The one where your mom was a vampire slayer. The Southern Book Club Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix [Review]

The book takes place in Mount Pleasant in the 1990’s. The place has a small town feel to it, everybody knows each other, there is no crime and people feel comfortable enough to never lock their doors and the biggest worries these mothers have are making lunch for the kids and taking them to soccer practice (or whatever). Life can be monotonous and tiring for these southern housewives so the perfect escape for them turns out to be the true crime book club they form.

When children start dying and a mysterious photo from the 1920’s resurfaces, Patricia starts thinking there is more to their new neighbor than meets the eye. Maybe those true crime books are getting to her head or just maybe there’s a reason why his old aunt has gone rabid and attacked her.

He thinks we’re what we look like on the outside: nice Southern ladies. Let me tell you something…there’s nothing nice about Southern ladies.

My Thoughts

The blurb says this is Steel Magnolias meets Dracula. There’s a portion dedicated to the relationships and the feel of community these women share which is nice. I felt myself getting frustrated at times with the gender roles in this book when some of these women were doormats to their husbands but one thing to remember; these are southern women in the 90’s. Some were taught to be good housewives and mothers and not do anything to shake things up. This is why some of these women want to look the other way when things get hard until they have no choice but to act.

Overall, this is a pretty entertaining read which can be awesomely gruesome at times. There’s a lot of pages dedicated to Patricia, her reasoning and her internal battle as she tries to grasp the possibility of this other worldly threat while at the same time trying to be the good little housewife she is expected to be. This is basically a “how would a housewife go about getting rid of the neighborhood vampire while juggling daily life” as it focuses a lot on the women’s experiences, in particular the main character Patricia.

Fans of books with a 90’s feel who want to add some vampire vibes to the mix, this is for you.

I gave this one 3 out of 5 mortars.

Sometimes she craved a little danger. And that was why she had book club.

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