BOOK REVIEW: A language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough

28119468Number of pages: 88

When I’m looking for books to read next, I sometimes find book that my favorite writers recommend. This book was praised by Neil Gaiman so I really wanted to read it.



This is a really short story about a woman who sits on her father’s deathbed and tells a story about her unusual family.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is that this book is beautifully written. The narrator is a woman who’s gone trough so much in her life and also has a strong ability to feel and explain the way she sees the world. Her life is a story of abuse, first in her family, than in her marriage. Everything that’s been said about her, her brother and sister, even her parents is told to her dying father who’s only left a week to live, at best. So it’s supposed to remain a secret. Her father is dying of natural causes but there is something evil lurking behind that process. You can’t explain it but you feel it.

The author does a great job of telling the story about love, loss, abuse and death, all with a strong hint of something unnatural in the shadows. At first it seems like a realistic story about a family but there’s also something close only to the world of fantasy, something hinted, never explained.

*I received this book on NetGalley and gave it my honest review. Thanks for sharing!


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