Autumn is my favorite time of year for curling up and reading books that will scare the bejesus out of me. This book came highly recommended to me. My husband has been singing its praises for over a year now. He kept telling me that this book would be just the thing to keep me awake at night. He was right.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires grabbed my attention right from the get-go with its entertaining writing and fabulous characters. This book took me back in time to the ‘90s, to a book club of Southern housewives with a fascination for true-crime thrillers, serial killers, and mysteries.
When a mysterious stranger moves to their neighborhood, local children start going missing, and horrific things start occurring. Is it Patricia Campbell’s overactive imagination from all of these book club selections or is this newcomer to blame? She's bound and determined to find out, she has to protect her family, after all.
When I started reading it, I spent a good bit of time laughing out loud and reading passages to my husband. While I enjoy being amused by my reading choices, I must admit that I wondered if it was going to be scary or just humorous.
Well, there was no need to worry whether this book would satisfy my craving for an eerie, creepy reading experience. Yes, it’s absolutely frightening! It had my pulse pounding, had me cringing and looking through my fingers with some of the gorier scenes, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
I was at about 84% when I had to charge my Kindle. Nooooooo! Putting this book down was the last thing that I wanted to do. My heart was racing, my nerves were frayed, and I desperately wanted to find out what was going to happen.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires was just the book that I was looking for. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end, had me invested in the characters, and had me adding more books by Grady Hendrix to my to-be-read list.