The Blood of the Viper

A Kate Pomeroy Mystery

Fiction - Paranormal
379 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2021
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

The blood of an Aztec blood ritual that took place in ancient times threatens the lives of a doctor in Maine in the spectacular paranormal thriller, The Blood of the Viper (A Kate Pomeroy Mystery) by Linda Watkins. Ready to settle down and start their family, Doctor Kate Pomeroy and her husband Jeremy return to their island home in Maine. Believing that their friend Omer killed her nemesis, Sokolov, Kate puts her past behind her and welcomes her new baby into the world. Kate is happy to return to her practice, and Jeremy is excited to be back on his boat. Unfortunately, when an eccentric gentleman buys the large residence next door, the peace and serenity they had finally earned are put to the test. Their new elusive new neighbor and his household are up to something menacing and have targeted Kate and Jeremy. What is this stranger's purpose in coming to Storm Island? Can Kate and Jeremy survive his evil plan?

Featuring a horrifying Aztec myth, The Blood of the Viper (A Kate Pomeroy Mystery) by Linda Watkins is a breathtaking thriller that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat from the first page until the startling conclusion. Impeccably written, it is a riveting story containing a chilling plot, paranormal elements, and sinister villains. Although this book is one in a series, it does well as a standalone. Picking up where the previous stories left off, the plotline and characters mature and the saga continues. If obsession, revenge, and blood-tingling scenes delight you, this is a series you don't want to miss. Phenomenal as always!

Pikasho Deka

The Blood of the Viper is yet another enthralling addition to author Linda Watkins' Kate Pomeroy Mystery series. After the events of the summer, Kate and her husband Jeremy Bradshaw welcome the birth of a baby boy named Tad. Living off the coast of Maine on Storm Island, Kate and Jeremy's somewhat humdrum life is interrupted when an old friend, Omer, pays them a visit. Meanwhile, a mysterious Finnish businessman named Nicholas Saarinen arrives on Storm Island and takes up residence in the mansion previously owned by their former neighbor Ian Morrison. It turns out that Nicholas is none other than their old nemesis Vladimir Sokolov. Suffering from wounds from the previous encounter with Kate and Omer, Vlad now desperately searches for the blood of the Viperae to heal his body and achieve immortality.

Dark, twisted, and filled with hair-raising moments, The Blood of the Viper is a gripping tale of mystery and horror that you just can't put down. Fans of dark fantasy or gothic horror are in for a treat, for The Blood of the Viper is set to sate their appetites. Moving at a blistering pace, Linda Watkins weaves an intricate yarn filled with twists and turns that keep you hooked to the narrative. The characters are distinct, with backstories that give them an added sense of depth. I found the characters of Kate, Omer, Vlad, and Francisco to be especially compelling to read. Overall, I found The Blood of the Viper to be a unique experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would recommend it to fans of gothic horror and dark fantasy.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Blood of the Viper by Linda Watkins is part of the Kate Pomeroy Mystery series. Kate has returned to Storm Island and is enjoying her life once more. She has her new husband, Jeremy, a new baby, and she is back at work. At long last, after all her trials, she has a normal life. Or so she thought. But the dark forces are still there, still plaguing her and it looks like Kate will need to fight once more. This time will be the most dangerous – the blood is waiting, waiting for a human soul, and it could wait forever. Its time may be coming though and Kate is about to be tested to the limit as she tries to keep herself and her new family safe from the preternatural menace haunting her.

The Blood of the Viper by Linda Watkins is the fifth book in the Kate Pomeroy paranormal series and, not having read any others in the series, this one made me want to go back to the beginning and read them all. This is a thrilling story that will drag you from the heady heights of a fantastic life to the deep, despairing gloom and terror the blood creates. The characters are well-rounded, real people with real-life problems and quirks that you can’t help but like and the plot is deep, sometimes terrifying. It will have you on the edge of your seat as each chapter desperately makes you want to read the next – before you know it, your nails will be bitten to the quick and the story will end. A fantastic addition to this genre. I'm looking forward to reading the whole series.