This is the first book in Petersen’s Living With The Dead series, and I’m not sure whether to classify it as romance, horror, romance, or urban fantasy. It has a bit of all three. Although the cover blurb for Married with Zombies calls it a romantic comedy, the humor is dark, there's not much romance, and it certainly doesn’t have the “happily ever after” ending generally expected in paranormal romances. The premise of the series is that a zombie-causing plague hits Seattle, beginning with an accident in a scientific lab. The plague soon spreads worldwide (10 to 25 minutes from first bite to full zombification), with the majority of the population becoming zombies. Sarah and David, a struggling married couple, are the protagonists, with Sarah narrating the story. Luckily, they escape the plague, but unluckily, they live in Seattle and must escape from the zombie-filled city.
Married with Zombies follows the couple as they leave Seattle and head south, battling zombies every step of the way. The plot is heavily influenced by the couple's troubled marriage(they were on their way to couples therapy when the zombie plague hit). By the end of Married with Zombies, Sarah and David have been forced to work closely together and depend upon one another in life-threatening situations, and their relationship has grown stronger. The dark comedy comes from scenes in which the couple's marital woes intrude into their zombie battles. For example, when David leaves the toilet seat up, Sarah is initially furious, but then the situation turns to her favor when she smashes the seat down on a zombie's head when it attacks her from behind the shower curtain. Since this is a zombie series, there are many, many graphic zombie-killing scenes with spurting brain matter, sludgy black zombie blood, and exploding body parts.
Contains: Graphic violence and gore
Reviewed by: Patricia O. Mathews