The Radleys Paperback – 13 Jun 2011
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"Dripping in blood, this is a story of family secrets so terrible that they shouldn't be uncovered." (Guardian)
"Red-blooded fiction at its most seductive." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Delightfully eccentric . . . a strangely moving portrait of a marriage." (The Financial Times)
A sharp, bloody tale of abstinence and indulgence (and
trying not to eat the neighbours).
"Reality bites in a funny family affair. . . pointed, clever and witty." (Kim Newman Independent)
"A witty and humane story about a family of vampires living in respectable English suburbia." (Daily Mail)
"Haig's very original spin on the [vampire] myth is insightful, frightening and uplifting." (The Guardian)
"Smart, snappy, quirky . . . as much a satire on self-denying suburban life as a straightforward bloodthirsty tale." (Scotsman)
"Ratchets up the pace and the tension until the taut conclusion. Bloody good fun." (SFX Magazine)
"Switches deftly between a classic Carrie-style narrative of teen difference, in which the kids are teased for their outsiderness, and a parental tale of mid-life crisis." (Herald)
"Great fun, with much enjoyment derived from the placing of these ancient bloodsuckers in dull English suburbia." (Vogue)
"Haig writes in addictive, bitesize chapters that pump the action along... All vampire fiction has a strong sexual element, but in this book, the passion's not just for the pale-faced teens." (Daily Mail)
"Haig has managed to coax something delightfully new and, unusually, rather English from a saturated genre... [He] combines strong dialogue with a healthy sense of self-parody in a novel that should appeal to all vampire fans, whatever their age." (Metro)
"A witty introduction to present-day vampire lore... Highly recommended." (Observer)
"vampire fans will find lots to enjoy, but it's the blackly comic dissection of the family that makes this book stand out." (The Guardian)
"Witty as well as deep." (Books for Keeps)
"The 'some adult content' coverline gives due warning that teen readers might be bored by adults holding dinner parties and contemplating affaris, but the story should carry them through such longueurs." (Books for Keeps)
"Shot through with wry humour, Haig's lively family saga, replete with sexual frissons and distinctly subversive undercurrents, is carried off with aplomb" (Guardian)
"[A] life-affirming comedy" (Independent)
"Written in short, juicy chapters this life-affirming comedy will particularly appeal to older teens" (Emma Hagestadt The Independent)
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But there is some odd things about The Radleys. Like the fact they don’t like sunlight, are all dangerously allergic to garlic and always appear to be unwell.
Then when Clara gets attacked at a party, something inside of her comes alive and she ends up killing a boy.
Life for The Radleys is about to get complicated. The two blood abstainer parents must decide how they feel about abstaining, each other and what to do about the situation that is unfolding before them. They have to deal with Peter’s older brother, Will, who turns up on from Manchester.
Will is a non-abstainer that Peter and Helen haven’t seen for seventeen years and their children have never met.
Helen also has to protect Peter and the children from finding out what went on between her and Will all those years ago.
Clara and Rowan are let in on the family’s secret, must deal with being lied to all their lives and work out how to go forward with this life changing truth.
While all this is going on, the Unnamed Predator Unit, a secret nationwide Unit run by Greater Manchester Police has set its sights on Will and is planning to take him down. They feel that his blood lust is out of control.
The Radleys is imaginative, captivating and addictive. Anyone who likes reading stories about vampires or reading in the fantasy genre will enjoy this book.
Everything about The Radleys is superb. The characters are interesting and pull the reader in. The plot makes the reader like a drug addict, desperate for their next fix. The pacing is quick and chapters are short. The description is brilliant, enabling the reader to imagine everything in perfect detail.
A great story too, but I shall not let on at all about the content, for you should enjoy it as I did.
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