Friday, 25 November 2011

Something For The Weekend

I haven't had a great deal of time for reading recently as I've been going full pelt at my manuscript, but I thought I share with you, some of what I did manage to read.

Now this book, when you hear what it's about are either going to say - yay! Or put your head in your hands and wail.

The Radleys, written by Matt Haig.

Book blurb:

Meet the Radleys - Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in a typical suburban English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But, as their children have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret. In this moving, thrilling and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain - and lose - when we deny our appetites.

My Thoughts:

The Radleys family secret is that they're vampires. The children are unaware of this at the start of the book but that changes one fateful weekend when a party goes wrong for the Radleys daughter. She is stunned to find out she's not actually ill as she'd originally thought she is in fact a vampire. I really really liked this story. It's set in suburbia based "normality" and the vampires are living pretty ordinary lives. It's a lovely modern twist on a vampire themed novel. I loved that the family could be anyone and anywhere. They tried so hard to blend in. It's wonderfully written and something that is worth checking out, even if you're not a vampire fan.


  1. It sounds good, enjoyed your review of it, and really like the cover.

  2. I've had this book on my list for over a year. One day I'll get my hands on it :-)

  3. Karen - It really surprised me. I don't normally go for vampire related books, but this one was a bit more than the normal vamp stuff, it's the adjusting to life and its changes. A great read. The cover is lovely isn't it. :)

    Sarah - It's definitely worth reading.

  4. I'm not really into anything that involves vampires, werewolves, etc., but have to admit the 'everydayness' of the setting is a new twist that has me curious. I enjoyed your review and now am tempted to check out the book. Thanks. :)

  5. This sounds like quite a cute tale! Must admit, I'm not keen on vampires, but I reckon I could give this a go.

  6. Nice review, Rebecca. I too not keen on vampires but I do like supernatural elements so may givew it whirl...

  7. It sounds like a fun story and not one I'd heard of. Thanks for the review!

  8. It seems everyone is similar to me with this one. Not really a vampire book type of reader, but this take on the story got my interest. It really is worth a look.

    Carol - I'm the same as you. I've never really had an interest in those types of books, but this is different. You might find you enjoy it as well.

    Talli - I think you might find you like it. It's different.

    Pat - It is different and I really enjoyed it.

    Nisa - I would never have picked this book up, but I'd heard a positive review of it. It is different and worth a read.