In 1869, a young widow named Luella Pembry arrives in the town of Lazarus, California.
She is aware of Lazarus' secret; it's a site of infrequent Risings of the dead. But lately, the phenomenon is happening more often.
When Luella approaches Sheriff Drake and Mayor Cole to offer her aid, both men are skeptical.
How can this stranger stop the Risings? It soon becomes clear that there are other secrets in this town. What is the force behind the reanimation of the dead? And where does the untimely death of a young woman fit into the equation?
Luella and Drake race to unravel the mystery to save the town, and their own lives.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I love zombie novels. I also love historical fiction. Combine a zombie novel with a historical western setting, and I am all for it. That's exactly what the reader gets when reading Lazarus. I've been Facebook friends with Lori Titus for a while, and really wanted to read one of her books. I chose Lazarus. I'm so glad I did. It might be one of my favorite zombie novels that I've ever read.
Lazarus has a strong zombie element in the plot. However, it's not just a zombie book. There's also a paranormal experience, which was a pleasent surprise. I've rarely ever read the two paranormal types in the same book, and really enjoyed it. I thought it brought something new to the genre, and kept it interesting. Lori Titus pulls off the combination with her phenomenal writing style. It didn't feel like there was too much going on at all, like it usually does when I've seen other authors attempt it.
Typically, I hate instalove in a book. It's one of my biggest pet peeves. There is some instalove in Lazarus between two characters. At first, it annoyed me at the beginning. However, the further I got into the book, I realized Lori Titus wrote in a way that it works really well. Not only did it seem necessary to the plot, but it seemed natural. It wasn't the forced instalove that's in most books. She made me look at instalove in a completely new way.
Lazarus was one of the best horror books I've read this year. It made me see several aspects of the horror genre in a new light. I look forward to making my way through Lori Titus's back log of books that she's previously released. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, yet captivating, horror read.
I give Lazarus: 4/5.
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