Life in small town America is hard for Jane. On top of the usual teenage troubles with peers and homework and boredom, Jane lives alone in a strange old house with her sick mother. Her mother has been near catatonic for years, afflicted by some strange wasting disease. It’s only Jane who keeps her alive, day in and day out. Day in and day out. Day in and Day out. But then one day everything changes. A new girl shows up in school. Her name is Sabrina and she sees something in Jane that she doesn’t even see in herself. Their friendship will push Jane to unearth the mysteries of her mother’s past and the dark history of her missing father. Forced to face a monstrous lineage, Jane will have to make decisions about just who and what she wants to be.
When I began reading ‘Parasite Life’, I genuinely had no idea that it is a vampire novel. I had never read a vampire novel before so ‘Parasite Life’ is something new for me.
The vampire elements of the story are second to the intriguing storyline of Jane uncovering her mother’s mysterious past. I think that Jane finding out about her mothers past through a hidden diary is an interesting way to fill in gaps in the story.
Despite Jane’s troubling behavior, I found myself really loving Jane (one of the things I loved about Jane is how good she took good care of her cat) and really hating her mother and the awful way she treated Jane.
I thought the LGBT twist on the vampire story is well done and I loved Sabrina and her relationship with Jane. I’m not going to lie, some of the blood-letting scenes did gross me out a little.
One of the most interesting aspects of the novel is how most people were repelled by Jane and the other vampires. In turn a small number of people in society who were actually drawn to the vamps and can easily be seduced by them. This raises so many questions about how much of the vampire’s victim actions are of their own accord and how much is being dictated by the vampires.
‘Parasite Life’ is a big surprise for me. I would never have thought I would enjoy a vampire book but I loved the story. I’m probably won’t read any other vamp books but I would definitely recommend this one.