Monday, 9 July 2018

The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 384
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books 
Released: 12th of July 2018 

One year ago, Kitty's boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he's dead. With the Bramleys grieving inside their rural English home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate.

Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic medium claiming he can speak to the dead. He belongs to the Life and Death Parade - a group that explore the thin veil between this world and the next.

Kitty is convinced he's a charlatan - but the 'magic' seems to work. The darkness is lifting.

But there are things Kitty can't ignore - evidence of strange rituals, shadows of the boy she lost, and Kitty begins to suspect that this boy had something to do with Nikki's death. More, that he may have the very real power to bring him back ...

What I Have to Say 

This was slow to get into, but so beautiful once I got into it. It was filled with mystery and madness, slowly revealing piece by piece of information about what happened to Nikki, while also exploring the mysterious Life and Death Parade.

I loved how the Life and Death Parade was so involved in everything. How it starts out with just a simple fortune reading but slowly turns out to be so much more rooted in Kitty's life than it first seems. It also just felt so real. All the magic is so hidden away, covered in scams and spectacle so that it feels like it really could exist, tucked away in the secret areas of a travelling carnival type show. 

It was just so beautifully written. It's so evocative, filled with magic and a wonderfully constructed mystery that once I'd got passed the first chapter, I was completely hooked. 

My thanks go to Netgalley and Quercus for providing me with this copy for review. 

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