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The Radleys by Matt Haig
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Sep 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, fantasy, read-in-2011, crime-thriller-mystery, vampires, lasting-impression, books-i-own
Read from September 01 to 03, 2011

This is such an interesting, different book. I'm so glad that there is still some offering of non-stereotypical paranormal stories out there - If you can really class this as a paranormal. One thing that I loved about this book was it's setting - a typical English village, but for those still interested in the vampire culture, there's still hints of the vampire 'scene' where you'll find night clubs catering for those who are blood-thirsty. The writing made everything in this book feel so natural. Haig has managed to slot this Vampire family within your average human community very well. The characters have all got distinct personalities and could certainly be just like someone you know - but with a very important difference that not even some of the characters are aware of themselves, at first. It's important to note the real domestic issues in this book and some of the issues the Radleys face when trying to follow 'The Abstainer's Handbook'(excerpts included, which were very fascinating). This book focuses on the family itself and not their condition though it greatly affects them. I think that the subtleties of Haig's light writing are wonderful, including the hints of humour that he incorporates. I found this to be a refreshing, light but intriguing read and I'm very fond of the ending.
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