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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Zombie Candy Review

Zombie Candy (Annie Ogden Mystery 2)Zombie Candy by Frederick Lee Brooke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story starts off with a well defined character in Candace who has major insecurity issues about the weight she has gained since leaving college. She is married to Larry, a zombie movie freak who is a sex addict. The hilarious scene with the black bra is one I'll never forget.It's obvious right from the start that the two of them are having serious issues in their marriage.

Enter her best friend who recently returned from Iraq, Annie. She has taken a class to become a PI. After being asked to spy on Larry, Annie reluctantly takes her first case, "The Case of the Zombie Movie Freak". Annie has a secret of her own and fears it will impede not only the case, but her friendship as well.

After all the evidence is gathered, it forces Candace to make some changes in her life. Candace takes control in a way that most women in this situation would love to entertain.

Larry is duped into a trip to Italy where the revenge plays out. The people of the town, most related to Candace, assist her in this twisted plan that lands Larry in jail.

Frederick Brooke serves up the word zombie as both a metaphor of the life Candace lives and the animalistic instincts Larry can't help but follow. Through out the story, there are bits and pieces of old "LIVING DEAD" movies mentioned and yes, even an explanation is given as to why Larry loves them so much. Here is the shadowing to the events that transpire later in the novel.

You’ve got your survivors. The survivors have to get somewhere that they’ve heard is safe. There’s lots of fighting, but it’s always a handful of people killing hundreds of zombies. Do you like watching people shoot each other over and over?”

“I like how they band together to survive. I like imagining how most of the world would be destroyed. Don’t you think it could happen?”

Brooke, Frederick Lee. Zombie Candy (Annie Ogden Mystery 2) (Kindle Locations 3049-3052).

Imagine if zombies were real. Candace gives him just that. I can't imagine being able to pull of the ultimate revenge in such fashion. The truth is, if Karma allowed me to put something together like this for a couple people who will go unnamed, I wouldn't hesitate to follow through.

Everyone should purchase this book, especially if you have a friend who has dealt with a lying, cheating spouse and needs a good laugh and a little vengeful inspiration.

For those who are die hard "Walking Dead" fans, (much like myself)they will not be disappointed in reliving some of their favorite old walker movies. This is one of the most unique uses of a zombie metaphor I have read in a long time.

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Joann, I love your review! I love it when you say if Karma allowed you to put something together like this for a couple people who will go unnamed, you wouldn't hesitate to follow through ... exactly what Candace said to herself! Thank you so much for getting on my wavelength and loving Zombie Candy. Best wishes, Fred Brooke

Joann H. Buchanan said...

I'm so glad you liked it. :D Huge hugs!

Emlyn Chand said...

Awesome review, Joann. I didn't make the connection between the sex addiction and being a zombie, but it's a great one. Zombie Candy is one of those rare books that I just read and enjoyed without thinking too much about, so it's fun to see others analyze the story and add some depth for me. Thanks for being a part of this tour and thank you for cross-posting your review to Amazon and GoodReads :-D


Joann H. Buchanan said...

Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D

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