Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Horror
Publish Date: January 1st 2013
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Death guides usually have rather normal names like John, Mary, Harry, and Jessica. And even ones not quite so normal, like Bartholomew or Ambrosia. They also have the most interesting tales behind their deaths. But one particular death guide has a few problems: she cannot remember her name or the details of her demise, and thus has no story of her own. One fateful night, she meets a young girl that may change her death forever. (Goodreads)
I quite enjoyed this book. It was quite short, at only 32 pages, but it managed to stuff a lot of story into not a lot of words, and it was paced quite well.
It begins with the death guide meeting a young girl who has cancer, and telling her she will die in only a couple days’ time. The girl takes the news quite well, but she continues to ask the death guide all sorts of questions. The guide is not usually asked questions, so these spark her own curiosity. She then returns home, and no one can tell her who she is or how she died, only how they did.
I thought the story was fascinating. It’s tragic and sad, and me reading it under the covers when it would be wiser to be asleep, it was creepy and haunting. It is such a different story than anything else I’ve seen, though, and it will probably continue to poke at my thoughts for a while yet.
Overall, it was just very thought-provoking and sweet. Definitely a quick, easy read, but not one you’ll forget as fast as you can read it. It is currently free on Amazon, so for those of you (like me) looking for something to move along your Goodreads Challenge, or just to read something quickly, I’d definitely recommend it! (The author did not ask me to say that, I just thought I’d throw it in there.) 🙂
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