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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend. 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.
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Emilymdxn
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Hey there @BookwormAHN 🥰 here‘s your spooky #trappedonanisland list for October!

BookwormAHN Nice choices, thanks 👻 2d
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robinb
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LOL.

🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤

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Blh87
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the writing, but the story moved a little slow for me. It may have been my fault, because I read to other books while reading this one, but I think the pace could have been picked up a bit. It was also a much heavier book than I anticipated, so I‘ll need to find something a bit lighter next!

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Pickpick

A low pick. I was in the mood for something light and whimsical. This started out that way, but then took a turn. Not a bad thing, just not quite what I was in the mood for.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Also I really hated the husbands, and it took too long for all the ladies to get on board and help/believe Patricia 4w
Emilymdxn I loved this book but I can see why it wasn‘t quite the vibe for what you were looking for! The husbands annoyed me so much too 4w
Reggie Yes to punching all the husbands in the face. 4w
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Blh87
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Started this a few days ago! I‘ve heard good things, and so far, I am enjoying it.

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LeafingThroughLife
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This will be my second time calling one of Grady Hendrix‘s comic satire of a horror book fun which seems weird but this book was…fun. I love how, like in Horrorstor, Hendrix has put his very otherwise ordinary characters to work fighting evil - not only the storybook evil of vampires but the more insidious evils of racism and misogyny that unfortunately plague our day to day lives.

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Jeansandatshirt
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“I think,” Grace said, and they sat up straighter, “that it shows a remarkable lack of planning on Betty‘s part. If you are going to murder your best friend with an axe, you should make sure you know what you‘re doing.”

Jeansandatshirt I am a mood reader, and I like psychological thrillers. So let me say that the writing is excellent - vivid description, likable characters. So much to love! Also - vivid description! Ugh yucky poo! So I prefer the less graphic in my old age maybe? I‘m not saying I won‘t pick it up in the future! Limited reading time means I‘m pickier about what I read, so moving on - for now! 1mo
ShyBookOwl I ADORED this one. You're right, some of the descriptions made me squirm which is REALLY RARE for a horror fan like me. I did it on audio then bought the hardcover for my shelf lol Great story with rich characters 2w
Jeansandatshirt Hmmm - I wonder if I‘d do better listening? I have such a hard time maintaining interest anymore! Stress and just life “stuff,” I think! 1w
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abookishbutterfly
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Monica5 😂😂 Me, too 😂😂 2mo
ozma.of.oz A cousin once asked for recs on Facebook and I left a 500 word comment. 😅😅😅 (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @ozma.of.oz same. 😂😂 2mo
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GypsyKat
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Not my favorite of his books, but still a good read.

Gnora Grady Hendrix uses he/him pronouns. 2mo
AmyG Ha…this was my favorite. 2mo
MelissaSue81 Definitely my fave from him!! 2mo
GypsyKat @Gnora my bad, I didn‘t realize. 2mo
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GypsyKat
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I love when hardcovers have little details like this, also this green color is giving me life right now! 😍

5feet.of.fury I haven‘t found anything good under a slipcover in a while! That is a cute minty green too 3mo
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GypsyKat
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Reading in the shade. 🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s so hot here!!! I‘m ready for fall reading on my porch! Enjoy your day! 3mo
GypsyKat @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s hot here too, we gave up and came inside to read in the air conditioning 😅 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @GypsyKat I don‘t blame you 😂 3mo
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guidosophia
Mehso-so

I liked my best friends exorcism better but this book was also very entertaining. took a while to get to the action which made it a little slow but i still enjoyed it

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Cortg
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The title pretty much sums up the story. It takes place in Mt. Pleasant, SC outside Charleston and it was genuinely a fun audio to listen to. Sometimes you just need a story about book club ladies and a vampire.

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suvata
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It‘s not often that I come across a truly funny, horror novel but this one definitely fit the bill.

Patricia Campbell is a typical Southern housewife. She belongs to a book club solely devoted to true crime and murder mysteries. The arrival of the handsome stranger, James Harris, causes the women to piece together a deadly puzzle about deaths in the area. To protect their families, they take care of the problem in a proper-Southern manner.

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AVChrista
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Enjoying the Spring weather. Looking forward to meeting southern vamps.

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peacegypsy
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A Southern read always cheers me.

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BookLineNSinker
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I finished this one up and boy did I love it. I didn't give The Final Girl's Support Group much of a chance but I really loved the tagged book so I'm going to try the other again. It was funny, thoughtful, timely, and relatable. I could help but think that maybe the vampire part is a nod to the opioid epidemic but that's my line of work talking... Loved it!
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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paperwitchs
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Just picked this up about an hour ago on my flight back from Connecticut, a quick horror read I ended up really enjoying. I have to do a total review soon, even though I‘m 3 years late 😭 #horror #quickreads

Booksarelifeaddict Loved that book he‘ one of my favorites 😊 8mo
paperwitchs @Booksarelifeaddict I think Grady is becoming a new fave author 8mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
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ElizaMarie
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Ugh I hate men! Okay, not all men but.. the men in this book is especially vile! But overall I really enjoyed this book.

