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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Haven is a horror novel by Vickie Johnstone and the sequel to I Dream Of Zombies. Sisters Marla and Ellen have already suffered terrifying dreams of the dead returning to life in London, fighting for survival when their worst nightmares suddenly come true. Now, along with their close friend Tommy, the six weeks of agony and chaos are over, and the trio finds themselves at a place called Haven, where the government promises that all survivors will be safe. Provided, of course, they don’t venture back outside, where walking dead still roam the fields. Marla signs up for guard duty at once, while Ellen is offered a promise of curing her awful dreams, but there will be a terrible price for peace of mind.
It was easy to pick up the thread of this thrilling novel, despite not having read book one, and I found the setting at the Haven facility to be eerie and fascinating from the word go. Vickie Johnstone really knows how to physically describe the horror of living, moving decayed flesh, and Haven is a novel that’s almost beautiful in its grotesque portrayal of the undead. The plot is full of tricks and twists that you’d expect from the horror genre, and though it’s a little guessable in places, the quality of storytelling makes it satisfying nonetheless. The heroes of the tale are well fleshed out and very likeable, and the horrors which they suffer in this instalment are well worth reading about. Overall, a rip roaring zombie adventure.