The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

TW: Racism, Sexism, Gore, Abuse etc.

Rating: 3.5/5

“Sometimes she craved a little danger. And that was why she had book club.” 

Always a planner, Patricia Campbell finds herself in a position that doesn’t give her as much freedom she dreamed of when she gives up her career as a nurse, to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother. Now, she’s never felt so small and unimportant. The days are long and the kids are ungrateful and her husband is distant which is making her pull away from him. But, there is one thing she has: her book club which is the only excitement she has in her life. Or so she thinks? That all changes when children start to go missing after an artistic and charismatic artist comes into town, Patricia finds herself thrust into a tale far more terrifying than she and her book club ever imagined.

Well, this book was more entertaining than I thought and not my usually choice but it sounded intriguing when I saw it on goodreads. I normally don’t read a lot of dark humor so did take some time to get into but the more I read, the more I started to like it. The book is set in the south in the 90’s and there are parts where it talks about how the south treated minorities and women so that’s something to think about before checking this book out. And on that note, the book also made me frustrated and angry and to be honest it was more of a trigger than anything because gaslighting just makes me anxious. As someone who was gaslight for many years, I felt like that was one of the many reasons I couldn’t fully get into the book cause it brought back memories. I know I shouldn’t of let the book trigger because I know it’s not personal but it just made me think of stuff that I haven’t thought about in a long time. But, if dark humor is up your alley and you don’t mind gore then this book might be something you would like.

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