Although a lot of people liked this book, some calling it ‘sensational’, I was frankly underwhelmed. The basic premise is that when you die, you go to a place that isn’t a place while the authorities decide what to do with you. You are attended by an angel, who keeps complaining about how busy they are, what with a cruise ship having just sunk and all, so your instructions are to hang around and wait until they can get to you. Oh, yeah, and if you want, you can pop back into your earthly life from time to time to check up on the family and friends, but they can’t see you and try as you might, you can’t really interfere anymore in earthly matters.
First of all, the logic of a lot of the plot didn’t make much sense. All the angel staff are busy because of a sinking cruise ship? Talk about First World White People problems. What about the millions who are dying daily around the world? Do you mean to tell me that every freaking angel is busy with the over-monied white people on a cruise ship?
It concerns primarily a young woman who just got engaged, takes a taxi home to her own apartment, the taxi driver is busy fiddling on the floor for his phone and gets them into an accident in which they are both killed. There are a couple of other people who die and I forget how because my mind drifted just a wee bit at that part. OK, I fell asleep. All right? Are you happy now? So it is all about the lives and secrets of the family and friends of these dead people and how they cope, with these dead people trying to interfere.
Told as a straight chick lit story, minus the dead people, would have made a pretty good chick lit book. Working it around the Dearly Departed made it a mashup that frankly didn’t work all that well for me.
While it was a pretty good idea for a book, it was merely close but no cigar, as they say in… well I don’t know where they say that. I surely can’t imagine a series based on this.
I like my ghosts ghostly and not whining and complaining all the time, and my haints doing some decent spooking. This? Well, no.