I just finished Handling The Undead last night, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s follow up to the more famous vampire novel and film Let The Right One In. If reviews are a little lukewarm on various sites, it’s maybe because it doesn’t quite deliver the same quality (I’ve neither seen or read LTROI but will do next).
A lot of people also seemed disappointed that whilst this is a book about zombies, or the undead, the story doesn’t unfold as you might expect, the tone is quite sedate and this is no ‘action’ story. Rather, it poses the far more interesting question: If people did start coming back from the dead, how might this happen, how might society react, and as told through various viewpoints, how might real people and families cope and handle the situation? There are a even a few references to zombies in popular culture, such as Resident Evil, which actually drill home the reality of it all. It’s dealt with surprisingly tenderly, a slow burn all the way through but that keeps you interested and engaged enough to keep the pages turning. There was no second guessing as to how the direction might shift as the story progressed and I was genuinely gripped right until the end. Highly recommended.