I have not read a book about vampires since Twilight so I was really excited for this one. The title of the book drew me in too! Vampires and Book Clubs? Ok!!
Patricia is our main character who is in a book club formed by women who had left their prior dictatorship type of book club. Out of all the women in this book, Patricia is definitely my favorite character. She’s trying to do good for everyone including helping out their new neighbor James Harris. Patricia takes care of everything while her husband is busy working his way up the ladder at work.
One night she catches her Harris in an act so horrific that she still doesn’t believe what she saw. All of the sudden the mystery behind the kids disappearing makes perfect sense. This is where I felt bad for Patricia because when she tried to warn her book club friends and husband about the man everyone has come to love, they brushed her off. One of the women goes so far as to end their friendship. Her husband wants her to control her craziness with medication. If only they would have believed her.
Fast forward a few years, and life is good for everyone. A little too good. That’s when Harris strikes again, and this time it’s a little too close to home for Patricia. She once again asks her book club to help her. Will they brush her off again?
I wanted to love this book. I really did, but it was just too long for me. There were a lot of parts that lagged, chapters with a lot of detail. I think this book could have been shortened by about 200 pages, and been fine. I’m not one for a slow burn unless it’s the build-up of a romantic relationship.
Book Rating: 3/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with The Collection Cabernet Sauvignon.
Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.
But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.