I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass
Published by Quercus Children's Books
One year ago, Kitty's boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he's dead.
With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade--a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic... and Kitty's late mother.
Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he's letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.
From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.
Going into The Life and Death Parade I wasn’t completely sure what I should expect but I knew that there were going to be some supernatural elements which is what I was the most interested in. I have to say that the one resounding issues with this book is that there it isn’t developed to the level I was hoping for. I thought the storyline and characters had so much potential that just wasn’t built upon. But it was an overall okay read for me, but it’s not something I would reach for again, unfortunately.
I really enjoyed the supernatural elements but as with the rest of the book they felt underdeveloped and rushed. I struggled to understand Ronan’s place in the story and the way that he fit in with the story and how he became a part of the family. I just thought that the way everything ended up working out needed a little more development and explanations, ESPECIALLY as he had such a big impact on the family and the way they operated.
What I did love about The Life and Death Parade was the flashbacks to Nikki and his descent into his madness, I thought that these we well-written and well spaced throughout the book to keep the mystery alive. It was definitely what drew me into the book and the story, it was also what kept me reading through. They were the shining moments throughout the entire storyline. Plus the twist at the end was really well played out and something I really enjoyed. Plus I hadn’t really seen it coming which is always an added bonus.
I think my resounding thought on this book is definitely that it should have been longer, with a lot more development of the plotline and the characters this book really struggled with unanswered questions and basically confusion on all sides. I was just left a little bewildered and wanting more.
I would recommend this book but make sure you’re aware that there are limitations in the story and the way it’s told. Saying that you might really love the simplistic nature of the characters and the storyline. But it just wasn’t for me.
Will you picking up The Life and Death Parade when it comes out on the 12th July? Let me know in the comments!