Mayhem is a Brayburn. That family name meant a lot to the people of Santa Maria, California, but Mayhem herself didn’t really understand the significance of her lineage until she and her mom finally returned to their hometown. They had left town more than a decade before when Mayhem’s father died, presumably by suicide, and ended up settling in a small Texas town. And though Roxy was a victim of both emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her new husband, Lyle, that wasn’t the main source of the chronic pain that she always seemed to be trying to escape with booze and pills. Mayhem had no idea what caused this pain, though, because Roxy refused to talk about it — or, really, about their past at all.
This book is touted by many as a female-led, feminist retelling of The Lost Boys, and that definitely got me interested to check it out in the first place. As I was reading it, though, I couldn’t help but think of The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones. Why? The Brayburn women were very powerful creatures — almost like vampires, but not quite. They were mysterious and seductive, and absolutely deadly if left unchecked… But they didn’t feed on blood and had an alternative source to their mystical powers. Does that have you curious? If so, this is a good book to add to your TBR list.