PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
DATE PUBLISHED: 20th March 2012
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.
But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.
She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice — or is it vengeance? — whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.
Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?
I had never heard of this book before I came across the audiobook. I am very happy I gave this book a go because it was amazing. The new mythology of Grim Reapers and making them a working business organisation was a brilliant idea and executed in a way that made serious subject material like death funny at times and serious when necessary. The pure sarcasm in the dialogue was an utter treat and made the characters more realistic. There was some romance in the general story but this did not subtract from the overall storyline of Lex being introduced to this new world that she is now a part of. The puns introduced in the different stores in Croak were refreshing. The plot twist at the ending was one I was not expecting and I need to continue this series. If you like Supernatural or City of Bones I recommend you give Croak a go.
Keep Calm and Read On,