The Radleys

The Radleys

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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.The Radleysis 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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439194010
1439194017
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: x, 371 p. ; 24 cm.

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LexiLou2
Jul 25, 2018

It started out great - Haig has a refreshing writing style with quick-turnover chapters and perspectives. It was disappointing that the Romeo & Juliet theme came up and ended up dominating the plot (the son Rowan and a girl). Oh well. It wasn't Twilight, at least!

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cheadlebeagle
Apr 01, 2014

A very enjoyable read and quite funny at times. A different take on vampires.

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iluvvideo
Sep 21, 2011

OK. I'll admit it. I'm a vampire nut!

This story is unique in the way it portrays vampires and vampirism. Especially 'The Abstainers Handbook' a guide to help vampires deny their blood craving instincts and to try and pass among the general populace unnoticed. The Unnamed Predator Unit, a secretive branch of the police force tries to keep rogue vampire incidents from general public by aligning itself with a group of powerful vampires who help provide information and discipline among other vampires.

Now meet the Radleys. Dad's a doctor, Mom's a homemaker with a talent for painting, dark and moody teenage brother Rowan and Clara a vegan who is just starting to become socially active. Vampires all, but Dad and Mom practice abstinence and have never discussed their vampire lineage with the kids.

At a party Clara has to fight off the advances of an over amorous bully who corners her alone. A shockingly violent episode leaves quite a mess. What happened? How to explain what happened to the bully's family, friends and even the police!

A call home brings her parents to try and control the situation but there are so many loose ends... An argument ensues over calling Uncle Will, a practicing vampire of some ill repute, who arrives to help, but also with family secrets and intentions to end the families abstinence and teach the kids their true natures.

Equal parts vampire story and story of family dynamics the book moves back and forth between the two spheres never quite deciding which it will ultimately follow. I never really became immersed in the book to the degree I wanted. The characters never really conveyed the urgency that the story required to sustain my interest. There is little sex or excessive violence to worry about. I ultimately added it to my list of books for young adults.

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lpreston214
Jun 29, 2011

Calling all vampire lovers! This is yet another vampire story but with some new twists. The Radley's are a vamp family. Dad, mom, and two teen kids. Only thing is, the parents are "abstainers" and have not had blood for 17 years. The kids don't know their true natures only that they get sick when they don't eat meat and get rashes when they go out in sunlight. When a catastrophic event and a visit by an uncle who is a practicing vampire reveal the truth the fun really starts.

Finally, a modern day vampire tale I can endorse. The Radleys are a family of abstainers. They are vampires, but they try to maintain a normal life by abstaining from human blood. That is until circumstances force them into the light, and they must deal with their supernatural thirst and desire. A page-turner, that also satisfies as a smart tale of family togetherness.

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Runner_Girl
Apr 06, 2011

This is a great book about family with an interesting twist on vampire mythology. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommended it to my mom who also enjoyed it very much. The book starts with very short chapters which make it easy to get sucked in quickly. Even if you think you are tired of all the vampire books out there, try this one! It's unique and you won't be disappointed.

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pigspen
Mar 10, 2011

If you're sick of Twilight, check out this satire about a family of non-practicing (at least at the beginning of the story) vampires.

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sweetpea222
Feb 22, 2011

It was just okay. Really looked forward to this, but found it dissapointing that it wasn't the turning pages late into the night kind of book that reviews on this book had made it out to be.

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modestgoddess
Feb 08, 2011

A "thinking person's" vampire novel - very enjoyable read. If you've seen and liked the movie Daybreakers, you'll probably like The Radleys too. If you like The Radleys and haven't yet seen Daybreakers - have a look.

debwalker Jan 10, 2011

The Radleys have secrets like other families, and one in particular that will rip your throat out. Matt Haig puts a wicked British twist on suburban family drama. Wry and racy, with the right fire in the blood to keep you turning pages late into the night.

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