by Matt Haig
Synopsis: Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception: Peter and Helen are vampires and have—for seventeen years—been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives. [...]
The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love. Read it and ask what we grow into when we grow up, and what we gain—and lose—when we deny our appetites.
My Opinion: Good!
The Radleys has been on my to-read list for some time and I'm glad I finally read it as I found it quite interesting.
Though the characters are vampires, this is not a novel about the bloodsucking monsters we are used to but about a family having to deal with quite common problems: bullying, lie, betrayal but also love.
I found the characters very nice, well-written and terribly human. I enjoyed following Rowan and Clara once the truth about their nature was revealed.
I don't have much to say about this novel except that I liked reading a vampire novel that is so far from the usual stories, one that focuses on family.
It is not the best book I've read but I found it nice and quite refreshing.
To summarize: If you want an original vampire story, try this one.