“Glass mixed with blood had spattered the car's windows, a sickening split-second after-effect. He watched as the woman slowly sank to her knees beside the cloven corpse.“
This is a zombie book which asks the question "if a person is infected but hasn't turned yet, should you show them mercy or kill on sight?". There is no cure. Emily gets a job as a nurse at a hospice, taking care of the infected. Every day to get to work, she crosses a picket line of people who want to kill all the infected. This is fast moving. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This stays with you after you read it.
After starting this book, I realized that I had seen the movie Ghoul a few years back. Reading the book really helped elaborate on some things in the movie that weren't quite clear. Almost worse than the ghoul itself, are the relationships of Barry and Doug with their respective parents. I get that lots of kids have abusive parents, but it is hard to read about. And the epilogue was quite disturbing/depressing.
I love a good zombie book, and this one ended up being one of my top 10 books of the year. The real horror comes from the loss of control and hatred of other people. It drives home the idea of a person's right to be treated as a person. This book is heartfelt and haunting. It's going to stick with me for a long time.
TW: rape (discussion not scene), gore, nursing home/end of life care