Recently Deceased – Book Review

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Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Some smile, some cry, some mouth at me, whilst the lips of others remain sealed.”

Death is an instantaneous event. What follows is confusion and uncertainty. Join one individual at the moment in which their body and soul separate, yet are trapped together as they journey with the living to their final resting place.

Three pages. That’s all this story was.

Three pages of powerful language. Three pages which captured my full attention and made me block out the rest of the world for a few minutes. Three pages of clever storytelling, which told the story of one person’s take on death and just what happens in the moments after.

The description was so beautiful to read, even if the nature of this story was particularly saddening. It makes you think, not only of the character describing their experience of death, but of your own life and just how important life is in general. It’s told from a first person present tense perspective which makes it so different from anything else, especially with the theme of the story too.

I seemed to take away a lot from this short story, some rather personal. I’ve still found myself thinking about it a few times, even some time after reading! I must have read this one through four or five times to allow it to really settle in my brain and to take in as much as I could from the author’s talent. It’s an unusual angle, but so very powerful, and something I’d urge everyone to experience!

The author has piqued my curiosity with this very short story and I’m looking forward to seeing what the other stories in his collection will explore!

Thank you so much to the author, Henry Bassett, for my copy of this story to read and review! You can purchase and read this yourself through Kobo and Amazon, available on Kindle. You can follow the author over on Twitter for more updates!

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