To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Review this product
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
5.0 out of 5 starsI'm infected.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2014
I started off this book thinking it was pretty good but soon noticed I was picking it up every chance I had. I even got in trouble at work because I would wait till the last minute to put it down then take an ass chewing from my boss. Very few books have affected me this way. The characters were flawed just like they should be, believable and I could identify with them....saying all that it's better than pretty good, it's awesome. It was also interesting hearing what was going on in the author's life as she wrote each chapter or part.
I just finished reading after not being able to put this book down! It is absolutely unique and not just for zombie enthusiasts. The characters are totally relatable, especially our heroine Ashley. She is a normal small-town girl who faces a daunting situation and chooses to kick a## in spite of crazy low odds for success. This story is told in first person, which I usually detest, but this prodigy of an author pulls it off brilliantly! I can hardly wait to find out what happens next!
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2014
I look for good stories to savor and enjoy, like Dead in Bed. The story feels fresh with a fast pace and strong character development. I couldn't put it down. The author built up the horror and suspense while deepening our appreciation of the heroine.
Are Ashley's decisions all well thought out? No. Did the young woman panic at times? Yes. Was the decision making believable. Yep. Was the horror frightening? Hell yes.
5.0 out of 5 starsI really liked this zombie story
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2014
I really liked this zombie story. I got pulled in from the start and was curious to find out what the heck caused the virus. I also looked forward to reading about the author's story having to keep her writing from her father. Is this part true or made up to keep the reader's interested? Because for someone with no "experience" the author has a vivid imagination! Keep writing! I want more!!
4.0 out of 5 starsLeaves you hanging, but a decent read
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2016
I enjoyed Dead in Bed. The concept of a sick girl writing a story to pass the time and posting it on her blog is a bit different. The story she writes is kind of horror mixed with comedy mixed with sex novel. It reads easy and it's a fast read. Sadly, I don't think this is the entire book, just 7 chapters. There seems to be an 8th chapter not included and methinks there will be more chapters to come, since this has been a serial. I don't know that I liked it enough to read more.
I chose a 4 because some stuff was really obvious and I felt the author did a poor job of keeping those things hidden. It's not an all out raunch fest which is good, but it could be a little sexier in some places. Over all the story pulls off well and I liked the "authors comments" as they allowed me to shift between two stories simultaneously. Never read a format like this and I have to say I like it a lot. I am eager to see why happens in the sequel, but I probably won't purchase it till it goes on sale (that may be an indication for some as to how good it is).
5.0 out of 5 starsAlready looking for the continuation to this story!
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2014
Really great concept, great story! Different, which made it that much more enjoyable! There are a couple handfuls of grammatical/typographical errors, but not enough to make a huge difference, and not distracting at all from the tale. While I suspected certain things, nothing too dramatic led me there. (I don't want to throw in spoilers, so I'm speaking very cryptically here.) Anyway, this is well worth the read, and I'm already looking diligently into the future for the next part of the series!!!
I enjoyed reading about the author Bailey's personal journey almost as much as Ashleys! I'm rooting for you to find happiness with Kyle! It's better to have loved and lived, than to live longer, yet not experience life. The book was also a really great read. A real different take on zombies. This young girl has a great imagination and can write. I look forward to reading everything she writes. Have to do all I can to support her and Kyle's California road trip!
Reading this book was a very unique experience. So the back story is that apparently this was posted online as a multi-part blog. Then eventually the author, Bailey Simms, which is an assumed name, wen AWOL. Not that she had a duty to fulfill... so technically she just, stopped writing.
Adrian Birch then has apparently compiled the multi-part series and has made it a book.
And what a phenomenal little book this is. It's a very unique take on zombies. I probably wouldn't have gone in this if someone had not recommended this very strongly. Sex starved zombies? The description just by itself sounds like cheap erotica by a hormone ravaged teenager. But it's not. It's as serious a zombie book, as zombie books can get.
The story itself is very fascinating. The plot thunders along at quite a pace. And Bailey Simms does not hold back when writing the dark, bloody scenes. Boy, it would be amazing if someone had the balls to put this on celluloid. I can say this... the zombie behaviour is a lot more to the point and consistent than, say zombies on The Walking Dead. Ashley's story, her plans, her motivations are very well etched out. The relationships feel a little bland, but they aren't exactly central to the plot. That's the other thing... the whole book is all about the plot. There are no digressions for pesky back stories. It doeesn't hurt the book, but you do miss out on developing intimacy with fictional characters that happens in the best of books.
