I liked it! The writing style is a little simplistic and maybe subpar, yes. It wasn't the most shocking and unpredictable book in the world. It is nothing new, unique or dynamic. But where this book lacks in plotline, it makes up for in sheer creepy suspense. This book had me making faces on the subway, had me putting it down to collect myself - physical responses that are all good signs of excellent storytelling. I liked the characters, Eph, Setrakian, Fet, Nora and even Zach. They are all well-developed characters that again, aren't unique, but they are relatable and enjoyable. The Master is creepy as hell.For me, the stinger mouthpiece thing is probably a little overdone at this point in the Vampire game, but hey, at least they weren't sparkly. I won't join the boatloads of people comparing this to Stephen King, but I will say that it was a creepy, enjoyable read with lots of goosebumpy suspense.