Matt Haig was a summer bestseller for 2011 and one of the most popular selections for the TV Book Club. I read it over one weekend as once started it was impossible to put down again.
This novel is about a suburban family attempting to live a normal existence in a typical sleepy English village and coping with all the pressures of modern life. But The Radleys have genuine skeletons in the closet which they are straining to keep secret. Without giving too much of the plot away this is story about a family of abstaining vampires trying to overcome (or rather subdue) their true natures and failing... And if you can remember what it feels like to be a teenager then just imagine the horror of enduring adolescence suffering both acne and an insatiable craving for blood.
The writing is tongue-in-cheek with an intelligent, quirky sense of humour, but still oddly believable and doesn't stray into pure fantasy. With short, snappy chapters frequently changing between key characters and their perspective, you are quickly sucked into the the Radleys world and simply have to keep reading. As all the reviews declare this is a real 'page-turner'.
If you're a fan of the TV drama/comedy Being Human then you'll devour this book, preferably with a nice hot cup of tea and not a glass of rhesus negative.
I loved this book and am keen to read more of Matt Haig's work. The Radleys gets a FIVE pig rating.
Do also check him out on twitter: @matthaig1 as he often tweets some hilarious one liners.
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