So, Michelle Muto, an awesome author in our Paranormal Plumes Society, has an amazing book out right now called Don’t Fear the Reaper. My TBR stack is amazingly tall… like teetering in the air, getting ready to fall over tall, but when I read the premise of this book, I was fascinated and put it at the top of the stack (carefully, so that I didn’t tip anything over….)
Anyway, I sat down yesterday to read it– my plan was just to read for a few minutes and then clean for Thanksgiving– and I would read the rest later. Um….it didn’t quite work out that way. I didn’t get up until I had finished it (along with half a bag of chocolate chips). It was the kind of book that you just don’t put down. I’m really struggling with figuring out how to explain why this book is so good. I know that I can’t simply say “It just is” and you’ll take my word for it. You want details, right?
Part of the draw for me is this author’s amazing writing style. It’s dark and haunting, but beautiful and delicate even while dealing with a sensitive, ugly subject. It certainly grabs you by the front of the shirt from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until you finish reading. It takes a skilled author to do that.
I’ll tell you right now, the subject matter is a bit dark. Keely, the main character, commits suicide in the first chapter. She is tortured by her twin sister’s murder and takes her own life. But this author doesn’t glorify suicide or make it appear as a great ‘get out of jail free’ card. Rather, she shows its ugliness, its hopelessness. Keely is forced to come to terms with her death- and there isn’t a moment that she doesn’t regret her actions.
Keely goes on to purgatory, where she works with her Reaper and a demon to find her sister in the afterlife and fulfill her purpose. Muto’s take on the afterlife is fascinating and sucks you in with exquisite detail. Can there be a Happily Ever After when a book starts with the main character’s suicide? The answer is yes, when the author is skilled enough to make you actually like a demon, she is skilled enough to make the ending satisfying.
I’m really hoping that there will be a sequel (and I just heard from Michelle that YES, there will be– sqeaaaaaalll), because folks, I’m just going to be honest. I think this is my favorite book of 2011. You should definitely read it. I’m giving it five stars. I would give it more, if I could. And as a special surprise, I will be interviewing Michelle tomorrow. Yaaayyy!! See you then!!