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If you've read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter or Anna Karenina and the Robots or any of those wonderful books, then you have an idea of what you're in for here. It's a classic tale, or history, that has been retold to include the monstrous. I've loved every book that I've read in this genre, and this book falls into that category perfectly.
The unexpected part for me is that we start off with the killing of Lizzie's parents. I was expecting that to be the crux of the story, but it isn't. It's the opener! Most of the story is actually about the mystery of where the zombies have come from and how her parents became afflicted. Secondary to that is the unfolding of Lizzie and her sister's lives as they attempt to get past their parents' deaths.
Where this book differs from others in this genre, that I've read anyway, is that there are historical facts pulled in. Verstraete adds in news clippings and first account witnesses as well as pieces from the actual trial of Lizzie Borden. I actually learned a few things from this book! It also lends an extra facet of realism to the story.
I do wish that I could have gotten to know Lizzie better as a character. You get to see plenty of her thoughts and emotions, as well as her motivations. I just felt like she was a bland person, though. I couldn't see myself having tea with her because I didn't know enough to strike up a conversation with her. I wanted to really bond with her and start a He-Woman Zombie Haters Club or something.
Loved how the beginning of each chapter started with some snippet from the real-life case. Whether it was testimony or a newspaper account. Again, the clever plotting of this was refreshing.
And there was a mystery thrown in. Lizzie had to figure out what her dad's involvement in the zombie scourge was. That was fun.
I didn't quite buy all the actions and dialogue, however. Lizzie's romantic relationship with John was awkward, and then just sort of fizzled and was never quite addressed again. Also had a hard time believing romance would be on her mind at all. And there was an urgency lacking when Lizzie finally had a chance to investigate her dad's part in it all. Details about tea, her being concerned about moving her and her sister to a new home, and even throwing a dinner party somehow became more pressing than finding answers to the puzzles.
However, even where the book dragged, I enjoyed seeing where C.A. took the real life story and interjected it with fiction to create a very good book. She even answered why Lizzie and her sister eventually became estranged. Like how she wrapped that all up and ended the book in the process.
Zombies are not for the faint hearted to read about as Christine makes them very realistic in extensive detail; however, the Zombies themselves are just an outcome to what happened in Fall River, Massachusetts, and why her father and stepmother were so brutally murdered. As the story evolves but factually and fictionally, the mystery starts to unravel. Along the way, there is a dabble of romance, comic relief, adventure, intrigue, that delights the reader. The ending is absolutely fantastic and complete surprise, but you will have to read the book to find out what really happened on that hot that hot morning on August 4, 1892.
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