Author: Gray Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books
Released: April 7th, 2020
Warning: Animal death
I received a copy of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is one of those books I heard about in passing, and yet immediately knew that I had to take the time to read it. Ideally, right away. Written by Grady Hendrix, this is arguably one of the most unique reading experiences you can find. Have you ever wanted to see a bunch of Southern mothers go out and hunt vampires? Well, good news!
Patricia Campbell once had a great life planned out for herself, but she gave all of that up for marriage and children. Her life has steadily become smaller, with the highlight quickly becoming the neighborhood book club she attends regularly.
That is, until a strange new neighbor makes an appearance. From that moment on, nothing in the neighborhood seems to be the same. Before you know it, Patricia, alongside the rest of her book club, are opening their own investigation into what is going on. Though it seems highly unlikely that they could ever have prepared for what they actually found…
“You’d rather get stabbed forty-one times than ruin the curb appeal of your home?”
Warnings: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is a novel unafraid to dive into the more graphic elements of life. There are depictions of the elderly with dementia, which comes up several times. Additionally, there is a scene depicting animal death early on in the book. It hits hard, just to warn you.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires was such a unique and fascinating reading experience. I went into this novel expecting something spectacular and different – and it provided. This book was everything that I hoped it would be, and I don’t get to say that every day.
What I really enjoyed about this novel is that there was plenty of time to get to know Patricia and her shrinking world – well before the new guy walked into her life and flipped everything on its head. It did more than set the stage, it explained how all of this could have happened in the first place.
Despite the vampire hunting element (which in itself was fun), The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires surprised me by just how human it felt. Patricia’s struggles are not uncommon, and they were portrayed in a way that really rang true. Likewise, her allies in the book club all felt like real people – albeit quirky ones.
Part of me almost wishes I had gone into this book having no idea that vampires lay ahead (though obviously the title gives that away). It would have been fun to see how long it took me to put the pieces together. You can tell Hendrix had a lot of fun merging multiple elements and genres together, as a good part of this book felt like the beginning of a true-crime novel. That is one of the many reasons I loved reading it.
This is the first book I’ve read by Grady Hendrix, but I have to say; I’m impressed. At some point, I’m clearly going to have to go through his backlog! In the meantime, I highly recommend The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires for anybody looking for something fun and totally different.