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 real monster.
Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a goodbye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip.
This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in twenty years. But there’s something off about him. He doesn’t have a bank account, he doesn’t like going out during the day, and Patricia’s mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl—an impossibility.
When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik—but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With its eerie feeling of dread and wicked sense of humor, this dark supernatural comedy will have you checking over your shoulder and laughing out loud. When a mysterious stranger moves into town, the respectful housewives of Patricia’s true-crime-obsessed book club find themselves investigating their neighbor as if he were part of a cold-case bestseller. But nothing in Patricia’s book collection could prepare her for what she finds. We loved how Grady Hendrix grounds this paranormal tale with real-world issues like racism, misogyny, “old-fashion values,” and, of course, friendship. Narrator Bahni Turpin offers a distinctive feel for every quirky character in the group, while Hendrix has a fantastic sense of pacing, slowly building the creepy tale to a breathtaking (and potentially bloodsucking!) finale.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel
Loved this book! Characters and setting are spot on. Dialogue is spot on! Loved that this author knew SC like the back of his hand. Couldn’t put it down. Made me laugh, cry, gag—all kinds of emotions. Can’t wait to see the series or movie!
I read the synopsis for this book and it seemed that the story would be fun to read. The sense of humor wasn’t. The main plot hadn’t yet begun and it dragged on that I completely lost interest in reading further.
Murderinos will love it
I think anyone can enjoy this book. G.H. has created characters that are very believable and work well together. Its not your typical vampire book and I find that refreshing.