Title: Blood Pact
Author: Tanya Huff
Publication Year: 1993
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Vicki Nelson has received the call that no daughter ever wants to receive — that her mother has died. Marjory Nelson’s coworkers at the Queen’s University Life Science Department told her that she suffered a heart attack, and that they’d be waiting for Vicki to arrive in Kingston to make the funeral arrangements. But what begins as a personal tragedy turns into the most terrifying case of Vicki’s career, when her mother’s body disappears mysteriously from the funeral home. Someone at the University is determined to learn the secret of life after death…and they’ve decided to make Vicki’s mother part of their horrifying experiments.
I don’t normally like zombie stories, but on occasion I give them a shot anyways. In this case, I started reading Blood Pact without knowing that zombies would be involved. I would have read it anyways, though, since it’s part of a series that I was enjoying. And, as it turns out, there are some rather important things that happen in this book that you need to know in order to read the final book in the series, so … I guess too bad for you if you don’t like zombies.
One thing I liked about this book was that Huff managed to write about zombies without using all of the standard tropes. They were going after anybody’s brains or, really, trying to eat anybody. And they weren’t caused by biting someone with a virus. It was more like … a scientific experiment gone horribly bad. I felt that it was done well.
I thought that Blood Pact was just another addition to the series at first, but as it progressed, I realized that it was also showing a bit of an evolution in how Henry and Celluci interacted with each other. Between that and the Big Thing that happens at the end, I think that it might actually be my favourite book in the series!