I don’t care if a book gets a lot of praise from mainstream book critics, like The Radleys by Matt Haig. I have never given those critics any more regard than I do for book bloggers or the anonymous mob that reviews on Amazon.com. It’s word of mouth that will sway me into giving a book a chance, and that’s what has perked my ear with The Radleys, because the word of mouth has been very favorable.
And that’s what a book with vampires needs to get me the least bit interested these days. I haven’t read as many vampire novels as most horror and dark fiction fans, but I’ve read enough that I need something that breaks from the norm. And a suburban setting with a British family who just happens to be vampires strikes me as a book that diverges from the conventional wisdom of vampire lore. The parents have always known, but their two teenage children are only realizing they are different. It sounds utterly fascinating to me.
Have you heard of this book? Have you read it by any chance? Are you, perhaps, sick of vampires?