Rating: 2 out of 5.

I could not get into this contemporary fiction book about an anxious young woman obsessed with death.

Gilda is anxious, can’t keep a job and is obsessed with death. She thinks about it all the time. When she responds to an ad for free therapy at a Catholic church, she finds herself accidentally hired as the new church receptionist, despite the fact that she’s secretly an atheist, replacing the previous receptionist who died under mysterious circumstances. At work Gilda starts getting emails from the deceased receptionist’s friend and too afraid to let her know her friend is dead, Gilda starts responding. The premise sounds good, but I just couldn’t get into the book.

I found reading about Gilda’s constant running inner dialogue tedious to read and none of her “stories” or thoughts seemed to have a point or relate to each other. I couldn’t make it through the book and stopped about half way through. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it had I stuck it out, but if I can’t get into a book half-way through, I have to give up. There are way too many books to read to waste the time.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Atria Books. All opinions are my own.