break."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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I detest vampire fiction and stopped reading "Interview with a Vampire" because I was so freaked out by the evilness of the characters. So why did I buy this book? The setting and the writing. My family has visited Menton, France, where much of the action takes place, and I love the entire region on both sides of the French/Italian border. I skimmed the book at the bookstore and immediately was hooked by Knox's prose. I also enjoy historical fiction and parts of this novel are set in the past. About two-thirds of the way through, I was getting uneasy about the possibility of a nun and saint being a vampire. Way too creepy. However, I persevered and was positively blown away by Knox's satisfying ending. I was worried that she would leave loose ends, but she didn't. All is revealed. I can't believe the reviewer who couldn't tell who was a vampire and who wasn't. This is no mystery by the end of the book. I still do not like vampire fiction; "Daylight" did include some pretty horrifying descriptions. However, the writing is so beautiful and characters so deftly drawn, that "Daylight" was worth the discomfort. ( )
  krbrancolini | Mar 24, 2011 |
It is an unfortunate fact that I almost never enjoy adult works by writers whose YA writings I love – cases in point, Ursula Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones (I'm still waiting for the kamikaze sex, Diana). This, sadly, is no exception. It's a vampire story, with a very original and different take on the mythology, but I found it slow and dull, and the characters unengaging. ( )
  phoebesmum | Nov 30, 2009 |
This is a strange novel and really hard to follow—you always have the nagging sensation that you’ve forgotten something that the author wants you to have remembered, that you’re missing something. What the book does a good job of capturing is, if you will, the pros and cons of being a vampire. The yearning for light, the fear of what you have become and what you might do to others, the desire to keep living, the desire to be a part of something others know nothing about. Eve’s devotion to her sister, whom she once believed dead, is touching and sad; Eve must give up her own normal life to act as an enabler. It was Eve that Ila meant to take, but she gives no sign that she wants to be a part of their world, warning Bad away. ( )
  jholcomb | Feb 16, 2008 |
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"Brian "Bad" Phelan, a New Zealand policeman and bomb disposal expert, likes to live dangerously. Bad is an expert climber and caver, and while on vacation on the French/Italian border, he helps bring a body out of a rocky, wave-swept cove. Curiously, the dead women bears striking similarities to a young woman he met years ago, shortly before she disappeared in a flooded French cave. Haunted by the strange connection, Bad is compelled to investigate." "Following a series of increasingly eerie leads, Bad learns the story of the Blessed Martine Raimondi, a World War II Resistance heroine and martyred nun. He also meets Eve Moskelute, the beautiful widow of a celebrated French artist; Daniel Octave, a Canadian Jesuit who investigates miracles; and most surprisingly, Dawn Moskelute, Eve's twin sister, who just may be a vampire." "Daylight is set in one of the most beautiful regions on Earth, from the unspoiled beauty of the Cinque Terre to the antiquities of Avignon, yet much of the action takes place in a world of caves and secret passages, of hidden cloisters and the rooms behind doors in the vaulted tunnels of medieval streets. It is in this "world beneath the world" that Bad Phelan finds himself face-to-face with history and myth, with phantoms whose hearts are still beating and hungry - and able to break."--BOOK JACKET.

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