Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete Review

Zombie hunting Lizzie gets 3 evil kitties.


Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete
Horror Fiction
Released May 2018
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Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become… zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them. 


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This is a fast paced zombie/ghoul slaying tale that answers the question you never knew you had about the Lizzie Borden case. What if a zombie plague were the reason Lizzie Borden wacked her parents with an ax?

I LOVED this set up and that it jumps right into the grisly murders. And they are grisly. Unfortunately, for me at least, I had a little trouble with the aftermath of it all. The story follows the Borden trial and tries to stay true to events that happened in real life all while a zombie plague is brewing in the town. Lizzie stays mute about the truth and this is where I had trouble shutting off my brain because I felt she should’ve been screaming the truth from the rooftops in order to prove her innocence. That’s what I would’ve done instead of sitting in jail and having the town turn against me and thinking I was a murderess of innocents. I suppose I’m selfish like that. Worse though was that she was covering up for some fickle man and a secret ghoul slaying society and that irritated the heck out of me.

So, because of this, I found the book a little bit of a struggle for me personally. Lizzie’s motivation and strange romances didn’t sit right with me either. With that said, it was certainly gruesome and action-packed and there was a nice ghastly twist at the end that made me cringe and there isn’t much that makes me cringe these days.



About the Author


Christine (C.A.) Verstraete enjoys putting a little "scare" in her writing. She follows the murder trial and offers a twist on the infamous 1892 Borden murders in her book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. She also looks at the murders from the viewpoint of Lizzie's doctor in her latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen. Other books include a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, and books on dollhouse collecting and crafting.

Christine's short stories have appeared in various anthologies including: Descent Into Darkness, Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime, Mystery Weekly, and Timeshares, Steampunk'd, and Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, DAW Books.

She is an award-winning journalist published in daily to weekly newspapers, and in various magazines. Her stories have received awards from local and national newspaper associations, and the Dog Writer's Association of America. 

She is available for signings or appearances, including a PowerPoint presentation on zombies, writing and the history of Lizzie Borden. Visit her website, http://cverstraete.com or blog, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com.



Comments

  1. Even if the book wasn't perfect, I do love the idea of this one. Lizzie Borden hunting zombies! It's great. :)

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  2. Yeah, it does seem odd that she wouldn't want to get the word out about zombies running amok to protect folks and stay off death row. Tough when you can't buy into the motives, but it sounds like a great premise.

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    1. Yeah, that boggled the brain a little but the premise was terrific.

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  3. I had a good time reading this one. Lizzie and zombies! LOL

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  4. That would bug me too- I hate it when characters are innocent and oddly don't try to prove it or speak up. I'm always like- why??? lol. Fun premise though.

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    1. Yeah, I'd be screaming my head off so I never understand that sort of thing.

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  5. The real story of Lizzie has always interested me but I haven't had much luck with the fiction versions I've tried! I think not trying to prove she is innocent means I'd avoid this!

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  6. I haven't read any of these books, though they have been on my radar.

    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I hope you get to read them and that you have fun with them :)

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  7. A zombie plague being the actual reason for a murder would be quite the twist lol. I can see why you had issues where you did. I'd be telling everyone the truth too, I'm sure. At least it could make you cringe!

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  8. I don't think that I have read any Lizzie Borden stories. Strange, I know. I like the addition of zombies of this one but I am with you in that I would have told everyone what was going on!

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    1. I have a few Borden books in my tbr and will get them read one of these days :)

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  9. You know with my fascination with Borden that I have this one in my collection. At least it wasn't a total loss.

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    1. It was very readable. I just wish I could shut off my brain and go with the flow sometimes!

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