I have just finished reading “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Michelle Muto.
The book description reads as follows:
“Haunted by memories of her murdered twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her only ticket to eternal peace. But in death, she discovers the afterlife is nothing like she expected. Instead of peaceful oblivion or a joyful reunion with her sister, Keely is trapped in a netherworld on Earth with only a bounty-hunting reaper and a sarcastic demon to show her the ropes. When the demon offers Keely her ultimate temptation–revenge on her sister’s killer–she must determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, the reaper and demon have been keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true–that her every decision changes how, and with whom, she spends eternity. “
I was fascinated by the idea of purgatory and Keely confronting her greatest desire for revenge yet her greater desire to protect her sister in the afterlife like she was unable to do while they were still living.
The book opens with Keely killing herself, which is very powerful, scary and emotional, but well written. I was horrified by the way she chose to die and amazed at how determined she was to carry it through. When she wakes up in purgatory, she finds all is not how she thought it would be, with a demon trying to take her to Hell and a Reaper determined to keep her out of Hell, even if it means dooming himself.
Together they set off on a journey through the purgatory where the living and the dead coexist, where death is the only constant companion. All Keely wants is to find her sister Jordan, and know that she is ok. However, there are evil forces at work trying to trick her into Hell.
Keely is an interesting character, strong and determined to find and protect her sister. Her death is horrible but i can understand her reasons behind it and i’m convinced by her love for her twin.
The Reaper and the demon both have their own agendas but they still protect Keely on her journey, showing her the choices she has and the consequences of her decisions. They have their own secrets and their own past regrets, and Keely is determined to find out more about them and why they become what they are. For the strange beings which they are, they are an oddly comforting presence in this scary and confusing purgatory.
In this book we see how people cope with loved ones dying, how the dying deal with their own death and how they end up in Heaven or Hell. The descriptions of death are realistically awful but necessary to the plot, the scenes of grief and moving on are heart-wrenching to read, but there is enough love displayed throughout the book to know how different life is when people love each other.
I give this book 9/10 because it is so well written, is insightful into the possibilities of the afterlife, and portrays a strong and believable love between the two sisters. It is rather morbid and gruesome in parts, and violent as well, and is maybe not ideal for the faint-hearted, but is a superb read if you love the paranormal genre! I definitely recommend this book!