Mrs Death Misses Death, a review

Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden is part poetry, part novel. We follow our protagonist named Wolf, who is seemingly possessed by Mrs Death and is writing down the story of her life. We also learn about monumental deaths that are in the British public eye, and personal deaths to Wolf and how they all have an impact.

I was quite excited for this one, considering the content, and so when Olivia-Savannah was unhauling the book and offered it to me, I of course said yes. I understand now why she unhauled the book, but I won’t be unhauling it yet myself. I’d like to give it another shot.

Unfortunately, the book didn’t seem quite finished. Like it could have done with another round of editing? It just felt a little messy, a little unpolished, when instead it could’ve been tight and well constructed.

Despite that, the book did have a lot of important messages within it, and some beautiful methods of delivery through gorgeous quotations and beautiful prose. There were a lot of discussions of high profile deaths in the UK and the impact they had on the public, as well as more personal, individual deaths. These discussions were tactful and respectful of the families who lost loved ones, whilst still broaching the topic of death.

On CAWPILE I rated this: Characters: 6, Atmosphere: 8, Writing: 5, Plot: 6, Intrigue: 6, Logic: 5, and Enjoyment: 6 which gave an average of 6 and a 3.5* rating.

Highlight here for trigger warnings: death, suicidal thoughts, death of a parent, grief, murder, child death, domestic and emotional abuse, sexual assault, fire, racism.

I do want to reread this book, to spend more time with it. I feel like I could get more out of it than I have on the first pass through. However, given recent events of a bereavement in my family I don’t think I’ll be rereading this any time soon.

2 thoughts on “Mrs Death Misses Death, a review”

  1. I totally understand what you are saying about needing to re-read stories to get more out of them. I have probably read To Kill a Mockingbird 4 times and still I feel like there is more I can learn from it.
    Also, I am so sorry for your loss 😦

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