Don’t Fear the Reaper
Author: Michelle Muto
Published: September 23, 2011
Rating: 3.5 Birds
Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected. Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister's murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity.
My take: So I went into the book thinking “mystery, unsolved murder, figuring things out” – which, it ended up to be. Michelle Muto has created a wonderful story for those looking for something about death and the demonic world…and purgatory.
The biggest reason I gave this book a little bit of a lower rating was because Keely seemed like this whiny thing after having taking her own life. It’s like “ok, look you’re dead, now learn to deal with purgatory. You have things to figure out.” But with the self loathing, it was hard to get in the mindset that she was going to keep striving sometimes to find her lost twin who had been murdered.
Trying to figure Banning and Daniel out was tricky, which was the part I truly did enjoy. One second I’d trust one, and the next I’d trust the other one. Total mind boggle for me. Guess I have crazy thoughts too often?
I liked getting to kind of go into the mind of the demon and the reaper – without having to delve too far because it was from Keely’s perspective. So props to Michelle for not going too far with how the processing worked and only sharing it from one mindset.
Given the opportunity to reread this book, I probably would so I could see past Keely’s self-loathing and look further into the minds of nearly everyone in the story. I have to admit, this one was a bit out of my comfort zone because I’m more used to the whole “here’s a plot, girl falls in love, things happen, the end” and this was completely different.
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