The Radleys / Matt Haig

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Meet the Radleys

Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in an 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

From one of Britain’s finest young novelists comes a razor-sharp unpicking of adulthood and family life. 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.


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My Take
4 Stars


This book actually surprised me. It's a very easy read, broken down into small chapters. At first I didn't think this book was going to interest me much, but little by little I found myself getting sucked into the world of The Radleys.

At first glance, the Radley family seems like many other families; the father, Peter, finds himself day dreaming about his neighbor, Lorna; the mother, Helen, is withdrawn and has her own secrets; the son, Rowan, has a skin condition and is bullied by kids at school; the daughter, Clara, has decided to become a vegan and finds herself sick all the time without knowing why.

Peter and Helen are also hiding a big secret from their children. They are forced to expose their secret to the children when Clara does the unthinkable...they are vampires.

In a moment of panic and against Helen's wishes, Peter phones his blood-driven brother, Will, whom he wrote-out of his life 17 years ago. This starts a chain of events that seem to be destroying the already-dysfunctional Radley family.

All-in-all, I really liked this book. I would definitely recommend it!
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