Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are about their own families.
One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor’s handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well traveled and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in years. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind—and Patricia has already invited him in.
Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia’s life and try to take everything she took for granted—including the book club—but she won’t surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong.
Holy cow. What a ride this book was.
I have to say, I was not expecting to enjoy that as much as I did. I mean, I had heard great things about this book, but that doesn’t always mean a book is good.
But this book was great. I mean really. I couldn’t put it down.
Except I did put it down because I didn’t want it to end. Anyone else do that?
There are some trigger warnings for this book, so be aware of that. A hazard for any vampire book these days it seems.
The characters where great. I mean really, the author does a great job of painting Patricia as a woman who is is both uncovering the truth and seemingly coming unhinged to the people around her.
The world building was strong. Grady Hendrix’s world of the North Carolina suburbs in the 1990’s was really well done.
I loved our villain. James was wonderfully written. He was both charming and creepy all at the same time.
And that ending. Oh my goodness that ending! I loved it!
At the end of the day I had to give this book 5 out of 5 stars. How could I not? It was brilliant.