Completely unique

The Secret Dead - S.W. Fairbrother

It took me a little while to get into this story and become used to the very unique, fantastical world this author has created, a world where non-humans live amongst humans.  I liked the main character, Vivia, who is a death hag, warts and all.  But since Vivia could return to the land of the dead and meet shades of those living, it was hard to keep track of who was dead and who wasn’t and to follow the mystery.  And while I liked the humor that the author included, at times it almost made the book a bit cartoonish though it certainly has its dark moments.

 

There were some touching moments though and as I mentioned, I really did like Vivia and her efforts to try to live as normal life as she could.  The author has an amazing imagination and this book is quite a creative endeavor.   It ends on a cliff hanger so if you enjoy it, be prepared to read the next book “A Murder of Crones”.

 

I won this book in a LibraryThing member giveaway and was asked to give an honest review.