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Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a real monster.

Patricia Campbell's life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a goodbye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she's always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings they're as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip.

This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn't felt in 20 years. But there's something off about him. He doesn't have a bank account, he doesn't like going out during the day, and Patricia's mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl, an impossibility.

When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik, but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?

©2020 Grady Hendrix (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Better than I expected

Despite being so intrigued by the story I was so hesitant due to the negative reviews & a lot of people saying the same things like the women being spoken down to by their husbands. But I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. This is set in the 90s & where women are house wives who are always so polite, put their husbands, house holds & children before even themselves & what they want, even if they are right. This is not how I grew up so was an adjustment to be in that world. So many times I just wanted to scream at Patricia to be more firm. But for this life it made sense. Patty was a persistent character despite all the hurdles & knock downs she took, and thats what I liked about her so much & the spine she had developed by the very end. A great story about the monster next door & to pay attention & not ignore those nagging feelings thats something is not right. Grady Hendrix always paints such an amazing story & characters the only thing that turns me off his writing is the constant use of the word SAID. There was a time SAID WAS DEAD, not so much any more & I don't think Grady ever got that memo. There should be a limit on how many times an author can use that word. For me it takes away from the feel & emotion of dialogue between characters when so many other words can be used to help convey how a character is feeling or severity of what they are wanting to say. This is the 2nd story of Grady's I have listened to & this was also the only negative I had for that other book.

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  • E. Greenhouse
  • 20-04-2020

Author’s friends must be giving 5 stars

This book is just plain bad. I don’t know how it’s gotten such high marks - other than the author’s friends must’ve reviewed it - because it’s really terrible. First off, it DRAGS and DRAGS on in the middle where all of a sudden you’re listening to “Stepford Wives” - southern women being told what to do by their husbands and what do you know, just going along with it! But this isn’t the 70’s it’s the 90’s and apparently no one would EVER think to say “No” to their husband in the 90’s, right? Oh and then the main character’s husband writes his wife a script for Prozac (professionally not allowed by the way) ...again, she just going along with it instead of standing up to him...and she just zones out of her life while the story turns into a bad Stephen King novel of rape, grown naked men feeding on young naked children and it gets to the point where you’re asking yourself “Why am I still listening to this?!” I had to quit. I was trying to make it to the end to see if this book had any redeeming qualities or story turn but it simply does NOT. Please save yourself the credit, it’s not worth it. Audible Original - did anyone at Audible actually listen to or read this book before putting it on here?! Total garbage.

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  • NorthernPerson
  • 21-04-2020

Not my cup of tea

I got 1/4 of the way through this and just had to stop. The author's writing skill is good (witty, keeps your attention, well edited) and the narrator excellent, but the content just turned me off; much too gory and the detail of horrific injuries and the color of injured parts, just ugggghhhhh. The accurate minutiae of living with someone with Alzheimers (down to details like food in her water glass, spit dribbling, etc) was bleak and depressing. And I draw the line at dogs being hurt, so upon reaching that point I realized this story is just making me more disgusted than entertained so I threw in the towel.

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  • Maria
  • 11-04-2020

Disappointing

I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it's one of those stories that relies on the main character behaving stupidly, her husband treating her like she's a 5 year old, everyone forgetting very traumatic events and just moving on in order to advance. The reader can suspend disbelief to an extent. This is too much. It kicks you right out of the story.

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  • autumnmemory80
  • 20-04-2020

Started Out Great...

I am from Alabama, so I liked hearing the interesting storyline set in the South. At first the narrator was lovely, then she started getting on my nerves. I enjoyed the story to a point, but by the time it was over, it was just okay. Not my favorite I have read this year. I would recommend it to fans of this genre, but it was just not all that amazing to me.

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  • cindy henzel
  • 14-04-2020

Bananas

“We’re not a lynch mob, we’re a bookclub.” Buffy the Vampire Slyer + Stepford Wives + Nancy Drew + The Help = Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2020

More juvenile than I thought it’d be...

