Habeas Corpse by Nikki Hopeman #BookReview

Title: Habeas Corpse | Author: Nikki Hopeman | Publisher: Blood Bound Books (site) | Pub. Date: 2013-11-2 | Pages: 258 | ISBN13: 9781940250038 | Genre(s): Horror and Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-4-9 | Source: Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Habeas Corpse

“DEXTER meets Deadite… Nikki Hopeman’s book just might be the most clever zombie story to hit the shelves in quite some time.” Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Play Dead.

When a series of grisly murders terrorizes the Steel City, Theo-an undead “Riser” working as a forensic technician for the Pittsburgh police-decides to use his dark gift to hunt the killer. He finds a partner in his only friend, Dr. Henry Libitin, but Theo’s unique talent of experiencing the victims’ last moments comes with a shocking price. -Goodreads

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Habeas Corpse Review


Oh, Habeas Corpse was lovely work. Absolutely disgusting at times and yet awesome, Nikki Hopeman did a fantastic job in bringing the reader a zombie novel which stands out from the masses of cliché works which are circulating among the masses. As someone who, pardon the pun, devours zombie-centric stories at racetrack worthy speeds, I’ve found myself lately bemoaning the absence of  story-lines that don’t have me wishing the author had reach for some fresh brains themselves. I asked for a proper new zombie novel, and Habeas Corpse delivered. Did it ever.

Fans of the show iZombie will find a basically familiar premise in the fact that Theo is a zombie who works closely with the dead and the Medical Examiner, and gets psychic flashes from eating brains. However, where the limited episodes I’ve seen of iZombie tend to humanize the eating habits, Hopeman makes it very clear that her zombie eats like a proper Riser, or at least tries to. It’s interesting how she makes the reader feel sympathy for Theo and then goes into detail about his ‘investigations’ in such gruesome detail that a weak-stomached person may very well find their gorge rising. Even though with strong stomachs might experience a twinge of delicious discomfort.

Aside from the zombie aspects, which are so pleasing, Hopeman also delivers a mystery  in the form of the deaths that Theo is helping look into. She drops a few clues here and there which might ring faint bells, but (at least for me) avoids the bluntness which all too often causes the reader to figure out who the bad guy is before they’re even halfway through the story.  Plus, just when I thought everything’s going to wrap up one way, she separated me from that idea in a happily grotesque fashion.

This is a must-read if you like zombie novels. Stop what you’re doing, plunk down the money, and get this book. You won’t regret it. Not even for a second. It’ll delight you even as it makes your lip curl in disgust. Nikki Hopeman’s Habeas Corpse is one of the best zombie novels I’ve read in years. At this point, no story line is truly original but she does her best, and her best is very, very good. Definitely looking forward to reading more from this author in the future!

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