Book Review: The Radleys

The Radleys by Matt Haig

The blurb: Meet the Radleys: Peter, Helen and their teenage kids Clara and Rowan. An everyday family who live in a pretty English village and juggle dysfunctional lives. So far, so normal. Except, as Peter and Helen know (but the kids have yet to find out), the Radleys happen to be a family of abstaining vampires.

When one night Clara finds herself driven to commit a bloodthirsty act of violence, her parents need to explain a few things: why is their skin is so sensitive to light, why do they all find garlic so repulsive, and why has Clara’s recent decision to go vegan had quite such an effect on her behaviour…? But when mysterious Uncle Will swoops into the village, he unleashes a host of shadowy truths and dark secrets that threaten to destroy the Radleys and the world around them.

My review: There’s a lot of things I really like about this book. It reminds me of several British dark comedies, films like Keeping Mum and Death at a Funeral. There are some brilliantly funny, thought out plot twists in this book.

How does one grow up being a vampire without realising your true nature. A tricky question. I loved the Radleys, a quirky, English family with all the dysfunction created from living in a tight knit community of curtain twitchers sitting on a massive family scandal. This book is all about family and how you stick together when the chips are down and how we all have to learn to accept our true natures. Not that any moral lessons are overplayed, quite the opposite, this book is light and humorous rather than preachy.

This is a refreshing vampire novel, it’s not about brooding in the dark but the mundane everyday problems we’ve all had to face, bullying at school, peer pressure, being embarassed by your family, all the things that you can relate too growing up. I especially loved Rowan and his transformation! But I won’t spoil it, this is a great read if you’re seeking something new, funny and refreshing.

7.5 out of 10 stars! *******.5

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