Article first published as Book Review: 666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs on Blogcritics.
666 Charing Cross Road is a light hearted take on the gothic and supernatural. The action is split between London and New York, and starts in Manhattan. Shelley works in a museum, and is dating her boss, Daniel. He’s stuck up, but she puts that down to him being a posh Englishman. Things are going reasonably well until Shelley’s aunt Liza gets in touch with a weird old bookshop on London’s Charing Cross Road and starts ordering spooky tomes. Soon, a dusty leather book arrives which Liza finds repellent, and her dog even more so. Daniel, however, is fascinated by it.
Liza soon realises it’s stained with vampire blood and carries an evil entity, but it’s too late. Daniel calls forth the power into himself, and at the same time it gives life to Bessie – one of the artefacts in the museum. It seems the newly-powerful Daniel and Bessie are mortal enemies. Daniel’s aim is to infect the whole of New York, and beyond, whereas Bessie is determined to put a stop to the evil curse. But she can only do it with the help of her human friends. And so off to London they go…
This is a real page turner. It’s all quite tongue in cheek and yet has elements of supernatural myths and legends which really make you think. 666 Charing Cross Road is a good fun, engaging vampire novel with a difference. I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author.