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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Dette Chambers' Death Journal by L.M. du Preez is a paranormal fiction novel focusing around the main character and her attempt to reclaim humanity after living so long with a monstrous curse. Dette has a death wish unlike any other. For so long she has watched, distancing herself from those who look like her, those who were once what she was. They could never understand now. Death calls to her, and she answers. She has never shied away from it, why would she? She cannot die and her only remaining pleasure is tempting those close into its sweet embrace. She whispers to them, their life in her hands. Never before has she wanted anyone to live. Not until she met Zach, a man who awakens things in her long thought lost. Against her desire, against her pleasure, he is spared. His presence in her life is rekindling things she thought lost, and for the first time she is honest about who and what she is. A journey of self-discovery and rediscovery shows that, for the first time since her death, she begins to understand more about her curse and seeks answers. But the things she discovers are both shocking and terrifying.
Dette Chambers' Death Journal is certainly a unique novel. I have never read anything quite like it. The sole focus is on the main character, her history provided by entries in her journal, and conversations with Zach. There is clear growth in the characters, both of whom are seeking to change in order to better themselves, a development that is pleasant to witness. Written in the first person narrative, this well-crafted story will keep you turning the pages with a sense of urgency to learn more about what truly happened on the day of Dette’s death. L.M. du Preez has successfully captured a dark and horrific tale, and shows her talent in creating intense, emotionally charged scenes, well-scripted dialogue, and a perfect ending.