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

So, I drifted away from ghost stories in October and found myself entrenched in a vampire book instead. “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” audiobook popped up as available on hoopla and since I’d been meaning to read it, I jumped on it.

It begins with Patricia Campbell who, along with a handful of friends, leaves the boring, stuffy neighborhood book club. The group form their own non-book-club and read mostly true crime. Eventually, Patricia wishes for some excitement in the real world, not just in the books she reads.

Her wish is almost immediately granted when she is attacked by an elderly neighbor who she discovers digging through her trash. Soon after, she meets James Harris – a charismatic young man who is new to town. He quickly ingratiates himself into the neighborhood.

But, children are dying in the less affluent parts of town, and the women become suspicious. I’ll leave the story there, as I don’t want to give away the best parts.

It was both funny and scary in a way that I like a book to be. I laughed out loud at some points and lived the characters panic at others. Definitely recommend if you are a fan of vampire fiction. I believe I read that Grady Hendrix described his intent as writing what would happen if Dracula met his mother.

I’m definitely planning to check out some other books by Hendrix – I’ve added “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” to my TBR list to start.

Rating: 4 stars

Favorite line: “What’s the point of free love if nobody showers?” (As part of the book club’s discussion about Helter Skelter…another book on my TBR list)

Tea: You have to go with sweet tea for a book about a southern book club. My go to for iced tea these days is Bigelow’s Perfect Peach.

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