Book Review for Nymph by Dean Harrison

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Nymph by Dean Harrison is a unique book.  Before I speak about the novel, I would like to focus on the title.  Nymph can identify a lesser deity of mythology, a beautiful or graceful young woman, or a maiden.  For those whose mind is in the gutter, it can also mean nymphomaniac.   While reading this book, I found that the title identified all aspects of the word Nymph, may those aspects by mythological, or sexual.

After reading the shocking prologue, we are introduced to a man named Jason.  Within only a few paragraphs, Jason is presented as an irresponsible, codependent character.  Although, a novel is supposed to chronicle the growth of a character, Nymph doesn’t provide us with this growth.  For the point that is being made with this book, growth cannot be allowed as it is identifying a demographic of person who sees with their heart and not their brain.

At the beginning of Jason’s introduction, Jason has quit his job because the media has convinced him that the world is supposed to end on New Year’s Eve.  When New Year’s Day comes and the rapture hasn’t happened, Jason realizes he has made a mistake and is now unemployed.

Not long after his immature actions, he lands a position regarding hotel work.  While working in the hospitality field, he receives word that his aunt has passed away.  Being a person who was never close to his aunt, he is surprised when discovering he has inherited her entire estate, and is now a millionaire.

After learning of his new fortune, he goes to a bar with his friend, Skip.  During their visit, Marion enters, and for Jason, it’s love at first sight.  After Marion and Jason share brief conversation and flirting, they return to his workplace and have sex in her hotel room.  Since he does this while on shift, Jason’s supervisor sees him leaving Marion’s room via security cam in the hall.  This results in Jason losing another job.

While Jason’s inheritance has him taken care of, he is not worried about his unemployment.  Yet, what is bothering him is the fact that he might never see Marion again.  Once accepting his rendezvous was nothing more than a one-night stand, fate brings Marion back into his life.  Determined not to let her go, Jason invites her to move in with him and be his girlfriend.  She accepts.

When his family meets Marion, they see all the red flags suggesting she isn’t a trustworthy person.  However, due to Jason being irresponsible and jumping blindly into a relationship, he doesn’t listen to their warnings.  All he cares about is what Marion promises him emotionally and provides him sexually.  Even when they present evidence to Jason that Marion has undergone multiple aliases and her past is filled with death, he makes excuses for her.

Upon ignoring everyone’s pleas for him to leave her, he decides to ask her hand in marriage.  Of course, she accepts, while he remains oblivious to the grave consequences in store for him.  Throughout Nymph, I tried guessing what Marion was, and was pleased she wasn’t a vampire.  For a while, I thought she was a succubus, but I was wrong again.  When she reveals her true self, I was pleasantly surprised and refreshed as she is a creature that is fitting to her personality and rare for modern day horror fiction.

From a scale of 1 to 10, ten being the best and one being the worst, I give Nymph a 8 ½.  My reasoning for such a high rating is because of Mr. Harrison’s talents in storytelling.  His novel not only provides good character development, twists, setting, and pacing, but it provides food for thought.

For anyone who asks me to sum up Nymph, I would say, “Nymph is a cautionary tale about irresponsibility and the dangers of jumping into relationships.  It provides tangible characters and situations while becoming seduced by a sex starved creature from the underworld.”

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