I really had a blast reading Z-Town by Eden Darry. I like zombie stories. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I do. The Walking Dead was my favorite TV show until they killed off all the characters I liked, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
In some ways this novel is a typical zombie horror story. It has zombies that have been cursed adding to their numbers rapidly in the usual fashion, by biting and often partially devouring their victims in the standard gory way. The main difference from the ordinary zombie horror story is that we have lesbian main characters, a second chance romance, and the setting is Provincetown. Poor Ptown. Ms. Darry really is not very kind to this lovely coastal town.
The premise of the story is brilliant, including the curse and the resolution to the conflict. The characters are well-developed and the good guys, at least, are easy to connect with. The bad guys (and there are more than one) are also well done. The romance actually fits well into the overall story. And of course the zombies are exactly as you expect them to be.
This is a wonderfully horrific, campy, gory, and romantic tale that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It is the perfect book for this time of year.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.