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Book Review: The Mortician’s Daughter by Nan Higgins

Release Date: April 1, 2020
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Death Agents.

Aria has a 22nd birthday to remember. She learns that her family legacy is to help the dead cross over and her life long dream of becoming a professional singer comes crushing down forever.

She goes into training and meets a cute girl named Sloane. The band t-shirt wearing gal has wanted to be thrust into the world of paranormal her entire life.

I’m not entirely sure how I felt about this book. I was telling my wife that I was interested and entertained while reading it but I didn’t feel a huge desire to get back to it whenever I stepped away.

It had a big Beetlejuice and Men in Black vibe to me but without the humor. I felt like the unbelievable concept required some comedy and because there wasn’t much of that, it took itself too seriously.

There was a whole lot of explanation through education or studying and not enough action. This equated to the feel of telling vs. showing. I would have rather learned about the corporation through experiences as opposed to classroom instruction.

There was a side bit of a romance. Aria develops a crush on her classmate, Sloane. It felt more like a high school relationship vs. young adult. I was taken aback when Aria said she wanted a beer at a concert. Then they had a sex scene and it made me feel awkward because they seemed too young. ‘I love yous’ came unbelievably quick, as well.

Overall, I liked the concept. I thought there were enough unique and interesting scenes that it continued to be engaging.

I received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

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