Book Review – Life of Death
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Nicholas A McGirr
After encountering a strangely compelling homeless man, a young woman is taken to his forest hideaway where she learns her thoughts and feelings are as transparent to him as her words. She can hide nothing and though she feels fear she also finds she cannot leave. Somehow able to transport his experiences to her, she learns through vivid memories of his tortured youth and how he learns of his abilities leading to his ultimate belief that he is immortal. Crazy? Perhaps. But something deep inside her tells her there is truth in his words. But why has he abducted her? Why has he shared his life with her and why does he seek her as his companion? Slowly the walls come down, and she finds the truth is something she never expected.
Nicholas McGirr’s “Life of Death” is a cerebral game of cat and mouse. I started reading this thinking I had a good idea of what and who the stranger was based on the title and thought perhaps this would be a predictable plot. However, I found myself challenging my assumptions as the stranger’s past and present were revealed. This kept me turning pages well into the night.
The style and progression of the story are unconventional which some could find confusing but like a David Lynch movie, these greatly enhanced the strangeness of the book and its theme. The questions of immortality are thought provoking and I found the book haunted me for hours after I finished the final pages. Life of Death is $7.99 on Kindle.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.