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Review: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix @quirkbooks @grady_hendrix #mybookclubslaysvampires @night_worms

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires 
by Grady Hendrix 

Thank you to Quirk Books, Grady Hendrix and Night Worms for this gifted copy.

Publisher: Quirk Books
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
408 Pages
Genres: Horror, Paranormal

Fried Green Tomatoes and "Steel Magnolias" meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia's life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they're more likely to discuss the FBI's recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club's meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he's a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she--and her book club--are the only people standing between the monster they've invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.

My Review:

My fourth book by Hendrix, all have been 5 stars but I can say with some certainty that this is my new favorite! For those have read My Best Friend's Exorcism, this book is set in the same neighborhood (reminding me to never ever move to this fictional location) and the author's note states, "I wanted to pit Dracula against my mom. As you'll see, it's not a fair fight." SOLD.

Hendrix gives us our typical group of housewives who have their 2.5 children, nice homes and hard working, sexist husbands. They decide after a terrible introduction to someone else's book club, to start their own and they'll read more interesting novels, aka true crime books. Um, yes please. Can I join already?! But then Mr. James Harris comes to town and things start to turn grave. Patricia knows something is wrong but how can she convince her fellow housewives without looking absolutely insane? This book touches on the socio-economic divide and how the classes deal amongst themselves. Children going missing, how law enforcement reacts. The relationship between husband and wives during this era and women's ever underappreciated roles as wives, housekeepers and mothers.

With fresh gore and ew inspiring moments, we also have some levity and fun with the vampire/monster tale. Spanning almost a decade, we truly get to see how a monster can truly get his fangs into the meat of this small town. With Hendrix's unique style in the horror genre, we are blessed with another winner of a read. 


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