Angel Crawford has always considered herself a "loser." She was a high school dropout with an ongoing addiction to pain pills and alcohol, destined to be on the fast track to nowhere. Everything changed when she woke up one night in the E.R. with fragmented memories of a car crash filled with broken glass, screams, and blood followed by intense pain. The only problem with all this was that Angel didn't have a mark on her and no recollection as to how she made it to the hospital.
Following the incident at the hospital, Angel receives a cryptic note saying that she has to report to her new job as a morgue tech, which she had never applied for, and that she has to keep this job for a month or she will end up in jail. With this note also comes a care package of a mysterious liquid drink that she must consume every couple of days to curb her "appetite." Angel starts her new position as instructed and is surprised to find that she is actually good at her job. Things are going well until mutilated bodies start appearing around town with their heads missing and there may be more to her predicament than she expected.
I was pleasantly surprised when I read this novel and I can't wait to read more in this series. One thing that I enjoyed about this novel was that Angel was given a second chance at life to redeem herself. As a zombie, she had an opportunity to turn her life around with a new job, friends and an actual future instead of the life she was destined for before the accident. Angel found out that she could be a good person instead of the self-indulged "loser" that was always numb to life by the pills and alcohol.
I also enjoyed the alternate take on zombie-ism that I haven't come across before. Instead of losing her personality and becoming a decomposing mindless killing machine searching only for brains, Angel was able to retain everything that made her Angel. Consuming brains almost made her immortal by healing injuries and feeding the hunger while giving her the appearance of a normal human being. If she missed a meal for too long of a period of time, things wouldn't be pretty and she would start to look and smell like the dead bodies that she worked with. The mystery involving what happened to Angel that fateful night as well as the serial killer angle was a nice touch to a refreshing tale. One of my favorites this year and I can't wait to read more from this author.
Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive"...