A lot of the story is pending on Patrica acting and thinking like a 5 year old. It’s a bit excessive... I was really excited about this, but the readers performance is the only reason I held on. They touch on vampire rape as well? Love the reader, didn’t care for the story line. Really tried to push through it but it didn’t get much better. Better ready for maybe a 17 year old.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-2020

Great book, really different take on vampires.

The cockroach will make your skin crawl! Wonderful, really wonderful, brought me back to Georgia

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  • Yvonne
  • 29-04-2020

So So

I enjoyed the beginning of this book. I got a kick out of seeing how many books their book club read that I had read. And some of the interactions of the book club ladies was humorous. However, after that it turned a bit dark for me. This is more in line with Stephen King that Kristen Painter. So if you like the dark scary books you may enjoy this but it's not for me.

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  • Barbara Lederer
  • 29-04-2020

Not the strong Southern ladies I know

Too long , wimpy portrayal of the women, disappointing stereotypes . Slow speaker did not fit narration

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  • Candace Barrow
  • 22-09-2020

good story with a few twists

My only issue is that I didnt expect some of the more adult content. Please be advised if listening around little ones that there is some sexual content.

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  • DiStudios
  • 10-08-2020

Really disappointing

Terrible book, misleading title as there is only one vampire and he is a poor excuse for a creature of the night. Awful writing. This is essentially Desperate Housewives with one crappy boring vampire thrown in. Very graphic also., with an unnecessary rape scene. SPOILER All the male characters suck and the female characters have no depth, the only character I liked was the dog and he dies. Do not recommend.

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  • barbiebrown3000
  • 04-10-2020

Realy enjoyed this book

Good story telling and the right amount of detail and suspence. Like the caracature discriptions and personalitys

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  • Johnathan Mccloskey
  • 23-04-2020

the love child of steel magnolias and Dracula

this is the second Grady Hendrix booked I've listened to, the first being my best friends exorcism. I loved the story the characters and the person that read it. set in the early 90s about a book club, friendship a mysterious new neighbor and good southern values. for whatever reason Grace reminds me of Whizzer from Steel Magnolias

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  • jackie storey
  • 17-11-2020

Different perspective

Absolutely loved this book, which offered a slightly different perspective on the vampire novel. The description of life in a small American town was evocative and people's reactions believable.

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  • Grace
  • 17-11-2020

did not finish

I enjoyed the narrator - she brought to life the Southern USA accent for me and was well placed. Did not enjoy the plot line - I'm unsure if it was supposed to be funny? But the characters were all painful and the husband's seemed excessive. Possibly more enjoyable if you enjoy horror

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  • L. Sheppard
  • 14-11-2020

Insubstantial...

1. If you could sum up ‘The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires’ in 3 words, what would they be? - Deficient, displeasing and lacking. 2. How credible/believable did you find the narrator to be? - Bahni Turpin’s narration was excellent and at times a much needed/appreciated stimulus. 3. Any additional comments? - I had high expectations and have unfortunately been left feeling dissatisfied, wanting. The concept was original and imaginative, yet in my humble opinion poorly executed.

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  • Alice B.
  • 01-10-2020

Great story and performance

This was my first audiobook and I really enjoyed it. The performance was excellent and I loved the story. There should be some trigger warnings as it gets very grisly in places!

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  • Kayann stargazer
  • 29-09-2020

easy read or lisen

I really enjoyed the book. and the narration was great too. I recommend the book.

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  • Nicola
  • 19-09-2020

What a book...

This book was amazing. It was a lot darker than I though it would be, initially I thought it would be a more comedic listen and while some parts made me laugh, other parts made me have to stop my car at the side of the road on shock! Excellent book and 1000% recommended!

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  • melanie
  • 18-08-2020

oooh that was good!!

ahh such a good story! excellent characters, you feel really drawn it, such a good read!

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