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The Radleys by Matt Haig February 13, 2013

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The Radleys are you average British family.  Like all suburbanites, they are hiding a deep, dark secret.  They are a family of vampires.

Parents Peter and Helen have chosen the “stiff upper lip” route by following the Abstainer’s Handbook and not giving in to their urge to drink blood.  So hidden is their true nature, children Rowan and Clara don’t know they are vampires.  The two Radley children are pale pariahs, plagued by photosensitivity and weakness.  It’s not until one night young Clara accidentally kills a classmate while fending off unwanted advances that the truth comes to light.  Unable to hide the secret anymore, the Radleys must face their true identities.  To complicate matters, Peter’s wayward brother Will, an unabashed blood drinker, arrives to “clean up” the mess Clara left behind.  A complicated history between the family members reemerges during this crisis.

Matt Haig deftly illuminates the repressed British struggle under the guise of a modern vampire tale.  The Radleys is a wry and witty dark comedy with enough blood and guts to please any vampire lover.