# of pages: 368
I like the idea of vampire stories, but I don’t like most vampire books. With the exception of the Twilight sage, Sunshine by Robin McKinley, and Dracula, I have yet to read a vampire book that I really like. Unfortunately Daylight has joined the ranks of bad vampire books.
The story is about a man named Bad, a caver and policeman, who is caught up in a complicated web of relationships after he helps retrieve a body from the ocean that is floating below a cliff. All of the characters in this book are related in some way. It’s actually neat how Knox ties them all together. I was fascinated by the characters of Father Daniel Octave, Ila, and Martine. Other than that, I didn’t like many of the other characters. I think my favorite character was Martine even though she doesn’t play a big part in the book. She was a good person and didn’t fall into the disgusting habits that her friends were engaged in. That’s another reason I liked Ila, he was trying to follow Martine’s example. I did not like Dawn whatsoever. She had no self control and I felt like she was really selfish.
The entire story is very vague and there isn’t much dialogue. Knox narrates the dialogue. I personally don’t like this method of writing. I like to hear things “firsthand” and decide for myself if a character is angry, sarcastic, mysterious, etc. I don’t like being told all of that without any evidence. I’m not sure if I’m making myself clear, but I felt like it was hard to really get into the story and understand the characters because they don’t have much of a personality, mainly because the reader doesn’t “see” them speaking much.
However, I did like the idea of the story. I only wish it had been told a little better. I almost gave this 3 stars because I liked the way vampires and saints were placed side by side, but the narration and vague timeline gave the book an uncomfortable feel which outweighed the story’s potential. Overall, I only recommend this book to vampire lovers and people who don’t mind bad language and sex scenes. Also, I think people who appreciate and enjoy unconventional writing styles would also appreciate this book.