I received a copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Page Count 288
Publication date May 2019/ Publisher Unbound
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.
To escape an immortal life as Death itself, Lizzy enters a pact with the Devil. She must take the lives of five people chosen by him- but as we all know, a deal with the devil is never straight shooting.
There’s enough back story on each victim and their loved ones to make you really care for them, we learn of their secrets and hopes for the future- in some cases making me hope Lizzy wouldn’t carry out her tasks.
It’s hard to hate Lizzy for her selfishness even though throughout the book you know that’s what it really is. Even so, in my opinion the main character was more a villain than the Devil himself. Deciding to take the lives of others before they were meant to be, all in exchange for your own chance at love? What would you think?
The problem was I found the love story between Lizzy and Tom weightless, the lengths she was prepared to go to for a man she’d never conversed with were ridiculous. The concept behind the plot is a good one, but I’d like to see an epic romance or at least promise of reciprocation before a supposedly good-hearted character starts destroying unsuspecting families.
I felt more for the chosen victims than I did for Lizzy at any time in this story.
The Life Of Death is a bleak tale about the realities of mortality.