"A horror story with a heart and a mind. After a freak power surge all over Stockholm, the dead start to come alive and walk out of the morgues and cemeteries. At first glance an utterly horrific scenario - but painfully ambivalent for their bereaved loved ones. Take David's adored wife Eva, dead only a few hours following a car smash. She's awake and breathing - with a gaping wound in her chest, no speech or, it seems, thought, and eyes that see nothing, not even David. Or Mahler's little grandson, bitterly missed and now risen from his grave: wizened, mummified, bereft of recognition. Or Elvy, only too glad to see the back of her unloving husband, latterly a helpless invalid and now returned to trouble her once more. There's lovely satire as the state bureaucracy tries to puzzle out the legal status of its formerly dead citizens, and a slightly absurd subplot involving a group of suburban churchgoers who form an armageddon cult. But Lindqvist's main theme is love thwarted by death. Just as he morphed the vampire legend into a tale of sympathy for the outcast (in his last novel, Let the Right One In), Lindqvist has turned the zombie tradition into a wrenching examination of loss, grief and deluded hope."--Provided by publisher.