The Radleys

The Radleys 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 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

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975 He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages The Guardian has described his writing as delightfully weird and the New York Times has called him a novelist of great talent whose writing is funny, rive

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  • Hardcover
  • 366 pages
  • The Radleys
  • Matt Haig
  • English
  • 12 July 2018
  • 9781439194010

10 thoughts on “The Radleys

  1. says:

    Find all of my reviews at was looking for a scary vampire story You re probably thinking, duh, Salem s Lot, you idiot Well smartypantses, that was my first choice too and then The Cloud ate it Whoever decided we should put our faith in clouds anyway They aren t very stable Anywho, since the geniuses at all hail couldn t solve my problem all lickity splitty like I demanded don t they know who I am I have fives of followers who want to know what I m reading , I decided to pick up another vampire book and prepared to get all scurrrrred with The Radleys Jokes on me This one wasn t scary at all but it was awesome The Radleys take all of the redonkulous things there are to complain about when it comes to vampire stories and turns them on their ear To begin with, the Radley family members are vegetarians No, not that kind You know what I m talking about The dreaded vampire vegetarian No blood, no foul, right Well, it was up until the Radley teens started pubing out and discovered some of their buddies might actually be their own personal brand of heroin Ahhhh, if only everyone could be as restrained as Edward Cullen and be satisfied to simply stalk the girl of their dreams Such is not the case with the Radleys, however, and a little accident happens Leading the Radley parents to seek some outside help in order to cover up explain what s going on with the children Enter Uncle Will who for whatever reason I pictured as something kinda like this Well, without the extra face on the back of his head and all that jazz Thank you, brain Wes Bentley Good right Wait, where was I Oh yeah, making a picturebook So anyway, Uncle Will arrives to save the day introduce us to some vampire clich s and eventually all the skeletons figuratively, not literally come tumbling out of the closet, resulting in a most delightful twist on a book about family Highly recommended to anyone looking for a different kind of vampire story.

  2. says:

    Matt Haig is turning into my newest favourite author I especially love that he is English and that one of the major scenes takes place in a cinema in Thirsk I always like it when I can say Been there I did not meet any vampires though Not that I know of anyway.I thought this was a very amusing book with a slightly different take on the vampire life style I enjoyed our insights into the Radley family and their attempts to live a life without drinking blood Some of the quotes from The Abstainer s Handbook were hilarious I was entertained by all of characters as they struggled with all the issues of a normal life made worse by the added problems caused by denying their true being A thoroughly enjoyable book which could be read by anyone, not just readers who like the para normal or who are looking for horror There are vampires, there is blood and a touch of horror but basically it is a book about families and the ties that bind Very well worth reading.

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    The Radleys is not exactly a paranormal romance Both the back of the book and the introductory letter in our ARC by Free Press Senior Editor Amber Qureshi call it a domestic drama , or as Amber says, of an American Beauty than a Twilight This is an accurate description I think I barely remember American Beauty , and exactly the reason I fell in love with The Radleys by the end of the first chapter.The writing here is solid It flows, it s quick, light, and oh God you have no idea how much of a wonderful relief this is it s intelligent There s no pandering, no painfully awkward witty exchanges that are trying too hard and often failing to be funny The dialog is natural, and the characters speak the way normal people speak In England, anyway I can t emphasize enough how wonderful it is to read a vampire book with a tone that isn t dumbed down or soaked in angst, and doesn t take itself too seriously.But again, calling The Radleys a vampire book isn t fair The vampirism here is really incidental Being a vampire and all the blood, biting, and changing that go with it really only serve as a stand in allegory for everything from alcohol to the suppression of basic aspects of human nature for the sake of conformity And it s kind of awesome.It s not perfect, thoughRead at You re Killing.Us

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    4.5 stars The Radleys is an awesome story if you re looking for something a little out of the ordinary Which I was The plot is pretty crazy in the way that only something in a suburban ish setting can be Think, American Beauty, but with fangs Cute, huh It s about the lies that you tell your spouse, the lies that you tell your kids, and the lies that you tell yourself Mostly, though, it s about the consequences of repressing yourself just to fit in I mean, there s got to be a happy medium, right

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    Let s get one thing straight here, shall we This isn t a book about vampires.Okay, yes It s a book which has vampire characters I won t dispute that But the book itselfthat s not what it s about Not the way I see it.This is, instead, a book about family and relationships and love and how we love the people who hurt us, and hurt the people we love It s a book about the blurry lines between our intrinsic nature and desires the way that we cope with those things And it s about how you play the hand you were dealt All this is wrapped up in a clever, well written, sharp voice with just enough hints of gore to keep you a little sick, but not so much that it ever over shadows the relationships in the story.I ll admit, I found this to be something of an emotional ride It was just SO DARN DEPRESSINGat times I thought for sure it would end as low as it started The ending was a real surprise for me, and worth the wait This book really reminds me why I am an adult who reads young adult fiction.

  8. says:

    Excellent little story of family secrets and what happens when a tightly woven lie begins to unravel.In this story, Peter and Helen Radley have moved out to a pleasant village in the English country side to raise their children, Rowan and Clara They wanted to escape their wild life in London and live a quiet, ordinary life with their children and live a peaceful, normal life Well, as normal a life as you can have, when you are an Abstainer, a non practicing vampire.Their quiet life takes a decidedly non quiet turn when teenaged Clara is attacked at party by another teen boy and goes vamp on him and kills him Her parents are now faced with explaining the family secret to the kids, who had no idea they were vamipres, and finding a way to cover up this murder.Lots of fun, good family drama, and a nice resolution Recommended for folks who like vampire stories but don t want all the Twilight teen drama or vampire paranormal romance.

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    Rating 3 starsPlot 2.5Characters 3Writing style 3.5Matt Haig s The Radleys is a story about at first sight ordinary small town family that happen to be abstaining vampires Their lives are changed forever after one bloody night 17 years of secrets starts coming out.It s not your typical book about vampires I really enjoyed this fresh take on what it would really mean to be one I wasn t the biggest fan of the plot and characters development though The beggining of the book was very promising but later on it got choppy and a bit dull LTU vertinimas 3 vaig dut sSiu etas 2.5Veik jai 3Ra ymo stilius 3.5Matt Haig Radliai tai istorija apie, i pa i ros niekuo nei siskirian i , ma o miestielio eim , kurie i ties yra vegetarai vampyrai J gyvenimai negr tamai pasikei ia vien kruvin nakt 17 met saugotos paslaptys pradeda atsiskleisti i knyga n ra tipin vampyr istorija Patiko kitoks, naujas po i ris tai, k reik t b ti vampyru.Deja, nesu av jo siu eto ir veik j vystymas Knygos pra ia buvo puiki, bet v liau istorija vietomis tapo nuobodoka, kai kurie skyriai pasirod visai beprasmiai.

  10. says:

    Twilight eat your heart out In this immensely satisfying read Matt Haig presents us with the Radleys a typical middle class English family that just happens to want to drink your blood But like good Britons they are fighting against their baser instincts and leading an upstanding existence in a quaint country town Having recently read Ian McEwan s On Chesil Beach the portrait of the, yet again, typically repressed Brits was especially on point But than poking fun at the English stiff upper lip it was nice to see a vamipre story with some actual blood in it s veins one that gets down to the nitty gritty of what it would mean to actually be a vampire with out romanticizing it too much.Ultimately, The Radleys was able to take this well worn genre and have an entirely fresh take on it It calls to mind something like what The Sopranos did for Mafia films or even a touch of Shawn of the Dead So of course the next question is, sequel Mr Haig note this book was a Goodreads First Readhttp sometimesjenniferreads.wordpre

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