THE RADLEYS by Matt Haig
Released: July 1, 2010
Source: Amazon UK
Page Count: 341
Rating: Loved it!
Inevitably, if you have abstained all your life, you don't truly know what you are missing. But the thirst is still there, deep down, underlying everything . . .
- The Abstainer's Handbook
Meet the Radleys
Peter, Helen, and their teenge children, Clara and Rowan, live in a typical suburba English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But, as their children have yet to find out, the radleys have a devastating secret.
In this moving, thrilling, and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain - and lose - when we deny our appetites.
The Radleys is a sinfully delicious treat, a witty tale of bloodthirsty suburbanites that manages to defy most of the tropes of the vampire genre.
The Radleys seem like your typical suburban family, even if they are a little odd. But beneath this veneer of normalcy lies a deep, dark family secret, one the kids don't even know - they are a family of vampires. When the truth comes out in a horrifying way, they have to face the reality that they can't keep living such a half-life, and they have to dig out the skeletons in their closet along the way.
It is incredibly difficult to describe this book without any spoilers! Just know that it's hilarious, with a classic British sense of humor and a dash of soap opera drama to top it off. (Basically, that means it's awesome.)