It’s told from the perspective of David and Sarah, a normal Seattle couple, and how the arguments and annoyances of everyday life have left them on the brink of divorce. When they turn up for their next marriage counselling session, they find their therapist literally eating her favourite clients.
What follows is an often funny, and extremely squishy tale of how they survive. Surviving the outbreak, and neighbours arriving to snack on them, leads them to work together for the first time in a long time. Killing zombies might just save what six months of counselling hadn’t; their marriage.
The tone of the book flips back and forward between very funny and very macabre in very few words, and that is a huge part of the charm. In amongst that are moments that made me want to cry and their timing had maximum impact (no pun intended).
The characters are so realistic and well written, you instantly like them, even when they are bickering about all the usual things that couples do. When they finally realise what is going on, I felt the shock, the surreality, and the laugh or you-will-go-stark-raving-mad situations right along with them and they didn’t let go of me until the end of the book.
The zombies themselves were unsurprisingly a major part of the book and some of the descriptions were very entertaining; messy with quite a major ick factor. I liked that Petersen used the ‘accepted’ rules for them and also didn’t attempt to explain ‘how and why’ other than the inital ‘where’.
The plot is actually very simple and follows what I think a lot of people would do in this scenario. First and foremost, survive the initial outbreak, then attempt to contact or find relatives. Try to remember everything you can from zombie movies you’ve watched, you never know when it comes in handy and finally, everything can be a weapon if used creatively enough!
A very entertaining zombie rom-com, that I think a lot of fans of different genres will enjoy.