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Friday, November 18, 2011

review: don't fear the reaper by Michelle Muto

Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality  - Emily Dickinson

Don't Fear The Reaper
Keely Morisson lost more than half of herself when her twin Jordan was murdered. wallowing in grief and hoping to be reunited with her sister, Keely commits suicide. the afterlife, however, was not what she expected. with a reaper and a demon for company, she finds out what being dead really is and that the battle for souls including her own is being wagered. 
author Michelle Muto's book is a haunting journey and exploration of what lies beyond the grave. it is dark and sometimes frightening to contemplate but more often than not, it is filled with nostalgia and a deep-seated longing for forgiveness, justice and peace for and from both the living and those who have passed on. 
Keely is caught in a purgatory of her own doing. her suicide condemns her to witness and be part of a world of demons, angels, reapers and wandering souls. she is unable to cross over and her soul's final destination hangs on a balance. 
the author's premise that love does not stop with one's final breath does not surprise me. the idea that it becomes stronger and more tenacious even in death is something i agree with. the possibility of departed loved ones continuing to watch over and love those they left behind somehow brings me relief and some closure. i find it very comforting too . 
i find the book's details quite plausible. Keely's story is also a reminder to live for the moment and to be thankful for everything and everyone.
i have to admit as well that this was a very emotional read for me. my late parents, relatives and friends were constantly on my mind as i read about Keely and her wanderings in the afterlife. my hope is that their transition from this world to the next was smooth and joyful and very unlike Keely's own. 

*Don't Fear The Reaper is available at Amazon (US, UK), Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and iTunes. for more information about Michelle Muto and her work, please visit http://michellemuto.wordpress.com/

my personal rating is:

Disclosure of Material Connection: i purchased a copy of Don't Fear The Reaper through a coupon provided by the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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