Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall
“A combination of historical mystery, romance, and zombie mayhem, tied together by the infinitely fun premise that Lizzie Borden had a very good reason to give her father and stepmother forty whacks! Loved the first in this series and the second is just as fun.”—Dana Fredsti, author of the Ashley Parker Plague series.
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A little preview: I continue the snippets from the real-life trial at the top of each chapter. Here's how it starts:
We pray thee that innocence may be revealed and guilt exposed…”
—The Rev. M.C. Julien, opening prayer
Trial of Lizzie Borden, June 5, 1893
Fall River, Massachusetts—October, 1893
Lizzie Borden sprang awake, startled by a sound she never expected, or wanted to hear again—a low, eerie keen that made her skin crawl and the long, straight hairs on her neck curl up into tight ringlets.
“No, no!” She jumped out of bed and ran to the window, her heart pounding in fear. “Please, don’t let it be!”
The chaotic scene on the street below filled her with disbelief and horror. No matter which direction she looked, she saw pure evil—groups of the undead she’d truly thought were gone forever. They’d been vanquished—or so she’d been told. Who had lied?
Then she had another unexpected, but this time much more pleasant, shock—seeing her former self-defense instructor Pierre Moret. As the monsters shambled closer, he stood a moment as if in contemplation before closing the wrought iron gate. He waved for her to come down and disappeared out of view by the front door.
Why is he here? Why now?
The ghastly roars and growls outside quickly made her realize it didn’t matter. Her panic rising, Lizzie threw off her nightwear and slipped on one of the old pair of bloomers she’d worn in previous fights. For some reason, she’d kept the costume in her armoire, though she’d expected to never, ever, be doing this again....
** Book 1, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter
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After being acquitted of brutally slaying her parents, Lizzie Borden thinks her nightmare is over—but it’s only just begun!
Now Lizzie and the citizens of Fall River must battle a new surge of flesh-eaters, this time with a heartbreaking twist: the infected creatures are friends and family, hidden away by their grief-stricken caregivers.
When her sister Emma becomes a pawn in the growing war against the undead, Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again. With the help of her charming self-defense instructor, Pierre, she vows to end the horrific zombie menace, once and for all. But can she overcome her personal demons and the rampaging monsters, no matter the cost?
"There is class warfare, capitalism gone wild, and family guilt. What a combo! Why do I like Verstraete’s take on the zombie hordes? Purpose and individuality. I wish for more merry mayhem from her. Long may she maim!"-- Terrance McArthur, King's River Life Magazine
"Most books don’t have a well enough follow through for me to read the entire second book to a series or a duo. BUT…. I mean a huge but, C. A. Verstraete was able to not only keep my attention, but she friggin’ executed the entire thing! I was captivated by how well the story panned out. It was thrilling in all the right places and not once did it let up on suspense." -- Dezzy @NerdGirl.com
* Recommended Summer Reading: Kenosha News' Liz's 2018 Book Club (see local authors section)
"...I loved the way Lizzie’s insecurities, fears and determination make her more real as she tries to solve the mystery, rescue Emma, and fight off the zombie hordes. Filled with exciting and somewhat gruesome action, and an ever deepening mystery that kept me glued to the page until the very end of this well written tale. A fast paced and enchanting 4.5 star read." - Horror Maiden's Book Reviews
"A quick read. Picks up where book one left off. These are fun reads if you like mystery and gory elements in your stories." - 4 cranky stars, Cranky, The Book Curmudgeon
"I just love this world that the author has created for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall is a fast-paced read that has lots of zombie fighting action that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. I love the combination of the Lizzie Borden story and zombies and the world building is so amazingly incredible. I can’t get enough of it!" - The Avid Reader
"Very gory and I love it... I was utterly shocked at the outcome at the end of this book and who was involved. It is completely unexpected! Must read for any zombie/historical fiction lover!"--5 stars, Maiden of the Pages