24 February 2012

Review: Deadlocked by A.R. Wise

Deadlocked by A.R. Wise

Published: December 2011

Source: own library


David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

Deadlocked puts you into David's head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that could guarantee his family's survival, but at what cost? 

My Thoughts

David is your average kinda guy, salesman with a young family who finds himself thrust into the zombie apocalypse with no warning, and no easy escape. Watching events unfolding with horrifying speed at work, he begins his pilgrimage home to find his wife and daughters.

There’s no ‘down-time’ in Deadlocked. It’s fast paced action from the opening scenes right to the very end, making for a quick and enthralling read.

David is a good main character, there’s nothing unlikable about him, and his desire and determination to make it home to the ‘burbs and his family is nothing short of admirable. But what will stay with me the most is the incredible imagination of Wise in creating a realistic, scary storyline with some ideas that I’ve not read before in zombie-book-land.  The writing is excellent – believable, well-structured and captivating.

The ending completely surprised me – it didn’t turn out at all how I expected which made it an even more memorable read.

If you do read this, you should also read the author’s comments at the end – there are some truly fascinating ideas about zombie writing and why so many of us enjoy these type of books. I’m really looking forward to Deadlocked 2! 


  1. Great review Kat I never saw the ending coming either. I reviewed this one and book 2 together. Did you read book 2? It's pretty intense as well!

  2. Thanks ladies! I'm glad you're enjoying the series.

  3. i read this one too, i posted it on my blog for my books of march :)



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