Top positive review
I really enjoyed this, and I'm not an avid gothic/vampire story reader.
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2017
After finishing, I realized that this is probably the first vampire book I’ve ever read. Eons ago I tried reading Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, but put that one away after a couple of chapters. Couldn’t get into it, and didn’t read any other vampire stories until this one. This one isn’t gothic at all. Contemporary. The Radleys are an ordinary middle-class British family: mom and dad know the family secret, but their son and daughter do not. The parent vamps are abstaining, they don’t kill or drink blood any longer. It isn’t easy for them, but they’ve made it work for 17 years now. All is typical, including adolescent misery, an average neighborhood and dad’s dull medical practice, until the daughter is forced to commit a shocking act of violence.
I like Matt Haig’s writing style. I read his Science Fiction novel, The Humans, earlier this year and loved it. So funny! The Radleys isn’t humorous, but it is a fun and entertaining read. I’ll read more of Haig’s books, I’m sure. Very good stuff.