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The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
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Jul 25, 2012

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Read as ARC from Razorbill.

Great contemporary book. Well-paced and the mystery of Aaron's past is woven well with him working in a funeral home. I read this straight through, because it's well-written and it's the book that you keep reading because you want to know. I liked the characters, and I liked the different family dynamics.

And the funeral home operations aspect of this book is fascinating. The way that through working with the dead these characters are better able to participate in life was fantastic. There is a good balance of levity and respect for the topic.

While I appreciated that it was given to us with the Australian slang, because as first person narration the character would use those words with the assumption we understand them. Occasionally I didn't know the slang, but I could guess within the context of the sentence what the word meant.

It's a good book, and if you liked Lisa McMann's Dead to You and The Perks of Being a Wallflower then you will also like The Dead I Know.

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