Lamia was a queen of Libya, whom Zeus loved. Hera turned her into a monster and murdered their children. Or, alternatively, she killed Lamia’s children and the grief turned her into a monster. Lamia was cursed with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children. Zeus gave her the gift to be able to take her eyes out to rest, and then put them back in. Lamia was envious of other mothers and ate their children. ~Wikipedia
Now, about the book with the same name. It is by a less known author called Tristan Travis. I happened to borrow it from a friend and read it ten years ago. I loved it! A couple of years ago, I began looking for it again, and I couldn’t find it anywhere! I happened to mention it to D, he was SO sweet and sent it to me as a birthday present this year. It was even hardback!
It is very hard to believe that this is the authors first book. The writing is intense, the language clear, and the flow, unstoppable. The pace never falters and the legend of Lamia is turned into a modern day tale. A city cop, Valjohn, is on the trail of a serial killer, who murders his male victims and sexually mutilates them. Things go smoothly until he gets caught up so badly that his very life is in danger from someone/something he has no control over.
The narrative is replete with slangs and adult incidents, some scenes are very graphic, but since I read it at 13, I guess most of you can take it. K however, one her way to the loo at night, couldn’t contain her nerves on seeing the cover of my copy, and promptly turned it over 🙂
Well, each one to his own, I guess. But this book is a must read if mythology and psychopathic killers are your thing; they certainly are mine!