Friday 2 October 2015

Book Beginnings on Fridays - The Radleys

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


My book beginning is The Radleys by Matt Haig. It was in the Kindle daily deal offer yesterday and I started reading it this morning.


It is a quiet place, especially at night.

Too quiet, you'd be entitled to think, for any kind of monster to live among its pretty, tree-shaded lanes.  


 The Radleys 


Book Description:

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. One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking--and disturbingly satisfying--act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies. A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public. And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Clara's trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten the Radleys' marriage.  


  1. This sounds like a good read. I really enjoy family stories, especially those set in England.

  2. This sounds like a really fun read - i'll have to get this's my My Book Beginnings and Friday 56

  3. For a minute there, I thought of "Boo Radley" in To Kill a Mockingbird." LOL

    Vampires...hmm, not my usual favorite characters, but this story sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “THE GIRLS OF AUGUST”

  4. I really want to read this one. I almost didn't recognize it with this cover though!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  5. Clever twist on the vampire genre. It's interesting that a vampire would chose to be a doctor.
    My Friday post features Beneath Montana’s Sky.

  6. I don't read vampire books, but this one sounds good. :)

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