Full disclosure: I only picked this book up because I met the author at a convention. He is insanely nice and I thought the cover was neat. I studied religious history quite a bit, and consider myself a zombie enthusiast, so I wasn't a hard sell - but I didn't have the highest of hopes for it.
I was silly and wrong. I'll admit that freely. Litore has a way with words that makes you want to linger over the sentences and re-read the good bits - nothing ever feels haphazard or quick and dirty. This suits the dream-like, eerie atmosphere of the story. He doesn't waste a lot of time establishing the setting, which somehow makes it more believable - a few anecdotes about the risen dead, about the loved ones lost to them, and the main character's all-too-real fear sells it better than a mountain of exposition. You are quickly sucked into the main character's plight and the world she inhabits - familiar from plenty of bible stories, but also threatening, emotional, and alien in new ways.
The only real complaint I have is that I'm a fast reader and thus hate short books. Knew I should have picked up the box set.
Recommended for anyone with an interest in Biblical reimagining, strong feminine narratives, non-traditional zombies, and thoughtful prose.