Silver Zombie by Carole Nelson Douglas
Mass Market: $7.99
Pocket Books (November 30, 2010)
Favorite Lines: “Its manta shape has spread and thinned… tentacles… like endometriosis leeching into the very bones of her pelvis. And it’s… not the same anymore.” (p. 234)
Delilah Street met her lover Ric Montoya, adopted a half-wolfhound Quicksilver and found herself running from a vampire and a werewolf mob, all in Vegas. Too bad people wanting Delilah dead don’t only live there.
In search of answers to Delilah’s hazy past, Delilah and Ric will return to her home state of Kansas in hopes of shining light on long hidden secrets. They should beware. They might find reality to be worse than the nightmares plaguing Delilah.
As usual the world building in Douglas’ Delilah Street series is excellent. It is glamorous with a filthy underbelly where zombie traffickers exploit the dead and humanity hides the horrors it inflicts upon the innocent. Characters from the previous three books make appearances and the intro to Silver Zombie recaps past events. Basically if you’ve already read the series there is no real need to re-read anything. Although you will miss the emotional tone which accompanied the telling of each tale.
The past is usually hidden for a reason and that reason is seldom pretty, as Delilah finds out. In Silver Zombie, she takes an emotional whoopin’ but keeps right on tickin’. While digging up the past, she still has to deal with the events of the last book. She feels guilty about her actions and the effect they had upon two people in particular. That guilt often overwhelms her, forcing her to do things she really doesn’t want to do. It makes her seems a little weak, but very human.
My favorite part of the book is when a character from the previous books makes a short, but meaningful appearance. That character is my favorite man (?) in the series and this book shows how important he will be to the overall arc of the series.
It’s really hard to review this book without giving away spoilers. So I’ll just end by saying zombies are everywhere in the story. You name it and they’re probably there. Delilah should be glad none attacked her in the bathroom. lol
Silver Zombie is already available for purchase at Amazon and B&N. I think it’s kinda funny that the electronic copies have to be preordered, but the mass market books are available for shipment now.