The writing was engaging and well done. There was just the right amount of description, and everything felt very real. The author must have spent a lot of time making sure that she had a grip on how everything in the world would work, from how things would smell to how one would feel after coming back from the dead. I can't say much about typos and things like that because it's written in England with their grammar and spelling, so I'm not always sure what might be an error and what might be a simple difference of rules. I admit that at times the difference did throw me, but I just held on and enjoyed the ride. The ONLY complaint I had is that it ends on kind of a cliff hanger. The main story is more or less wound up, but there's still a very big sort of side issue that needs to be resolved. Lucky for us, book two is now available! Since book one is free (as of this posting, and also back when I downloaded it), I have no qualms about spending $4.99 on the continuation.
My favorite (other) thing about The Secret Dead is that our heroine is a Hag. She's not pretty. In so many books, the girl doesn't think she's pretty, but of course ever man she walks by thinks she's the most amazing 'thing' he's ever seen. We've had enough of that, ladies and gentlemen. This Hag is truly not pretty, but she cares about people, she uses her brain, and she's making the world a better place. I love it! Plus, she can die and come back repeatedly. Tell me that's not cool.
Sexual Content: There's a character who's crass, but he doesn't have much face time and we're not supposed to like him anyway.
Language: I forgot to take notes, but I'll just say that I don't remember any bad language. There were probably a few minor instances.
Violence: We have zombies, murder, and the underworld. So yeah, some violence, but I wouldn't say it's really graphic.
Overall Plot/Message: Wonderful mystery entrenched in an urban fantasy London, with a fantastic lead character who lives a life of service and adventure. 5 stars.
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