Book Review: The Hand That Feeds by Michael W. Garza


  I should start by saying that I’m not the biggest fan of the zombie genre unless it is done in a unique and different way from the zombie stories of the past. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I enjoyed the fact that the story centered around two parents, and the lengths they are willing to go in order to keep their son alive after he falls victim to a mysterious virus. The majority of the story revolves around John (the boy’s father) and his inner struggle between doing what he knows to be completely wrong and against his nature in order to keep his son alive, and trying to keep his wife happy, as well as preventing her from slipping into the poor mental health that affected her in the past, a task he finds increasingly difficult as his moral compass takes a beating, and his wife Angela’s manipulative ways make him constantly go to lengths he’d never thought possible. 

  Things get even more difficult for John as his son’s condition seems to have spread to the townspeople and is rapidly getting worse. I liked this fresh perspective on the genre and I also liked the graphic detail that the author used to tell this story. The only thing I would have liked to have seen done differently is that I would have liked to have had more of the backstory to the novel.  I would have liked to have known how the virus came about, or more importantly how the boy contracted it. Aside from that, I really enjoyed it and would recommend this book to any fans of the zombie genre, of which there are many, or fans of horror fiction in general.

— Reviewed by Wilson King


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