#the52BookClub2022 : Prompt 26: Contains an “Author's Note“

#WeekendReading @Andrew65

#DogsOfLitsy

Andrew65 Sounds good, I think 🤣 8mo
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ElizaMarie
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Ugh!!!! I hate the men in this book!!!

JuJuB is in agreement !!!!

AkashaVampie i really need to read this one!!! 8mo
AmyG It was the women sho saved the day. 🙌🏻 8mo
wisherwishinguponastar It just goes on as the book progresses. I won‘t say anymore, but you might want a stress ball or squishy by the end! 8mo
ElizaMarie @booksellerofyourdiscontent thanks for the heads up 8mo
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ElizaMarie
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Found this one on Libby. I had wanted to read it for a while. Mixed reviews so.. I am curious, but I had liked some of Hendrix's other works, so...:: fingers crossed ::

So, new #AudioCommute :) So far, I hate the husband! What an asshat!

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Nalbuque
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve waited a while to get this one (between library holds and other books, the timing was never right) so maybe I hyped it to be something it‘s not. It has plenty of gore, but not a ton of ambiance or frights. There‘s also a lot A LOT to unpack in terms of social issues, white supremacy, patriarchy… They were so present in the plot, but never rly “discussed”, so mostly these moments felt gratuitous and flippant. I think this was my main issue ⬇️

Nalbuque I had this impression with previous GH books, I don‘t think I like his writing much. Even tho I always find his plots promising, the way he says things leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe this was just poor timing, bc I would consider picking this back up in the future to see how the story ends. Perhaps I just need a better head space to ponder on the issues here and understand the points he‘s making (if he is- I def coulda missed them!) 9mo
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Bookfan1414
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Bailedbailed

The covers pretty but I couldn‘t even make it through chapter five… I‘m so sad.

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rsteve388
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What a great read for 2022. It's wonderful, fast moving story that grabs you and won't let go. So enthralling and engaging. Truly an excellent story. Thus book also has elements of white fragility, white feminism and racism that can't be denied or looked away from. Excellent story overall. 5 ⭐

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mjdowens
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“Just vacuum your curtains, it will make you feel better” 🤣🤣🤣

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night_shift
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Pickpick

There were parts of this that were just hard to read. One particular scene before the time jump had me SO mad! This was such a great read though about friendship and vampires. As with all of Hendrix's books I've read so far, the time and the place is so spot on.

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wisherwishinguponastar
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Grady Hendrix writes like the screenwriter he is. This novel is rapidly-paced with characters that you can relate to even if you are not a Southern Housewife in the 80s and 90s trying to battle the forces of evil. My only warning is there is rape involved and oddly it is bookended with what I thought was campy gore. I would not suggest this book if that bothers you. #bookspin I finally got a Bookspin finished in the month it was chosen!

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peanutnine
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Mehso-so

I almost bailed on this one. Horror is typically out of my wheelhouse but I wanted to give this one a go for Halloween. There were certainly some gross and tense moments that I did not enjoy, but what really almost made me quit was the horrible gaslighting by the men! That is a huge trigger for me 😳 But I skimmed through cause I wanted to see how it ended. I'm glad I got through it, even though the ending felt rushed.

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Gissy
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Pickpick

This one was a different vampire story. For me all characters were so annoying but that Carter, please, a psychiatrist who was so manipulative and psychological abuser. Terrible. But you have to read the story. I think it was more character driven, maybe that was why I enjoyed it more. Absurd but interesting. 3.8⭐️

Gissy I forgot to say, that the story is gory and dark in some parts but that‘s what I like in this type of story
Reading hours 13x10 points =130
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130x9=1,170+50 (buddyread) +15 (theme) +1 (Litsy post)=1,236 points
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TheSpineView Fantastic 11mo
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I enjoyed #Scarathlon2021 and cheers to all #teamHendrix members. Special thanks to our host @StayCurious n @Clwojick 🥰 you both are amazing. First time I read this fantasy genre. But I enjoyed thoroughly. Most of these were MG books as I am scared to read spooky stories 😬 I may try few in the future. Looking forward to #wintergames2021.

Clwojick You did great this month! Thank you for joining us 🖤 11mo
StayCurious Amazing job! 11mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Mehso-so

“I wanted to put Dracula against my mom. As you‘ll see, it‘s not a fair fight.”

I‘m not sure how I feel about this. I appreciate the discussions of issues of race, class, and gender, although I feel some parts where better done than others.

There‘s an insidious, creeping, gaslighting kind of horror that permeates this book from every single husband, entirely separate from the vampire that assaults and murders black children. 🌕🌕🌗🌑🌑

ozma.of.oz CW 👇🏻 11mo
ozma.of.oz Off page child deaths, assault of a child Chapter 17, rape Chapter 33, racism, classism, sexism 11mo
Branwen I absolutely found the gaslighting husbands to be waaaaaaay more horrifying than the vampire! 11mo
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ozma.of.oz
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I live in a fairly religious neighborhood, so I‘m expecting at least a few trick or treaters tonight that won‘t want to go out tomorrow. Doing some spooky reading of the #TeamHendrix #BuddyRead and some quality control checks on the candy! 😉

MatchlessMarie Can never be too careful 😜 🍭 11mo
BookishBelle I‘ve been doing some quality control here this evening as well. 🎃 Most cities around here moved trick-or-treating to tonight. 11mo
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TheBookbabeblog84
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I had a hard time with parts of this book. Mainly it was the racism and sexism of the book that bothered me but it wasn‘t until I really thought about it that I realized that that was the entire point. Hendricks did a beautiful job of showing the BS in US culture. Also the book is really funny. I will definitely end up reading this again.

