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Good but not great...
on 29 July 2013
Enjoyed this story in as much as wanted to know what happened next, and how it was going to end... I guessed the 'baddie' almost straight away but, as another reviewer has mentioned, the motives were shaky and not convincing enough to warrant the actions thereafter... I liked Wardsley although you get the sense that everyone on the liner, including him, has a dark secret in their past of something controversial and I wondered if this was their karma...
Great idea for a different take on the zombie genre, and most of the story had me gripped enough to keep reading beyond lights out.. That said, we don't find enough out about the virus and what caused/created/released it, or why, only assumptions. I figured out how the story was going to have to end, although I was secretly hoping for a different way, but didn't really like the pathwalker/candle aspect - I'm not sure why, it just felt too far-fetched and too 'cheesy' for the book, think it could have been the witchcraft element, and, as a novel of suspense and horror, I'm not sure this fit.
A few grammatical and spelling errors, and the last few chapters could certainly do with being re-edited - there is no plural 'women' in the book - each time it says 'woman' and this gets irritating. The author is the same age as me so I shouldn't be too critical - I'm sure it's a damn sight better than a story I could have written! I did enjoy the book overall and would recommend, my mum has read 'Asbo' and gave a 5-star review - she put her little neons on and raved about that one, so I'll give that a go next... I've also got a few other of Iain Rob Wright's books and liked his writing style so will definitely read more of his work.