The Radleys are a family of vampires who are abstainers – vampires who have chosen to give up the consumption of blood. There are two problems with this – firstly, it makes life so dull it is barely worth living. Secondly – the teenage children have no idea. So when it all goes astray and their daughter Clara gives in to bloodlust during a particularly traumatic teenage experience the weakened Radley parents call in Uncle Will – a bad boy of long standing who cannot conceive of the choices they have made. He also harbours a secret love for the wife Helen, based upon an affair they had many years ago.
All that saves this novel is the fact that it argues that a life spent in complete denial is not worth living. The Radleys eventually find a way to be vampires – thus solving a lot of teenage angst in the meantime – and also keep from becoming murderers. One for vamp fans only – not a huge amount of new material.