Book Reviews

Book Review – The Grateful Boys by Francoise DuMaurier

When seventeen-year-old Hailey’s multi-racial, single parent family migrate to the tiny rural town of Corpus, Georgia (population 700), she would rather have moved anywhere but there. That is, until she spots him. Mysterious definitely, perhaps even supernatural. Where Hailey is awe-struck by the young man of her dreams, her little brother, Mason, sees a soulless creature of the night, a half-man who may be responsible for a series of grisly murders across the southern gothic town. Antwan Zeddman, the town’s first African-American Sheriff, must enforce a curfew in Corpus to ensure the safety of the townsfolk. He must contend with sightings of hellish winged beasts and investigate the slaying of an innocent young couple travelling through town. There is a growing sense of racial unrest. Hailey will find herself caught between her family, the residents of Corpus, and the vampire she’s falling in love with.

Corpus is a small town, population 700. It is a town which is seemingly behind in its views to race, compared to the rest of America. The book depicts a racial divide in a small community and the prejudice that some still have. This is woven into the young adult romantic vampire narrative.

The opening prologue is something that would not be a miss as an opening of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Supernatural. It creates mystery and intrigue, kind of making you want to continue reading.

The story follows different characters and offers a multi point narrative.This isn’t always easy to distinguish which character we are following, and the transition between them is a little jagged. It does develop through the book and it does get easier to see who is who.

Some of the characters were underdeveloped, there could have been more on offer regarding the main characters.. The love story within the book was predictable, a bit cheesey and a bit too cliche. Girl meets boy, who is mysterious and handsome, of course, and they fall head over heels in love in an inexplicably short amount of time. 

The one thing I really did enjoy from the book was the different take on the vampires, it offers a different kind of backstory. Maybe they’re not the bloodthirsty creatures that we hear about in scary stories. 

Overall I would recommend this book, while it has some flaws, it is an interesting story, offering an alternative take on vampires. The romance is a little too unbelievable but what teen romance story isn’t. 

3 out of 5 stars for me. 

Stay safe and happy reading, Lou x

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