Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Judith reviews Death In The Family by Helen Treharne

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Yet again I’ve found myself reading a genre that is not my usual cup of tea. But, before I continue I have to say how much I enjoyed this book; it exceeded my expectations. Helen Treharne’s writing is so powerful and evocative, any reservations I had were swept away. The story is contemporary, the protagonist, Sophie Morgan, exists within what I call the ‘normal world’, with all the trappings of an everyday life. Except that she lives with the knowledge that vampires are omnipresent and unstoppable.
I always try to write reviews by setting out the techniques of the book that I enjoyed, so I won’t give away any spoilers.
Sophie, is a well-rounded, believable character; easy for the reader to empathise with. Indeed, the author brings all the characters, Kasper, her father, Mickey Kelly, her erstwhile lover, Charles Ferrers, the adversary, Margeaux Renard, self-appointed matriarch, to life with subtlety and foreshadowing. And the various points of view, shown through the omniscient narrator, works well.
At one point, through the author’s description of the Welsh town, Bethel, alongside that of the village of Bethesda, I had an immediate sense of place. I was instantly there. The internal dialogue of the protagonist that follows is an example of the clever intertwining of the horror and tension and the humour; “Why a vampire had decided to rock up there, heaven alone knew”. And this was one of the reasons I enjoyed this novel.
That and the fact that the plot is interesting (little spoiler here:- there is a mystery about an ancient manuscript) with twists and turns
Death in the Family is the sequel to Relative Strangers. But it is also a stand-alone book. I didn’t feel that I had missed out or was confused by any of the action.
I thought this book was perhaps one I might struggle with. I was wrong. And I would certainly recommend this book and Helen Treharne as an author.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Karen reviews Death In The Family by Helen Treharne

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Karen chose to read and review Death In The Family by Helen Treharne


This time, you get to know more about Julie, Sophie Morgan’s mother. During a four-week trip to Copenhagen as an exchange student, she meets Kasper, the love of her life in a café, losing him soon after. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Death in the Family, Helen Treharne has created an intriguing sequel to the first book of the Sophie Morgan series. Death in the Family provides the readers with more insights in the family. It is an entertaining and gripping read with Sophie Morgan, the very likeable main character and interesting other important characters; some of them were introduced in Relative Strangers, some are new. Helen Treharne develops the story pleasantly – it has a great flow. Again, I was drawn into the story right away, was pretty close to all events. This second instalment is a worthy sequel to Relative Strangers. I love it when paranormal meets thriller. Death in the Family is a great read for paranormal and/or new adult fans. Also an interesting reads for those who read their fair share of vampire stories and appreciate a different angle.

This a book and/or series to read again. Recommended!

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Karen reviews Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne

Today we have a book review from team member Karen, she blogs at

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Karen chose to read and review Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne


My Opinion

The book introduces you to Sophie Morgan, 23. A trip to Belgium, destined to let her forget her broken up relationship, triggers some unanticipated events. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Relative Strangers, Helen Treharne has created an intriguing story of a young woman who learns how to defend herself – without losing herself and her values. Relative Strangers is an entertaining and gripping read with a very likeable main character. She meets new persons, her instincts tell her who to trust. Helen Treharne develops the story pleasantly – it has a good flow. I was drawn into the story right away, was pretty close to all events. This first instalment is a very promising start of a series. A minor issue: 6-7 not too relevant words are missing (at least in my version). Relative Strangers is a great read for paranormal and/or new adult fans. Also an interesting reads for those who read their fair share of vampire stories

This a book to read again. Recommended.

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Cover Reveal – Death in The Family by Helen Treharne Plus #Free #Kindle days






IMG_0536Death in the Family

Sophie Morgan Vampire Series Book 2

Helen Treharne



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 Book Description:

Things are on the up for Sophie Morgan.

She fended off vampires on a holiday to Antwerp, escaped them on her return in Coventry, stabbed her neighbor and is slowly rebuilding her life in her hometown of Bethel. Running the family property business may not be lucrative but she’s happy. Since returning to Wales, she has only had to kill one vampire and thanks to the linoleum on her kitchen floor, even that was an easy clean up.

