Part supernatural and part deep south drama, “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendrix has completely drawn me in after just one chapter! The novel centers on Patricia, a mom living in Charleston with her husband and teenage kids. Her life is filled with mundane tasks and people, until she’s attacked by an older woman one night after leaving a book club meeting. Enter James Harris. James is the handsome nephew of the elderly woman who attacked Patricia. He’s well read, educated and charming… but when people from town go missing, Patricia starts to worry that there is more to this man that meets the eye.
I picked up this book from the library as an audiobook. The narrator has a slight twang in her voice that drips with the essence of deep south charm. Just by listening to the story, I feel like I have been transported to Charleston and I am experiencing the story along with Patricia, the main character.
So far the book feels like a mix of mystery, horror and humor. Author Grady Hendrix’s writing is easy to read and transports you into the mind of Patricia. He also is a master with descriptive language and sets the scene expertly.
Right now I am nine chapters in and I can’t wait to see what happens. I’ll be sure to post a review once I’ve finished the book!
Till then, Happy Reading!
PS. One of things that drew me to this book is that it centers on a book club! I love the interpersonal dynamics that the club creates within the story! It opens with a discussion of the different types of book clubs. For more info on that topic, click here!