Drama, Fantasy

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James

When I venture into fare unusual for me, I end up with some good surprises and sometimes not. This book was a miss for me. The only reason I finished the book was that the writing was nice, and the imagery created by it was very vivid. The characters, for the most part, were likeable.
Harriet, the titular protagonist, was not likeable. She was so fixated on getting out that it overtook all her senses and kept driving her to extremely dangerous behaviour. Her thoughts revolved solely around herself with only twinges of guilt. The twists were unexpected (except for the second-last one, which I saw coming). The end seems rushed, and the diversity seems very casually thrown in. The latter part worked in some places and felt gratuitous in others.
The story is of Harriet who dies after a fall, and the chapters are alternatively narrated by an unknown narrator who does not reveal their true self until the very end. That part was well done, in my opinion. It is aimed at a younger audience than me, which might be one of the reasons it did not work but mostly given the writing quality, I expected to like the entire story better.
I would pick up another book by this author given a chance.

Rating: 2 out of 5.


I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers. The review, however, is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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