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  • How do you cope when you wake up dead

    How do you cope when you wake up dead? How does a seventeen year old cope? I wondered when I first saw the title of this book whether it was going to be a ghost mystery, but it isn't. She wakes up - well - dead. It's imaginative, intriguing and, I found it, compelling. I couldn't put it down. Every page drew me on. Loved it.

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  • deserves more hype!

    this book is so unique and so original and just funky enough to be a goodreads favorite and i’m so mad that it’s only coming out on kindle because it honestly deserves to be in the NYT bestseller’s list with a huge promo following and book tours and stuff and it deserves to have twitter and goodreads hype behind it and for the hardcover to be sold out in every barnes & noble in the continent. THAT’S how good The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker is. and then again i think maybe just probably i might have a thing for necromancy as a subgenre. MAYBE. this book follows—you guessed it—Eleanor Parker. Eleanor wakes up after a night of partying with some friends to find out that she died the night before, almost exactly a year apart from another girl, Sarah, who was killed in the exact same place as Eleanor. even though she knows for a fact that she’s dead—she’s lost her sense of taste, smell and touch, she’s not hungry, she’s not tired, she’s always cold and her fingers are starting to decompose a little—she’s strangely been given another chance at life, so she makes it her mission to find out who murdered her, and if whoever murdered her was also Sarah’s murderer. so despite the fact that the plot is pretty heavily loaded, (investigating your own murder??!?!??!) this is surprisingly a character driven book, which i personally really liked because the characters were all honestly very compelling and flawlessly fleshed out. i do like me some well developed characters. Eleanor herself never felt like a tedious POV character. she was easy to follow and, for a book written in first person, she was surprisingly not whiny or annoying or boring or dumb, and i hate myself for saying this, but first person POV’s are like that most times and this book wasn’t like that at all. anyway, i loved Eleanor and i especially loved her mom and her brother. the rest of the characters were great, 10/10 would recommend. this book was equal parts YA contemporary and murder mystery/thriller. (there was also surprisingly a teeny-tiny bit of sci-fi there right at the end and a lowkey religious vibe throughout, especially during some scenes where Eleanor’s talking about belief, and then again with that strange guardian angel thing near the climax of the book.) ANYWAY, i was kept completely at the edge of my seat all through the book and, dare i say, the twist at the end was very unexpected!! kerry wilkinson obviously has some experience in the mystery/thriller field, but i do like books that can take me by surprise in a non-outrageous way and still be completely in tune with the characters and general tone of the book. ANYWAY so like i said before this book deserves to be a NYT bestseller and you can quote me on that later. even though it took me a really long time to get through because i didn’t have much time to read during the week, i was still holding onto my chest in shock every time i picked it back up because it was SO GOOD. gotta blast.

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  • A great concept, fresh and different

    Well this was a refreshing change - a mixture of genres that worked very well for me! This is essentially a YA novel about Ellie, who finds herself in a river and realises that she is actually dead, although to everyone else she looks alive. Yes, you have to suspend belief, and once you do, then you're in for a wonderful read. The book is a whodunnit, with plenty of mystery and a smattering of the supernatural, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved Ellie's character and her voice, I think, is perfect for the YA market, with plenty of wit and sassiness in the mix. The story flows along at a great pace, as we are led down all the blind alleys until we come to a gripping finale - and a twist that I did not see coming. This is my first Kerry Wilkinson book and I'll definitely be reading more.

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  • Is there Life after Death?

    Where to start with The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker? Where better than the cover and the title? The cover is very striking with the contrast between the leaves and the earth. And that title….such a twist on the established phrase and so fitting for this book! I’ve only read one of Kerry Wilkinson’s books before but I really enjoyed it so I was intrigued when I read the blurb to The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker. I was totally intrigued why Ellie was still alive and how she could possibly be linked to a death a year previous. Being a teenager is hard enough without being dead! Mr Wilkinson definitely played his cards close to his chest when he wrote this. Even at half way through, I couldn’t settle on a suspect. Everyone close to Ellie had a motive even if Ellie was finding these things out as she went along. Memory loss must be a pain when you’re trying to solve your own murder! I found this rather an addictive read, it helped me escape the real world which had its own problems. Shadowing Ellie as she solved the problems in her life totally captured my imagination. I could see this as a drama on TV, similar to the epic Pretty Little Liars….but not quite as long. It’s murder mystery with a difference, a touch of the paranormal. If you don’t like anything of that ilk, I wouldn’t suggest you read this. But if you keep an open mind, this is a cracking read. It may be a YA book but this not so young adult really enjoyed it. The YA label is such a wide-ranging genre, it can cover variety of topics so if you’re attracted to the blurb but put off by the label, give it a try; you might be surprised!

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  • Great thriller!

    I was very excited for the chance to read this and I was not disappointed. From the first page to the last, this was an excellent read. I'm sitting here at 3:40 in the morning writing my review, because I couldn't stop reading! First, I'd like to thank Netgalley, Bookouture, and Kerry Wilkinson (the author) for allowing me to have this ARC of The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker. **spoilers** Eleanor wakes up in the river, freezing cold and not having any recollection of how she got there. She tries breathing only to cough up muck and water. She somehow manages to get herself up onto the bank and eventually home. She sneaks inside and makes her way to her room. She notices dark bruises on her chest and realizes they are fingerprints. She is also freezing cold and can't seem to get warm. As she tries to sleep, she feels hands, on her head and chest, pushing her deep into the river. She can't sleep. The only thing she can think of is that she died in the river that night. From that moment on, Eleanor stops at nothing to try and figure out what happened. She knows there has to be a tie between herself and Sarah (her brother's girlfriend who was killed in the river just the year before). Everyone looks like a suspect. It isn't until another girl winds up missing, that the pieces of this suspenseful puzzle are put together into a very climactic ending. Definitely a great read and one that will have you thinking until the very end!

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