Drowning in the Dark
Author Allison Karras
There’s a demon walking the streets of Freeport. And only teenager Samantha Carver can stop it. It’s hard to outrun your past. But that’s what Sam thought she could do. After moving to a sleepy town on the Oregon coast to live with relatives, she thought she was safe. She thought she could be someone different. She thought she could be a normal teenage girl. However, the quiet coastal town of Freeport is no refuge. After a girl at the high school is brutally murdered, the police believe Samantha’s cousin and best friend, Terry, is responsible. But Samantha knows what her friends, teachers, and the police don’t. The murderer isn’t human. Samantha has seen this before. Too many times. She has witnessed the dead rise from their graves and do unspeakable things. She carries the scars on her skin and the sorrow in her soul to prove it. The evil that she thought she had left behind in the rotting graveyards of her past is still stalking her. Will Samantha be able to save Terry, Freeport, and herself from the malevolent power that threatens to rip her world apart? Or will she succumb under a surging tide of evil and drown in the growing darkness that surrounds her?
Review: Drowning in the Dark is a quick, easily read suitable for younger readers who hunger for zombie tales. The depiction isn't terribly horrifying so not likely to frighten YA audience. Runs in a similar vein as Buffy the Vampire Slayer stories, only the demons that need slaying are zombies, not blood sucking vampires. Outfitted in a purple raincoat (this is the pacific northwest after all), Sam battles the supernatural with the help of a baseball bat and a guardian angel. Being a previous resident of Portland and now a loyal Seattlite makes me biased to the setting of the story. There must be something about our dreary weather that attracts the supernatural. Thankfully, no malevolent being sparkles in this book. It stays true to the standards of zombies and graveyards that purists will appreciate.