Plz let's discuss this #bookreview - I found this to be a lazy book by a white man who swerved out of his lane #unpopularopinion ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Patty leaves a "boring" book club after the woman leading goes on a power trip (they read a book that addresses political issues in South Africa). In "rebellion", Patty forms a new book club that only reads true crime and romance. Then a stranger shows up in town and Patty is suspicious and...aroused? She thinks he is unnatural, but her tyrant husband convinced her that her imagination has run wild with the books. She is torn between action and complacency.
The vampire part of the novel was unsatisfactory, but I was horrified in a whole other ways:
1) A disturbing conflation danger with sexual arousal that draws Patty to the vampire. The vampire sucks blood via rape - an experience so ecstatic that they become addicted. This plot line has no explanation - ex. why do the black kids in the novel die by suicide after withdrawal, but the white child is basically fine?
2) The vampire chooses the town specifically to prey on black children whose disappearances will never get police attention. Could have been interesting but Hendrix relies on stereotypes to describe "Six Mile" AND appropriates terms like "lynch mob" and "super predator" against Harris, a white vampire.
3)All black women in the novel are the help. Despite having the most resilience and physical strength, they must rely on the white women to save them. But the white book club ladies never use their unique position of privilege to expose and attack the vampire - so why is it written this way?4) Despite their shared trauma the book club women willfully stand each other up to keep status quo and their wealth. MAYBE the vampire could have been a symbol of societal forces at large that causes racism and sexism, but Hendrix did not lead us this way even if u assume it's satire.
5) I didn't even get into the bad/harmful depictions of sexual trauma, physical abuse, mental health, drug abuse
I finished this book because I was hoping for redemption and bc everyone else loved it?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Source: #bookstagram exchange w @bohobooksnbrews