The Final Diary #01 The Sickness
by P.B. Simister
Publication date: July 22nd 2014
Genre: Horror, Zombies
William Daniels: Author, coward, murderer, survivor.
The news reports are confusing.
The infection takes everyone by surprise and the infected have one thing on their minds: murder.
William Daniels writes books for children, is a loving husband and a caring father. His dream life is shattered when his wife comes home from work and tells him a homeless man bit her. On top of that, Gemma, William’s fifteen-year old daughter hasn’t come home from school.
He joins forces with his bullying neighbour and together with his freshly infected wife in the back of the car and an unwritten diary in his bag; they head out to search for Gemma.
When street thugs, a junkie and even the police cross his path, William soon learns that the infected are the least of his worries.
One thing is certain- the cost of survival in an infection-ravaged London is high.
I really enjoyed reading The Final Diary. Not only is the story written in a slightly different way than many others I’ve read, but the characters are unlike most I’ve encountered. The cause of the infection, while a bit out there, is interesting and unique. I love the cover, too. It speaks volumes about this book.
William, the main character, is not a badass military man who can plow through anything and come out on the other side unscathed. He’s a real guy with a wife that has recently been infected and a teenage daughter that never came home from school. He doesn’t always know what the right thing to do is, or react in a way that makes sense, but that is what made it easy for me to relate to him.
This story is filled with nail-biting tension, violence, and gore that will get under your skin and spread quickly. In fact, I had a dream that I chewed all my nails off and was pissed. Must have been my subconscious processing the anxiety while I slept. The world building develops organically, and the pacing is pretty spot on. There are a lot of characters, yet I never once felt overwhelmed by their numbers. Their personalities were distinct and made it easy to pick each out in a crowd. Very impressive. I wasn’t fond of all of the characters, but I won’t nitpick about that here. Not everyone can like every character in a book, so it’s simply my opinion.
The flaws: There were some editing issues, which at times pulled me out of the story. I would definitely recommend a good once-over by a professional editor. While I felt the action and tension were present throughout the story, I would have liked there to be a more focused conflict, besides the infected people. The story starts with a great one, but it was resolved a bit too quickly.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. I will certainly recommend The Final Diary to fans of horror, action, gore, and a bit of snarky humor mixed in. I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to read this book.
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About the Author
P.B. Simister was born in the North of England, where he currently resides with his wife and son.
A love of writing and all things terrifying meant that the horror genre quickly became his happy place and although he is a huge fan of zombie apocalypse movies, he will freely admit that he wouldn’t last through the first day if it became a reality.
Inspired by the likes of Herbert, Maberry and Matheson, he wants his stories to creep beneath your skin and stay there.
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