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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 20 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?

©2020 Grady Hendrix (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Really disappointing

Terrible book, misleading title as there is only one vampire and he is a poor excuse for a creature of the night. Awful writing. This is essentially Desperate Housewives with one crappy boring vampire thrown in. Very graphic also., with an unnecessary rape scene.

SPOILER

All the male characters suck and the female characters have no depth, the only character I liked was the dog and he dies.

Do not recommend.

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Such a fun audio listen!

This was my first Hendrix and I LOVED it! Its a fun, energetic horror that is not my usual genre but was so engrossing to read. There are moments that make you laugh, make you cringe, gory images that turn your stomach and a couple of serious incidents. So light hearted is definitely not the word but it's definitely not your serious horror either. It throws all sort of stereotypes out there and I know that's one thing Grady has been criticized over. But for me it forms an important part of the time and small town culture of the book - it's uncomfortable truths that aren't meant to be altogether pleasing. I loved the women of the book club and the strange James Harris, and couldn't help imagining how our local book club would deal with the same crazy situation 😂This was one of the funnest audio books I have listened to! I had a physical copy gifted to me after I started but I just wanted to keep going with the audio as the narration was so brilliant. The strong southern accent and different character voices brings the small town community feel to life

Overall a fun read that i am so glad I tried. I am definitely gonna dive into Hendrix's backlog

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Realy enjoyed this book

Good story telling and the right amount of detail and suspence.
Like the caracature discriptions and personalitys

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the love child of steel magnolias and Dracula

this is the second Grady Hendrix booked I've listened to, the first being my best friends exorcism.
I loved the story the characters and the person that read it. set in the early 90s about a book club, friendship a mysterious new neighbor and good southern values.
for whatever reason Grace reminds me of Whizzer from Steel Magnolias

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Scary, funny & cool

Grady Hendrix is like a quirkier, more interesting Stephen King. Loved the characters, the story and the narration.

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Wow

I couldn’t stop listening to this book.
Knocked it out of the park!!
Two words. Get it.

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Loved it

The story was great, the telling was captivating and i just loved it.. A great mix of southern wives and toxic gender hierarchy aswell as a vampire

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Best book I’ve listened to in the last 12 months!

I was drawn to this book as I love the narrator Bahni Turpin. I couldn’t wait to keep listening and devoured it in a week! The women were such believable characters with a story line that was so different to books I normally go for but I’m glad I did. Sad it’s ended.

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Amazing Audiobook

I cannot overstate enough how amazing Bahni Turpin's performance was in this audiobook. The story was great, filled with Hendrix's usual charm. Would recommend.

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Another winner from Grady Hendrix.

another excellent story from my favourite modern horror writer and the narration truly brought the characters to life.

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  • E. Greenhouse
  • 20-04-20

Author’s friends must be giving 5 stars

This book is just plain bad. I don’t know how it’s gotten such high marks - other than the author’s friends must’ve reviewed it - because it’s really terrible. First off, it DRAGS and DRAGS on in the middle where all of a sudden you’re listening to “Stepford Wives” - southern women being told what to do by their husbands and what do you know, just going along with it! But this isn’t the 70’s it’s the 90’s and apparently no one would EVER think to say “No” to their husband in the 90’s, right? Oh and then the main character’s husband writes his wife a script for Prozac (professionally not allowed by the way) ...again, she just going along with it instead of standing up to him...and she just zones out of her life while the story turns into a bad Stephen King novel of rape, grown naked men feeding on young naked children and it gets to the point where you’re asking yourself “Why am I still listening to this?!” I had to quit. I was trying to make it to the end to see if this book had any redeeming qualities or story turn but it simply does NOT. Please save yourself the credit, it’s not worth it. Audible Original - did anyone at Audible actually listen to or read this book before putting it on here?! Total garbage.

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  • NorthernPerson
  • 21-04-20

Not my cup of tea

I got 1/4 of the way through this and just had to stop. The author's writing skill is good (witty, keeps your attention, well edited) and the narrator excellent, but the content just turned me off; much too gory and the detail of horrific injuries and the color of injured parts, just ugggghhhhh. The accurate minutiae of living with someone with Alzheimers (down to details like food in her water glass, spit dribbling, etc) was bleak and depressing. And I draw the line at dogs being hurt, so upon reaching that point I realized this story is just making me more disgusted than entertained so I threw in the towel.

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  • Maria
  • 11-04-20

Disappointing

I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it's one of those stories that relies on the main character behaving stupidly, her husband treating her like she's a 5 year old, everyone forgetting very traumatic events and just moving on in order to advance. The reader can suspend disbelief to an extent. This is too much. It kicks you right out of the story.

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  • autumnmemory80
  • 20-04-20

Started Out Great...

I am from Alabama, so I liked hearing the interesting storyline set in the South. At first the narrator was lovely, then she started getting on my nerves. I enjoyed the story to a point, but by the time it was over, it was just okay. Not my favorite I have read this year. I would recommend it to fans of this genre, but it was just not all that amazing to me.

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  • cindy henzel
  • 14-04-20

Bananas


“We’re not a lynch mob, we’re a bookclub.”
Buffy the Vampire Slyer + Stepford Wives + Nancy Drew + The Help = Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-20

More juvenile than I thought it’d be...

A lot of the story is pending on Patrica acting and thinking like a 5 year old. It’s a bit excessive... I was really excited about this, but the readers performance is the only reason I held on. They touch on vampire rape as well? Love the reader, didn’t care for the story line. Really tried to push through it but it didn’t get much better. Better ready for maybe a 17 year old.

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  • Yvonne
  • 29-04-20

So So

I enjoyed the beginning of this book. I got a kick out of seeing how many books their book club read that I had read. And some of the interactions of the book club ladies was humorous. However, after that it turned a bit dark for me. This is more in line with Stephen King that Kristen Painter. So if you like the dark scary books you may enjoy this but it's not for me.

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  • Barbara Lederer
  • 29-04-20

Not the strong Southern ladies I know

Too long , wimpy portrayal of the women, disappointing stereotypes . Slow speaker did not fit narration

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-20

Great book, really different take on vampires.

The cockroach will make your skin crawl!
Wonderful, really wonderful, brought me back to Georgia

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  • Candace Barrow
  • 22-09-20

good story with a few twists

My only issue is that I didnt expect some of the more adult content. Please be advised if listening around little ones that there is some sexual content.

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