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The Radleys by Matt Haig
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Oct 17, 2011

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Peter and Helen Radley have been keeping a secret. A really, really big secret. And not just from their suburban English town, but from their own teenage children. It's not the fact that Helen and Peter are bored in their marriage and lives (although that's part of it). No, the truth is far less mundane. The Radley's are reformed vampires, abstaining from human blood.

The Radley's was a quick enough read, but I still felt like everything was unfolding so slowly... There isn't really much action or exciting vampire attacks, and I never really felt the danger. Instead, this is a portrait of an unhappy family and their path to finding a semblance of peace. Which is great, but not exactly what I was expecting. It is definitely a more literary vampire novel, complete with strong, realistic dialogue. Finally, I liked it more than I didn't like it, but I don't think I will be thinking about this book after today.

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