If I asked you what Death would look like, you’d probably go for something along the lines of an angry skeleton wearing a monk’s robe and carrying a very sharp farm implement with which to rip your soul from your body—am I right? Maybe he’d even have glowing yellow orbs where his eyes should be and speak with a voice that comes from his toes and goes right through you, despite the fact he doesn’t actually have a larynx or any vocal chords to speak of. And he’d have a strange obsession with egg-timers.
In fact, apart from the angry bit, he was nothing like that.
Life was a bitch, but if Tabitha Brownlee was to be believed, Death was an alcoholic megalomaniac with a penchant for single malt and eyebrows that met in the middle. The problem was, that he alone had the power to put her soul back into her body and evict the son of a bitch who’d taken her place.
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We start out with Tabitha our female lead talking about the multiple ways she could have died instead of the way she really does die. Tabitha dies eight days before her wedding. She is about to marry a much older gentleman John. As she is about to die she meets Mortimer “Mort” her collector and she accidently switches places with him.
Tabitha thinks she’s in a dream and can wake up any minute. We get to meet the rest of the people in her life and see from an observational point of view how all of the people we choose to surround ourselves with can shape our thoughts and opinions of ourselves. While we say we want to know what that person is really thinking or we would love to be a fly on that wall we may not really be prepared to witness it in person.
There is a lot of personal growth, and a lot of side stories that sometimes take a convoluted route to get there. There is a lot of politicking and back stabbing in the world of the dead it seems.
I really liked the premise of this story and I waived between 3 and 4 stars. The personal dialogue that we are privy to with Tabitha is funny at times that gets a bit whinny and drawn out at times. Her observations become a bit cliché after a bit. The book could have been condensed after a lot of needless what I would take as the authors attempt at comedic like moments that took away from the book. Tightening up a bit would have made this move at a faster pace.
Despite the length the book was a good read and showed what we are willing to do for our loved ones and the selfless sacrifices we sometimes make for them.