Review of The Death Doll by Brian P. White

Updated: Jul 6, 2019

The Death Doll is a good start to a zombie series with a unique twist.

The author has chosen to make this book more about people and less about zombies. There are plenty of zombies, no worries there. It is just that the plot and the characters are what make this book tick along. And the zombies are like a backdrop to all that’s happening; they are influential in the sense that their presence sets the context for the story and plot points. This is the sort of writing that makes a story based around the walking dead actually interesting (cough Resident Evil movies cough)

The characters, their conflicts and their struggle to survive in the wasteland are easily the strong points of the book.

But, there are some rough patches too.

The author should have reduced the use of some standard zombie tropes in the story. The other thing that the author could have done is to make some of the interactions a bit more realistic – sometimes, I felt that the lead character DD was not behaving in ‘character’ and was being a lot more forgiving in situations that she would not have been. It would also have been great to get more backstory about DD than what was offered.

Overall, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. The Death Doll never bored me and I was reasonably into the story. I will read the next book in the series.

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