The Life of Death by Lucy Booth is an Adult Horror story of “One soul. One pact with the Devil. One chance at love.”
“Elizabeth Murray has been condemned to burn at the stake. As she awaits her fate, a strange, handsome man visits her cell. He offers her a deal: her soul in return for immortality, but what he offers is not a normal life. To survive Elizabeth must become Death itself.
Elizabeth must ease the passing of all those who die, appearing at the point of death and using her compassion to guide them over the threshold. She accepts and, for 500 years, whirls from one death to the next, never stopping to think of the life she never lived. Until one day, everything changes. She – Death – falls in love.
Desperate to escape the terms of her deal, she summons the man who saved her. He agrees to release her on one condition: that she gives him five lives. These five lives she must take herself, each one more difficult and painful than the last.”
This book starts out with one of my favorite story elements: witches.
The main character experiences her last moments being accused as a witch. But, her soul doesn’t stop there. She soon becomes one of the most feared roles as the Devil’s assistant. Seeing her means your life is about to end. Darkness unfolds as she tries to help those in their last moments, but she’s caught in the crossfires of them and her master.
There is a lot of emotional struggle the main character faces as she repeatedly witnesses horrifying and sad moments throughout the book. You can’t help but feel her turmoil.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. The writing felt raw and full of mystery. This one is categorized as a horror novel, and I wouldn’t necessarily call this a scary book by any means. It’s more of a dark tale than a terrifying read.
I was entertained during most of the scenes, but there were a few moments that I rushed through.
Published: 2 May 2019
Genre: Adult Horror
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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