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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
“I’ll never forget the day Dan told me he wanted to be frozen when he died …” And thus begins Carrie Colwell’s nightmarish existence as Dan’s widow. It’s bad enough that her soul mate departs from the earthly world in the prime of his life, but Carrie and her daughter are left with the constant question of his immortality. With a firm belief in the miracles of modern science to keep him in a suspended state until research provided a second chance at life, Dan’s whimsy leaves his family in a suspension of their own. Do they move on or should they exist in perpetual mourning? Cryogenics is the fodder for much ridicule for daughter Eleanor and uneasy speculation for Carrie. Should she agree to follow his lead and donate her own body to this “unnatural” science?
The Husband Who Refused to Die by Andrea Darby is a true testament to the debate of life after death. The underlying humor associated with this unusual story line is combined with a British attitude that will keep the reader turning pages in anticipation of what Andrea Darby will say next. Although her tongue-in-cheek attitude is wildly entertaining, there are serious implications to the author’s purpose. This fresh take on modern fiction sets a definitive precedence for writers to challenge the cognitive muscles of readers. I believe that The Husband Who Refused to Die is truly a one-of-a–kind read. With a theme of precarious believability, Darby has provided legitimate characters. I really enjoyed this story and anticipate reading more from this author in the future.