Thursday, October 17, 2013

Six Months or LESS by Latifa Hazim-Rogers

Page Langford is fifty years old, a wife and a mother-and now that she's dead, she finds herself in the unenviable position of existing as one of the living dead.  She is forced to watch as her friends and family's lives unravel.  There are secrets long since buried, lies too deep and gruesome to believe.  But they're all true, all of them, and Page is glad to be dead.  Glad to feel no pain.  If she were still alive, the pain of the betrayal and the lies would be too much for her to bear.  (taken from the back of the book)

I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed.  I was really expecting the book to be from Page's perspective, but it isn't.  After her death, it's from the perspective of everyone else with a random thought from Page sprinkled in.  We don't get to see anything from her perspective after her death.  We simply know that the people she left behind hear warnings from her in their head when they're about to do something idiotic. 

This isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the book.  Though it isn't what I expected, it's still a good read, especially from a first time author.  The characters are interesting and the story line is....fun.  Basically, for me, it read like a really bad soap opera.  There's passion and murder and intrigue and all sorts of wonderful gruesomeness.  Which reminds me, THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN!  Some of the love scenes are definitely adult and incredibly descriptive.  I wish the same passion had gone into the writing of the violent scenes. 

Behind it all, there's a good story with morality.  It really is an interesting read, even though it's over the top throughout most of it.  This is a great book to sit down with and feed your inner demon for lust and power and greed and the darker side of life.  If you don't take it too seriously, you can really enjoy it.  Just don't expect the book to be all about what Page is going through once she becomes a 'ghost'.

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