Book Review: “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendrix

southern book club“Sometimes she craved a little danger. And that was why she had book club.” Patricia Campbell had no idea just how much danger she and the other members of her small reading group would find themselves in, as she comes to suspect that a new neighbor might be a vampire. The 5 Southern ladies who gather to discuss true crime stories once a month live seemingly idyllic lives in their upscale Charleston neighborhood and are great fun to hang out with, but this is primarily Patricia’s story, and as such she is the most fully-realized character here. The reader will feel joy, sorrow, anger, frustration, and fear along with her throughout. This is a fun horror story, and the suspenseful moments really keep the pages flying by, but more than that this is a story about and a loving tribute to mothers. Mr. Hendrix expertly mixes realism with humor as he depicts the struggles Patricia has to deal with raising increasingly rebellious children with an unsupportive husband, while also managing the care of an Alzheimer’s-inflicted mother-in-law, and that’s before a possible vampire is thrown into the mix. A near-perfectly realized story that’s hard to put down, and will have you questioning just who you invite into your house in the future. ★★★★★ – Sean Farrell

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★★★★★ = Excellent | ★★★★ = Very Good | ★★★ = Good | ★★ = Fair | ★ = Poor

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