Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.
When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.
I was really looking forward to this book! I love YA horror, and I thought Amy Lukavics’ previous books had been creepy enough that I was definitely going to read whatever she wrote next. Then I read the synopsis for this book, which sounded like a zombie story centred around five sisters, and I pre-ordered right away!
There’s just so much tension in this book (between Mona and her sisters, especially Juliet; between the sisters and their mother) and it felt like it was building up to something. Like Daughters Unto Devils and The Women in the Walls, I felt like this story built up slowly, with lots of tension, and ended with a violent, fast-paced finish.
While that hasn’t always worked for me, I enjoyed this book a lot. I think it’s my favourite book by Amy Lukavics. And it isn’t full of gore and horror (although there definitely is some of that), so I think this could be a good pick for readers looking to read some horror (YA or not), but who want to ease in.