Book Chat: Before Save Haven-Lucy

by Christopher Artinian

A devastating disease is sweeping the world, turning people into the undead. The UK is safe for now, but how long before it too succumbs to the savage monsters spreading throughout humanity?

MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.





A virus has infected billions all over the world, turning its victims into vicious zombies. The UK and Ireland have remained uninfected…until now.

Lucy Blair is an American doctor stationed at a field hospital outside the quarantined city of Leeds. Each day she hears more rumours circulating about the virus spreading. Each day she plays her part in the vast mechanism that has been constructed by the British government to safeguard the population.

But today, the rumours stopped. Today, the rumours became reality. Now she is in a new kind of Hell as she fights her way through a dangerous city to find a last ray of hope and that one last chance for survival.


The world is being devastated by a disease. So far the UK’s precautions and isolation have paid off – they have managed to control the zombie outbreak. People are told to stay home or in government sanctioned shelters; there are curfews and food distribution.

Lucy, a doctor, is assigned to work with a nurse, Samantha. They are sent out daily to check on civilians whenever a possible infected person is found. The individual is checked for bites, fever and blood samples taken. Anyone who is bitten by an infected will turn and are put down by the soldiers in attendance. Lucy is barely hanging on and addicted to oxycodone. Having lost her precious daughter 3 years earlier in a car accident, she has horrible nightmares every night, in which Charlie has turned into a zombie and attacks her. Lucy is a good person but the sense of impending doom hangs over her every waking moment. In the beginning, government officials kept her base updated with reports; how the UK was doing compared to the rest of the world, food stockpiles, and other pertinent information. Now only orders and directives were getting through, convincing Lucy that things are getting worse.

While out on the latest call, the ambulance crew encounter several infected (called RAMS for reanimated corpses) on the street, eating a policewoman. This is shocking; it’s the first time her team has witnessed such an occurrence. When Lucy returns to the base camp, she becomes even more anxious when she overhears soldiers discussing multiple cities having outbreaks.

Later, on another run, the ambulance comes across many zombies, and as they flee, more and more emerge onto the streets. Looking for a safe place, they head to one of the large shelters, unfortunately upon arrival, they find bodies lying everywhere. After inspecting the dead, who are composed of civilians and soldiers, they realize raiders had attacked. As they leave, they are chased by raiders. When the soldiers assigned as guards on the ambulance confront the killers, they are gunned down. Lucy and Samantha are alone and scared witless.

Luckily, they manage to evade the raiders. The two women travel the streets, avoiding the undead, trying to figure out where to go. Command control back at their base doesn’t answer and they fear it has been overrun. Finally, Samantha suggests they go to her friend Mike’s house. He is strong and honorable, so they hope for a secure hide out.

Although only a novella, this story is packed with angst and action. The tension is palpable. This is a great introduction to the Safe Haven series and I look forward to reading it now.





NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the March issue.




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