Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

★★★✩✩
An amusing novel about a troubled woman who gets a second chance at life as a zombie working at morgue. Meanwhile a serial killer has been decapitating people and keeping the heads that have the brains she needs to survive. This is the first book in the White Trash Zombie series.

My Life As A White Trash Zombie is a darkly humorous novel. The story has an interesting take on zombies as immortal beings that need to eat human brains every other day to avoid decomposing and becoming aggressively insane. The author also vividly describes morgue, forensic, and police procedures based on her experience from prior employment.

The story has a distinct voice in the first person perspective. The main character is candid about her life as a self proclaimed loser and drug addict. Her old vices become ineffective and replaced with the need for brains.

The underlying commentary on addiction and sobriety was a bit excessive and skewed. It tended to focus solely on her trying to take control of her new life while still living in a toxic environment.

The story was very character driven so the plot was more exploratory in nature. As a result I felt the pacing was off and upset the mystery arc the author was trying to instill. The main character also tended to be more reactive in her personal life and somewhat more proactive in her need for brains. .

My Life As A White Trash Zombie is an amusing read about a newly turned zombie that showcases an accurate portrayal of morgue and police procedures.

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