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CallMeIshmael
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The 90‘s southern housewives and a vampire what could go wrong? I enjoyed this one, although I believe the author always goes a little darker than needed and totally has something against dogs (though this isn‘t as bad as his previous book). I would recommend it but didn‘t love it

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JessClark78
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I really enjoyed this one. It gave me a lot of Fright Night vibes. More of a traditional vampire tale like ‘Salem‘s Lot but in Hendrix‘s campy horror style. There were a few ucky pages that made my skin crawl but other than that the book was great.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #Wickedathon
#SpookOWeen #Readathon

+16 points #TeamHendrix #TeamRead

AmyG My favorite of his. 11mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 11mo
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CallMeIshmael
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This dude has some serious issues with dogs….

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Catsandbooks
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Mehso-so

3/5 ⭐️ The amount of gaslighting in this book is crazy! I love vampires, but I think I like the fantasy version rather than the horror depiction. Also the roach scene in the attic was unnecessary 🤮

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #screamathon #spookoween #Wickedathon #bookspinbingo

MsRadioSilence Imho there was a bunch of superfluous bs included, but the roach seen was absolutely disgusting 11mo
Nessavamusic The gas lighting was A LOT that I DNF‘d the first time I tried it. I did end up finishing it this month. 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 11mo
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Catsandbooks
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2/3 through this book and my rage at the husbands is fire hot 🤬🔥

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #screamathon #spookoween #Wickedathon #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 11mo
TheSpineView Awesome 11mo
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JessClark78
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Andrew65 Hope you enjoy it. 11mo
TheSpineView Good luck 11mo
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Christine
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Inspired by some recent TV experiences that I really liked (Lovecraft Country, Squid Game, Midnight Mass), I finally tried some Grady Hendrix. This was so good! Great writing, characters, and setting, and I of course was way into the social commentary. (Also my beloved Bahni's narration was perfection.) I‘ll read more Hendrix for sure and am surprised by yet enjoying my apparent lean into horror content lately.

Reggie It‘s that Litsy horror effect coinciding with the state of the world today. 😜🖤 11mo
Christine @Reggie I think that's it! With a dash of escapism from the everyday. 😆 11mo
Christine @Reggie And your podcast thoughts have me even more intrigued by the genre! 11mo
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Morr_Books
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Panpan

Finished this #BuddyRead for #TeamHendrix! I actually didn't enjoy it. I don't really like books where men are so cruel to women, and that was a good chunk of the book. It made me angry. I just thought this would be a more fun book than it was.
@DeweysReadathon #readathon
#Scarathlon2021 @StayCurious
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Andrew65 Oh dear 😔 11mo
MeganAnn I just finished this one also and felt the same way. After the first third of the book I wanted to lock all the husbands in a basement with Harris and then see how they like him. 😠 11mo
TheSpineView I not read and know I don't feel bad for not getting to it. Thanks for the candid comment. 👍 11mo
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TheSpineView Looks good!🖤🧛‍♂️ 11mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 11mo
AmyG So fun! 11mo
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Bookworm54
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This is my second Grady Hendrix read, and I really enjoyed it.
While the vampire was a creep, the husbands in this were way worse. God I hated them! Especially Patricia‘s husband…

#BuddyRead #Scarathlon #TeamHendrix
#Screamathon #SpookOWeenReadathon #Wickedathon

TheSpineView Way to go! 11mo
Reggie When he makes her apologize, I nearly flipped a table over. 11mo
Bookworm54 @Reggie I know right! 11mo
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Laughterhp
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Bailedbailed

So ended up bailing on this one. I just wasn‘t enjoying it and didn‘t want to listen just to listen. I knew I was probably not going to like it as it has a lot of things I don‘t enjoy it.

Crossed it off my #BookSpinBingo list
Not sure if I get any #TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021 points for bailing. 🤷🏻‍♀️

StayCurious Aw sorry you didn't like it :( 11mo
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 11mo
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JacqMac
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I love Grady Hendrix. He is creepy and gory, but always so campy. As expected, I loved this one, too. I will read anything he writes.
#scarathlon #TeamHendrix @StayCurious

TheLudicReader Those rats. 12mo
JacqMac @TheLudicReader So creepy! 12mo
Mommamanzi I toooootally was not expecting this book to turn out the way I did. Part of me loved it and part of me is still in shock haha. 12mo
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bibliobard
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Such a good read! I know Hendrix writes other books and after reading this one I look forward to exploring more of her work. It was a great balance of creepy with some humor and mystery. Plus the social commentary was an added bonus.
191 points!
#buddyread #TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021

Clwojick This one was really good too! 12mo
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