Then a mixed blessing arrives in the form of Mickey Kelly, the barman she had a brief flirtation with in Antwerp. After being missing for months, he arrives on her doorstep one rainy night. His brother has been murdered and vampires are coming for her. Little do the pair know that Sophie’s estranged father is among their numbers. He’s coming for his daughter… and he’s not the only one.

Death in the Family is the long awaited sequel to Relative Strangers, with some familiar faces as well as some new ones. Will Charles Ferrers, Sophie’s former adversary, pursue her to South Wales and if so, to what end? Who is the mysterious man following her? Will Sophie and Mickey finally consummate their relationship and where will it lead them? Or will there be more than one new man in her life?

Find out how our practical, resilient, if not slightly insecure, Sophie deals with a whole new range of challenges in the second in the ‘Sophie Morgan vampire series’. This time she has bigger problems than vampires to deal with. This time she has family visiting.

Death in the Family is the second Sophie Morgan vampire book and will be available from Amazon from 14th February – the perfect valentine gift for the vampire slayer in your life!


To celebrate the forthcoming release of the book, the author is making the first book in the series, Relative Strangers free on Amazon on the following dates:


January 24th

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February 14th

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It is available for free NOW for Kindle Unlimited


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Relative Strangers:

A Modern Vampire Story

Sophie Morgan Vampire Series Book 1

Helen Treharne


Book Description:

Meet Sophie Morgan… practical, Welsh, prone to occasional profanity, and seemingly a vampire magnet.

Sophie Morgan is 23 and has always done the right thing. She’s caused no stress for her family, worked hard through university, has taken a successful leap onto the career ladder and nurtured a reasonably healthy bank balance. It’s no small surprise then when, on a post relationship break-up, mini-break to Antwerp, she pursues a pair of thieves who steal her friend’s handbag. But this is only the start of her world being turned upside down. Ripped from the streets into a dark alley she is violently attacked, barely alive when quirky Irish bar worker, Michael Kelly, stumbles across the scene.

The pair, shocked by their experience and uncertain whether they have killed her attacker in the brawl which follows, go into the night for answers.   They get more than they bargained for. Sophie quickly learns that vampires exist, her neighbours back home aren’t what they seem and new boyfriends can be found in the strangest of situations.

Relative Strangers is the first in a new vampire series with a distinctly British flavour, but which will appeal to everyone. Reviews call it “a vampire tale with bite”, with “brilliant characters that draw you in” and a very fresh take on the genre. Read it now to find out reviewers are raving about.

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Helen Treharne Author 1


In addition to being the creator of the developing “Sophie Morgan” series, Helen is an urban poet and social commentator who can frequently be found ranting in the Twitterverse. She knew the degree in Sociology would come in handy some day!

Helen lives with her husband, three cats, an entrenched tea addiction and an increasing collection of stringed instruments. When she’s not writing she spends her time daytime hours working in communications and volunteers for a feline welfare charity. She also spends too much time watching Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

She also can’t be trusted near stationery and has probably had more come backs than Cher.


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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Teri reviews Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne

Today we have a review from book review team member Teri, she blogs at


She chose to read and review Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne


I’ve certainly read my share of vampire books, but this was somewhat of a new take and a fun read.

Sophie is an easy character to like.  She’s not perfect – she occasionally acts before she thinks, struggles with the right decisions, and is completely insecure when it comes to men – but that’s what makes it easy to relate to her character.  The way her relationship with Mickey gradually developed was very believable and a refreshing change from what I’ve seen in other books of this genre.  Sophie’s questionable choices got her into some interesting predicaments in this book, but she never backed down from challenges and played the hand she was dealt.

There were some repetitive words and incorrect word choices in some areas that may have been missed in editing and I felt like the first part of the book contained some backstory that could have been woven into the storyline a little better instead of having several pages of explanation about Sophie’s life.