It would be very tempting to give this book a 5-star-for-a-teenage-first-time-author, but that would be a serious disservice to her. The book, as strong as it is, has a few issues. Firstly, the book ends with the promise of a sequel. Till then the future is left hanging. So unless you want to explore the wild-wild-west world of fan-fiction, unless Ms. Simms re-emerges, we will never get to hear her version of the story. Second big issue is, in the end, the book is just too plot-driven as I said. I like apocalyptic books exploring existential questions. There's meat for it here, especially towards the end - but the opportunity is not really taken. Lastly, some of the plot points take off or end too abruptly. I did not really like the whole "Access Card" plot line a lot. It gives the sense of being there to infuse some bullet-riddled-action in the book. It doesn't work. I also did not really like Ian exiting-stage-left all of a sudden.
I talked about the experience of reading the book... That sure is novel. It has got author updates in between chapters, which are... fun to read. Bailey Simms just feels that much more real because of them. I don't know if someone's edited the book or it's a straight reproduction of the blog posts. If the later... Bailey Simms has done a very meticulous job by herself. I do hope she is all right, and having fun wherever she is. And I do hope she gets herself to finish Ashley's story.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Original & Highly Entertaining Read
Reviewed in Canada on May 7, 2014
DEAD IN BED by Bailey Simms
Chapter one is entitled: "Fifty Shades of Gangrene" so I was immediately intrigued.
Ashley is married to Shawn. But, their marriage isn't going well. Ashley is secretly in love with her sister's husband, Ian.
Ian is an Iraq war vet who currently works as an EMT for their tiny local hospital in the town of Muldoon, Colorado.
Ashley and Shawn start the story being driven to the town fair by Ian. However, before they can get to the fair, Ian receives an emergency call from the hospital saying that he needs to go immediately to the high school locker room.
What they find when they arrive shocks them all. Instead of finding a teenager with a twisted ankle, or some other equally innocuous medical "emergency", they find a decomposing make body that is missing it's penis in the girl's locker room.
This bizarre discovery is just the beginning of a series of events that shocks the entire community and affects everyone who lives there.
A pathogen called TGV has somehow been introduced to the inhabitants of Muldoon. The symptoms include heightened sex drive. The disease is passed on through sexual exchange of bodily fluids.
The National Guard shuts down all access into and out of Muldoon and they are hunting down and killing anyone infected with TGV.
Ashley takes it upon herself to help hide infected people and she is very resourceful.
This book is an engrossing and riveting read. I read the entire book in 24 hours and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
This book would easily have gotten a 5star rating from me if it weren't for the multitude of editing errors that are throughout the entire story. There are instances of words missing or the wrong word being used. I believe these are just typos, but the book needs to be professionally edited.
Even with all the editing errors, I am rating this book as 4.5 out of 5 stars.
* I do need to warn readers that this novel contains sexually explicit descriptions and is definitely NOT for kids under the age of 18.
5.0 out of 5 starsLots of little twists and turns and great characters
Reviewed in Canada on April 18, 2014
In the highly populated realm of people turning into creatures that go "braainnns!" in the night (and in the day), finding your own unique voice and story can be quite a challenge I imagine. However, simple concepts can be revisited time and time again and always feel refreshing and entertaining when the author is able to provide two things to me as a reader (based on my own thorough research into the matter of course): great characters (be they good, bad, or ugly) and well paced, at times surprising, twists and turns along the way. Of course, there are many, many other factors that make the ride more or less fun along the way. I don't need to read Victor Hugo's 50 page description of the Battle of Waterloo in Les Misérables in every book I undertake. In Bailey Simms novel, the classic theme is not just the end of the world as they know it coming to them care of an unspeakable disease but, more interestingly, it deals with a lonely wife who had has an affair and the consequences that follow. A little bit like Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary. This theme is as old as the earth, but the treatment in "Dead in Bed" novel is fresh, funny, and full of the little twists and turns I like.
So - Great characters (good, bad, and ugly) - check - Very well paced and lots of little twists and turns - check