(Source: I was given a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Eleanor Fitt lives in Philadelphia, in an alternate 1876, in which occasionally the dead become reanimated, and climb from their coffins, hungry for flesh! Coffins are even fitted with bells to alert people to the dead rising!
Things have gotten particularly bad recently though, with not just the occasional corpse rising, but many corpses at a time. It is thought that this is due to a necromancer, and a team of `Spirit Hunters' have arrived in Philadelphia to try and solve the problem.
Eleanor Fitt would normally have no interest in this sort of thing, but when a corpse delivers a letter to her from her brother who should have arrived home already, she's worried that Elijah has been attacked, or dead, or worse - one of the walking dead!
Eleanor finds out where to find the spirit hunters and goes to them for help. But where is Elijah? What has happened to him? And can the spirit hunters stop the rising dead when a whole cemetery is bought back to life?!
I enjoyed this book, although it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I think the biggest problem for me was that while at times I wanted to keep reading, and at other times the story just didn't hold my attention and I found myself constantly putting it down and picking it back up. It actually took me days to finish this, which is unusual.
Eleanor was an interesting character, although bended to her mother's will too much. She obviously cared about her brother, but while initially she worried that he was one of the walking dead, she then said that she thought she would know if Elijah was dead.
Daniel was also an interesting character, but I felt like we didn't really get enough of him to really set him up as a love interest.
The zombies were referred to as `the walking dead', I'm not really sure what the definition of a zombie is, but these were corpses that were reanimated by a necromancer, and only became hungry and attacked when ordered by the necromancer, or when they slipped from his control. They didn't seem scary the way I would expect a book about zombies to be.
I liked the fact that the book was set in 1876, it kind of gave me a similar feel to the `Luxe' series, but still with the supernatural touch of the zombies!
I liked the way the book ended, but there was a final twist at the end which totally shocked me! I am also looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book in this series!
6.5 out of 10.