He thinks we’re what we look like on the outside: nice Southern ladies. Let me tell you something…there’s nothing nice about Southern ladies.The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by: Grady Hendrix
Initial Thoughts: I don’t read a lot of horror novels. Fun fact: I have never read a Stephen King novel (yet). The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix featured on the list of the best books of 2020, so I decided to give it a read. The premise reminded me a lot of the movie The Burbs.
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.Goodreads
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.Goodreads
Patricia Campbell is stuck in a rut. Her husband never listens to her and is always more concerned with his job than his family. Her daughter doesn’t want anything to do with her. Her son only cares about WWII statistics, and her mother-in-law needs constant care. Patricia’s only reprieve from the burdens of family life is her book club where she and other southern suburban moms read true crime books.
But, when a hypnotic stranger moves into town, strange things begin happening. Patricia knows she isn’t crazy, but no one wants to listen to her. It’s up to Patricia and her book club to save their families.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires was a slow read. The action takes place over a long period of time, and there are parts of the book that were as dull as Patricia’s life. With that said, I still enjoyed the uniqueness and creativity that this book had to offer.Continue reading