Posted by Todd A Fonseca
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: J.K. Walker
Format: Kindle, Paperback
In a moment, their lives and future changed forever. David and Angel were settling in for what had become a favorite pastime of bad movie night when it all went wrong. The gunshot sent David into action but it was too late, the pizza-man costumed assassin had already put one slug into Angel. By the time their friend Jazz had arrived to help, the assassin had disappeared and David was moments from death. His need to protect Angel followed him into the afterlife and now a ghost, David struggles to understand his new reality, how to protect his love from suffering his own fate as the assassin remains at large, but also how to let go before it is too late and his obsession destroys everyone.
“In My Time of Dying” is a thoughtful and heartwrenching addition to J.K. Walker’s Salt Lake After Dark series. This installment continues on with the supernatural were-people we’ve come to know, and the humor and characterizations that make these stories so engaging remain; the added dimension here (no pun intended) is the intense love story and what one would do to protect those they love and knowing ultimately what is best for them may not be congruent with one’s own beliefs.
Told primarily from David’s perspective, I especially enjoyed his learning of what “rules” govern his new reality as he is mentored by one who came before him, but also the subtle downward trajectory David takes as he struggles to face the reality of what he can and can’t do and what love really is.
Those who have already enjoyed this series will appreciate this chapter and all it offers as the world Walker has created becomes richer with each telling.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.