Don’t Fear the Reaper (Netherworld #1) by Michelle Muto

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Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected.

Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister’s murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust.

Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

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3 ½ ★

This is one of the harder books to review for me. I’m not really sure what to say without really spoiling it but I try and I make it short .
I also should warn, that this book might not be for everyone. It deals with the rather sad and dark subject of suicide, teen suicide to be exact as Keely commits a pretty graphic suicide in the first chapter.
When she wakes up in purgatory she finds the reaper and a demon there to escort her to hell. But it is clear very early on that there is much more going on.
Keely has to be remain with Daniel and Banning until her fate for her afterlife is revealed for sure.
Purgatory is not such a nice place to be and not very safe and even with Manning and Daniel by her site things start to get out of hand. Plus, both of them are keeping things from her and she does her best to figure it out and what is the truth.
She also encounters some to her familiar faces, on her journey in purgatory.
It is rather sad following her around and her journey as she sees firsthand how her loved ones deal with her death. She sees them grieve but also has to grieve her own death. She also meets other departed on her way.
Plus Keeley wants revenge on her sister’s murderer, but as much else in the afterlife and her story it is does not go the way she may have thought.
While I saw the end coming, it was still bittersweet.
There were some plot holes I thought but otherwise even with the dark subject matter it was a good read and I enjoyed it and the characters .

I rate it 3 ½ ★

Quote:

“Despondency and death. A place worse than hell. There’s no Garden of Eden. God acts like he’s hands off, Lucifer has more of a say in things than I thought, angels aren’t what I’d expected, and demons….” I glanced around nervously for Daniel.
“Where’s perfect peace? It’s not fair! When we die, isn’t it all supposed to be fair?”

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*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!

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