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Review-The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 stars ⁣


Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia's life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they're more likely to discuss the FBI's recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club's meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he's a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she--and her book club--are the only people standing between the monster they've invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.


The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires really delivers on the spine chilling creepy vibes of spiders crawling up your spine. If you are squeamish about bugs and body functions there may be parts you might want to skim over. There is also a trigger warning for rape. It's not detailed but it's there, just fyi.

Grady Hendrix does a fantastic job of creeping you out. I mean there were times where I was like, ick and eww and he excels at pissing you off as well. The patriarchy and racism is strong in this story and it will make you want to punch all the men and some of the women in this book. The story takes place in the 90's and I couldn't help but feel like these women were living in the 50's, I wanted to shake all the wives and tell them to snap out of it. Is this what being a housewife in the 90's was like?? Maybe this is what southern women were like in the 1990's?? I'm not from the south so I don't know but it greatly annoyed me.

The protagonist Patricia does stand up for herself a few times but man I wish she had better support to really lay it into them. There were a few things that Patricia did in the book that had me scratching my head. Overall the book kept me captivated and I enjoyed the ending.

This may be a great book to read around Halloween or if you're like me and enjoy a spooky read all year round, then I highly recommend picking up this book.

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