The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

Title: The Silver Kiss
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Published: 1990
Details: Paperback 198 pages
ISBN: 0-440-21346-0
Picture is from Goodreads
Summary is from back cover

“Zoë is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful but frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoë’s brooding thoughts about her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years ago. Does Simon dare ask Zoë to help free him from this lifeless chase and its intolerable solitude?”
I wasn’t actually looking for this book when I came across it. At the time, I was more familiar with Klause’s Blood and Chocolate. I decided to give it a chance when the summary got my attention. The story is told from both Simon and Zoë’s point of view. Zoë feels completely alone. Her mom has cancer and is in the hospital. Her dad is constantly by her mother’s side. Zoë is basically left on her own to deal with everything. On top of that, Zoë’s BFF is moving away, but it’s not like they talk about what’s really going on. Simon is a vampire who survives by being invisible and forgettable. Simon, who has been alone for a long time, just wants to be seen. In an odd sort of way Zoë and Simon are kindred spirits. This book really touches on the loneliness, hurt and anger we feel when something beyond our control takes hold of our lives. It also deals with issues like trying to mend broken relationships and not knowing where to start. The emotions that the characters feel are very realistic. This book also had a bit of mystery to it. There is a Serial Killer on the loose that has the town on edge. This is a good read. It only has 198 pages and took me about a day to read AND I have to mention that I didn’t expect the ending.


  1. <3 this book! it was my 1st vampire book i ever picked up. I agree w/ the ending it was sad. Simon*sighs*


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