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Leisel and Evelyn lost everything. Husbands. Families. Friends. Lives that made sense. All they had left was each other and a friendship that could withstand anything...even an apocalypse. Until one fateful night when the marginal safety they'd come to rely on comes to a vicious and brutal end, and they find themselves face to face with a much altered, much crueler life.
Traveling across a broken and infection-ridden country, they find everything comes at a price - especially safety, the cost of which could very well strip them of the one thing they've tried so hard to cling to: their humanity. Yet along with all the trials they're forced to endure, there's also hope in the form of love. But in such a savage world, is there room for love? In a place of nightmares made reality, where the living should be feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love among all odds can mean the difference between life and death.
©2015 Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley (P)2015 Tantor
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By Denise on 05-31-16

Powerful post apocalyptic story!

The story of Evelyn and Leisel is one of devoted friendship. This post apocalyptic world is not really a "zombie" story ... the "infected" are eluded to, fought every once in a while, but as a whole is a back drop to the story of the friendship that endures. I was unsure if I would enjoy this story. I read previous reviews and was hesitant to try it. I do like a well written story and this one was very well done. This is kind of a love story in a post apocalyptic world. It is a brutal, ugly world where women are viewed as commodities. In my opinion, it is a good story. Not my normal genre but I do know that Madeline Sheehan can pen a good story. This story is not for everybody. You have to be able to cope with a Mad Max world ... that is dark and violent. I used a credit and recommend this book for a credit or sale.

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By jami on 05-06-15

Intense and heartbreaking

Claire C. Riley and Madeline Sheehan will rip out your heart, drop it on the floor, stomp on it a bit - then pick it up, dust it off and hand it back to you.

The character development in this book is amazing. They make mistakes and bad decisions at times, but to me that makes them more human. You are drawn in to this world, you fall in love with the good guys and you really, really hate the bad guys. You are kept on the edge of your seat all through the book as they try to find somewhere safe.

Evelyn is the ballsy, take charge, speaks what is on her mind half of the duo that will sacrifice anything to keep Leisel safe. Leisel is the timid mouse that has been broken over and over again, but she is much stronger than even she knows. Polar opposites, they are best friends that keep each other going during the zombie apocalypse.

It is very dark at times, but that makes it realistic. All this and you still get zombies!

CJ Bloom did a wonderful job with the narration. She has a pleasant voice, good pace, you can easily distinguish the characters and she put so much emotion into the parts that called for it.

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By ~Cariad~ on 08-25-15


Probably one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. More, more, more please!

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By Kat P on 05-25-15

Friendship will survive!!

So I love Madeline Sheehan and she is the reason I brought this book.

Zombies or Walking Dead not my normal type of read. I am a romantic reader, so this was not the normal for me. But OMG I loved it and I am so going to try Claire C Riley other books.

This book is about 2 friends Leisel and Evelyn who have lost everything. Their husbands, homes and lives before the apocalypse. Who to trust is the biggest problem. They seem to go from one disaster to another but survive each disaster because they have each other. Friendship like this will survive even if every day is a battle.

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