Book of the Week Review by Jocelyn
Time of Death: Induction by Shana Festa
Being a Horror Honey is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, not least because I have met all kinds of interesting people! One of these is Shana Festa, who runs the terrific book review website The Bookie Monster (what a great name, right? Find her at www.bookie-monster.com).
Shana is a MUCH faster reader than your Hardcover Honey, with new reviews seemingly every day. So basically, she makes me feel like a lazy slug! Luckily for me, however, Shana found a book she can’t objectively review and she turned it over to me. Why, you ask? Well, it seems after reading about a bazillion zombie books, Shana decided to try her own hand at the genre and with her first book, “Time of Death: Induction”, she pretty much knocks it right out of the park. This girl knows her zombies!
The books takes place in Florida (that’ll be important later on) and focuses on feisty nursing student Emma Rossi. Emma is happily married to alpha male Jake, a former Army corporal, and dotes on her tiny dog Daphne. Everything is going great…….until one night at the hospital where Emma’s patient, an elderly woman, complains of being bitten by a man while she was waiting in the McDonald’s drive-through. In my opinion, that’s another good reason to stay away from McDonald’s, but hey, I know some of you love the Golden Arches, so no judgment here. Emma’s patient quickly codes, and the ER turns into chaos. Although Emma is given the OK to perform CPR, her best efforts go unrewarded and the patient is pronounced dead. Emma is shaken as it’s the first death she has witnessed. Sadly, it won’t be the last. DUM DUM DUM cue ominous music.