This novel needed people with common sense and a faster plot. I found myself not really caring for any of the characters, except the children (who didn't get to do much in the book). The last straw for me is when they abandoned the dog to the undead, not wanting to take him in the getaway car!!!!! If you want good, suspensful and funny zombie books, try Mark Tufo's Zombie Apocalypse series.
The author is obsessed with descriptions of sexually degrading/hard core porn. He seems to relish describing in explicit details, not just sex, but of women being abused sexually. Instead of describing hard core porn in broad terms, he describes the minutiae with seeming gusto. He is also fascinated by the biological culmination of a man's arousal. Not only men. He also loves the odd mating behaviors of bedbugs, which also culminates with the males ripping open the females.
At the end of the book, my ears and brain needed decontamination!
If you can get around the HORRIBLE southern accents of the narrator (and also mispronunciations of scientific terms) then the book is pretty good. First part is slow, but the second and third parts go so fast that it's worth it.
This book is very well written and quickly pulls you in. Yet, by the end of the book, the author has raised more questions than answers. SPOILER ALERT....At the end, not only is Ryan is in worse shape than at the beginning (don't ask me how this is possible), he has self-destructed. I don't really feel like reading 5 more books to see if Ryan gets his act together or not. If Tana French wasn't going to have ANY resolution in 20 hours, then I doubt she'll have any in 4 more books. It's a shame, because I really like how she writes.
Story kept me interested to the end. Ron Perlman added a gravitas to the reading, making it stand out from other books. From looking at other reviews, you love him or hate him as the narrator. I give it two thumbs up.
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