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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Help by Cynthia Fridsma is a thrilling horror tale that follows vampire Sybil, a freelance agent for the Anti-Terrorism Unit in the US who struggles to live a normal life among humans. She injects herself with liquid silver to suppress her craving for blood. She has even gone as far as breaking up with her boyfriend just to keep him and his children safe, but her self-restraint is tested when these loved ones are involved in a car accident. At the scene of the accident, she lets loose her strong urges and embraces her nature as a vampire. It is not just her insatiable craving she has to face but a most powerful evil that has returned in the form of Dr. Mengele who must be stopped. But do Sybil and her colleagues have what it takes to stop him?
Help by Cynthia Fridsma is well crafted with strong historical hints in references to Auschwitz. Characters like Dr. Mengele are compelling. Dr. Mengele is the embodiment of evil and one that leaves terror in his wake. Cynthia Fridsma creates a world inhabited by humans and other creatures, including the undead, ghosts, and vampires. It is well-conceived and stunningly executed. The plot contains strong plot points — the quest for a magical book, the fight to stop Dr. Mengele from gaining power, and Sybil’s struggles with her own demons. The story is told in beautiful prose and the pathos is strong as readers follow Sybil struggling to live like humans. She is a fully drawn protagonist that readers will root for. This is a thoroughly enjoyable book for fans of horror; it is a riveting tale with unforgettable characters, most suitable for readers who enjoy dark themes.