the guardian Fri 03 July 2009
Mary lives in a village surrounded by a fence, beyond which is the Forest of Hands and Teeth, haunted by zombies known as the Unconsecrated. A religious order called the Sisterhood keeps a tight rein on village affairs, controlling every aspect of the citizens' lives. But when the fence is breached, reality will never be the same. So far so clichéd, but what makes this captivating, apart from the beauty of the prose, its wonderfully measured pace and neat plot twists, is the tension between Mary's dreams and the ever-present knowledge of the evil surrounding the village. For once, the hype surrounding a novel is not exaggerated. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is unputdownable.