Book Review: Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker

Sometimes our deepest fears are the ones we keep closest to our hearts

I received copy of Dracul in exchange for a fair review. I do think this novel was really interesting, but I was not convinced by parts of it. The synopsis sounded super though and that made it hard for me to push through the first few chapters.

Book Review: Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker


Title & Author: Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Release date: October 2 2018
Series: Stoker’s Drucla
Publisher: Putnam


The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a riveting novel of gothic suspense that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s — and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here…

A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents’ Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen — a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen — and that the nightmare they’ve thought long ended is only beginning.

I give Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker three out of five hearts because I had a hard time reading parts of this novel. There were parts where I raced through because I liked them and parts where I felt like I was struggling through honey or something.

The story is mostly focused on Bram as an adult and as a child. In his childhood, his sister Mathida is there to change things up, but the chapters for Bram as an adult spend too much time on trying to stay unclear and holding up tension.

I loved Bram and Mathilda as children, they are curious and when they fall into a mystery they dive in head first. Their caretaker Ellen is very interesting, she is caring and does everything to keep the sickly Bram alive, but even though his parents know they are willing to lie to keep the children safe.

The two storylines come together in the end, but I felt the present storyline was much too long and only the length of the past storyline felt like the right length. For a book with over 500 pages, it was much too long and I felt really hurt that the storyline only game together by the end and I had been annoyed with the book for almost 200 pages.

Overall I think the story could have done with less adult Bram and it would have been a better novel. The overall story is good and the characters are good. If I could give a rating for each of the storylines I would give the child Bram five hearts and adult Bram two hearts. But since I only hand out one rating for each book, I thought three hearts is correct.

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For now, let books enrich your life!

J.D. Barker

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