The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – Book and Audio Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

This was our book club’s October book to celebrate the spooky season!

I’ve seen it around and this is my first Grady Hendrix book and it was a good introduction.

What’s your favorite spooky read?

Happy Reading!

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Grady Hendrix

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

4 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

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.


If you look at this book overall, it’s a good book. There were a lot that I enjoyed but I can say the beginning and the end were the best. This book wasn’t what I was expecting either. I thought it was going to be a book club that is plotting on how to take out a vampire the entire time. But it wasn’t. It didn’t really ruin the book but my expectations for it was completely different. I also found the middle a little boring. Realistic, yes but boring. One of the reasons I loved the beginning and the ending of the book was because of how unsettling it was. There was so much graphic detail and I was loving it. As a horror fan, I love reading scenes like this. I still have yet to find a book that scares me but it was definitely great. This book would have been so much better, in my opinion, if it had more details like this and was a little shorter.

The whole book takes place through Patricia’s point of view. So again, not really much about the book club but about Patricia. I really didn’t mind and I actually liked Patricia a lot. Her life was not easy or perfect but she still would do anything for her family and those she cares about. It was interesting at one point to really think, is she imagining this whole thing? But Patricia really puts herself out there and it was definitely a wild ride with her.

Final Thoughts

Overall, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix was an enjoyable book. It was a little different than I imagined but still a wild ride. I absolutely loved the grittiness of the beginning and ending of the book. It really brought that horror genre to the book. The middle was a little slower for me but with how the book progressed, it made sense. If I would have gone in knowing it wasn’t about the whole book club but more about Patricia the entire time, I would have maybe enjoyed it more. But if you like horror, I would highly recommend this book. If you are easily disturbed or made uncomfortable with ease, I would pass on this book.

Audio Review

NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book

The audio was done so well for this book! I really enjoyed listening to it and it brought a little extra to the book. Bahni Turpin did such a good job bringing Patricia’s story to life. I don’t know if I would actually ever read this book. I think this one is an audio one only.

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