Relative Strangers has some good laughs, a lot of action, very likable characters, and a nice twist at the end that sets up the next book in this series.  A very enjoyable read!

This review is based on a digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Barb reviews Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne

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Here’s Barb’s review.

What does it say about me that I liked the vampires in RelativeStrangers: A Modern Vampire Story better than I liked its heroine? The vamps aren’t emo teens, they’re not particularly sexy, they don’t fall in love with human waitresses, and they aren’t the nice guy next door who happens to be on a liquid diet. They’re mean, sneaky, often stupid, and very strong. Sunlight doesn’t kill them, garlic and churches don’t seem to bother them, and they don’t have to kill their victims—although they really, really want to. They are monsters who exist on a spectrum that ranges from inhumane to nonhuman-but-can-keep-it-together-if-absolutely-necessary. Best of all? They don’t sparkle.

Sophie Morgan is a young British woman raised by her grandparents and single mother with a solid moral foundation and work ethic. She’s done well in school and is successfully getting her career off the ground. When her boyfriend dumps her in an epic passive-aggressive mean—“I don’t want you to think he left a message for me on my answer machine. No, no, that would have been kind by comparison. He recorded a message on his voicemail to say if the caller was me that ‘it’s best we just call it a day, sorry.'”—Sophie’s best friend drags her off to a mini-vacation in Antwerp.

Life, as Sophie knows it, will never be the same. Somehow, Antwerp seems to be crawling with vampires who (despite preternatural speed and strength, not to mention immortality) devote their energies to a purse-snatching ring. She’s attacked, but survives with a wound that mysteriously heals almost instantly. In spite of her horrific experience, she and a sexy Irish bartender decide to return in the middle of the night to the scene of her attack, with predictably near-fatal consequences.

Clearly, this isn’t a book about making good choices. Oddly enough, I find that one of its charms. Like the vampires, Sophie and the other characters exist on a spectrum that affirms their human flaws. For the most part, Relative Strangers is a fast-paced, exciting read. But there were two consistent areas that were a problem for me. The first was the occasional lapse into lengthy but somewhat irrelevant tell. For example, Chapter One starts with a graphic description of Sophie waking up to hear an intruder in her house. It’s exciting in a “No-o-o-o, dumb-blonde teen, don’t go into the basement!” sort of way, especially when she proceeds to pound said intruder into vamp tartare. Great start, but unfortunately you have to wait until nearly the end of the book to find out what was going on there. Instead, Chapter Two starts out with the honest truth, “My life hadn’t always been this dramatic.” Sophie then goes on to document that lack of excitement at a detail level that could only be justified by having future plot points hang in the balance—only they don’t.

My second issue is the abrupt change in point of view from Sophie’s somewhat manic first person to a variety of third person/randomly omniscient narrators. As a writer who has tried to present alternating points of view, I can appreciate the difficulty, as well as the reasons for interweaving the story lines. But as a reader, this change was so abrupt and unexplained that it pulled me out of the story and even had me flipping back pages to try and figure out what happened to the context.

The main characters were entertaining and well-rounded. Sophie’s love interest, Irish bartender Mickey Kelly, is sweet but not too bright. Sophie herself has a strong and engaging voice, although there are a few unexplained things that didn’t really add up. How is it that Sophie—who we’re told is short and spends her days at a desk job—can outrun vampires, survive their attacks, and even wallop them to a pulp? Why do they show up wherever she goes, and attack her in such numbers?

Overall, I’d give Relative Choices three and a half stars. It was entertaining and an updated look at the genre. I enjoyed the British flavor of lines like “Lovely tea, distracting tea, it helps make everything better.” But I thought another round of careful editing could have addressed the issues that pulled me out of the story—the unfortunate number of edit and autocorrect fails, the pacing broken up by long passages of description, and the confusing point of view shifts. On the plus side, author Helen Treharne has done a particularly good job of winding up this story arc. She leaves just enough unanswered questions to set Sophie up for the next book in the series, and to have me looking forward to Book 2.

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