Review: This Side of Dead by Kelly Fitzpatrick

This Side of Dead by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Release Date: May 26, 2011
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages: 106
Source:  Book provided by the publisher for review

On Memorial Day weekend, Cecilia Denton hopped out of her boyfriend Brad’s car and leapt off a bridge. Far from suicidal herself, she did it to save a jumper, but she had no idea of the chain of events her heroic stunt would set in motion. Because Cecilia cheated the Grim Reaper, Death claimed her boyfriend instead. Now, Cecilia and Malcolm, the stranger whose life she saved, must go on a scavenger hunt of redemption. Either they prove to Death that there’s more to humans than greed and despair, or Death claims both Malcolm and Brad.

Malcolm Manchester didn’t ask to be saved, and he sure doesn’t want to be Cecilia’s partner in a game of Beat the Clock to restore Death’s faith in humanity. The heat is on Cecilia to give Malcolm a reason to live before time runs out-or send him off with a bang.


Review: How far would you go to save a complete stranger from dying?  When Cecilia is faced with this decision she jumps literally and finds herself in a triangle of sorts.  I simply loved this story from the beginning.  The funny offbeat story is a total winner.  Ms. Fitzpatrick has you captivated from the minute you start reading until the very end where you almost don’t want it to end.

This is a story that is so quirky that you can’t help but laugh and feel good throughout the whole story.  From the beginning Cecelia jumps into the water to save Malcolm where she ends up talking with Death who is waiting to take Malcolm…to her fiancé Brad becoming Zombie like…because she saved Malcolm and death needs someone to keep things balanced.  So she finds herself falling for Malcolm as they try to save Brad.

All the characters are so real in their own way that you can’t help but wonder who in Ms. Fitzpatrick’s life they are based on.  They were so hilarious and developed they actually were believable.

I found the conversations to be very quick whited and engaging.  Making you stop and think about what you just might do if faced with a similar situation.  I thought that perhaps there just may be a chance where this could happen.  The storyline moved along at a very fast paced level but it worked as it kept you reading, involved and not really knowing what could happen around the corner.

I loved the romantic underlaying theme to the story; it was endearing.

This was such a unique and simple story idea that it worked.  What would you do to help a stranger escape death and twist it to also save your Zombie fiancé?   Or how to change fate to work to your advantage while altering all the lives involved.  Cheating death…could be interesting or rather funny in this case.

Simply a wonderful quick read that will keep you laughing or perhaps even thinking…I loved it!