On a leafy street in the quiet village of Bishopthorpe there
lives a very ordinary and averagely dysfunctional happy family.
Peter Radley is the village doctor, and his wife Helen is part of
the local book club. Their children, Clara and Rowan, may be
experiencing all the hormonal anguish of being teenagers. . . but
thatâ€™s only a normal part of growing up. However, Peter and Helen
have kept from the children a life-changing family secret.
One night, when Clara finds herself driven to committing a
bloodthirsty act of violence, her parents react with
resignationrather than horror. Peter and Helen must now explain
things to their children: why it is that their skin is so sensitive
to sunlight, why they all find garlic so repulsive, why Claraâ€™s
recent decision to go vegan has been so detrimental to her health .
. . and other disadvantages of being a family of abstaining
Reeling from their parentsâ€™ revelation, and with the police
closing in, Clara and Rowan are stunned by the further discovery
that they also have an uncle, a smooth-talking and decidedly active
vampire who has been kept away from them all their lives. But when
he swoops into the village to save the day, he unleashes a host of
shadowy and even darker secrets that will bring the whole Radley
family either to reconciliation and readjustment . . . or to