Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Suicide Motor Club - Tighten Your Seatbelt!

TITLE: The Suicide Motor Club
AUTHOR: Christopher Buelman

FROM GOODREADS: Bram Stoker, quoting the ballad “Lenore,” said, “The dead travel fast.”
Those words have never rung more true...

Remember that car that passed you near midnight on Route 66, doing 105 with its lights off? You wondered where it was going so quickly on that dark, dusty stretch of road, motor roaring, the driver glancing out the window as he blew by.

Did his greedy eyes shine silver like a coyote’s? Did he make you feel like prey?

You can’t remember now.

You just saw the founder of the Suicide Motor Club. Be grateful his brake lights never flashed. Be grateful his car was already full.

They roam America, littering the highways with smashed cars and bled-out bodies, a gruesome reflection of the unsettled sixties. But to anyone unlucky enough to meet them in the lonely hours of the night, they’re just a blurry memory.

That is—to all but one...

Two years ago, they left a witness in the mangled wreck of her family car, her husband dead, her son taken. She remembers their awful faces, despite their tricks and glamours. And she’s coming for them—her thirst for vengeance even more powerful than their hunger for blood.

On the deserted highways of America, the hunters are about to become the hunted...

MY THOUGHTS:  I can now honestly say I need to research Buehlman's others works and try to accumulate them as fast as I can. That's how much I loved "The Suicide Motor Club." This book was the exact book I needed at the exact time. A dirty, gritty, terrorizing horror story with vampires that are mean and aggressive and not the beautiful, romantic types that they are so often portrayed as in novels.

"The Suicide Motor Club" tells the story of Jude and her quest to kill the vampires who killed her son and husband one dark night and a desert highway (Cue Hotel California song in my head). Jude barely survives herself and after her recovery, is on her way to becoming a nun and answering a call from God, when she is propositioned by group called "The Bereaved" who are out to get a rid society of a certain group of vampires terrorizing the roads. Jude hesitantly joins the group and then the search is on.

I need to stress that Luther Nixon is one of the baddest villains I have encountered in some time. This man is mean and this book is not for the faint of heart or those easily turned off by violence and language. However, if you love horror, it is definitely worth the read. Jude is a wonderfully flawed MC who isn't afraid of much of anything and the strength she shows in her battles needs to be commended. There is a shiny spot in this gritty novel in the form of Jude's unlikely ally. Clayton is a wonderful addition to this book and provides glimmers of hope in a book filled with little of it.

Reading this book reminded me of my initial introduction to Stephen King. I'm not going to compare authors, because they really aren't the same, but the book gave me the same type of feelings when reading it and boy, have I missed those feelings. If you love horror, definitely add this to your TBR.

I received this book from Netgalley and the published in exchange for an honest review.




  1. So glad you loved this! This book is going to show up on my top ten this year for sure. I loved Clayton too, he was an unexpected ray of light in a VERY dark story.

  2. I think I need this book! :) Sounds great!

  3. I thought I was crazy, but there were elements in this that totally reminded me of King as well. Anyway, glad to hear you enjoyed this book, I had a good time with it too though it wasn't my favorite by Buehlman. The Lesser Dead still has that top spot :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  4. Wow I'm glad you loved this one. I wasn't sold on giving it a try, but after reading your review I will definitely have to! :D

  5. Ohh awesome review Barb I also love ruthless vampire as well. This is actually the first time I heard about this book, but it looks and sounds absolutely fantastic! I really want too check out this book after reading your review. Thank you for your great post my friend.