Review – The End of The Day by Claire North

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A forboding figure stands under an umbrella.

Sooner or later, death visits everyone. Before that, they meet Charlie. Charlie meets everyone – but only once. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to be the most important meeting of your life.

This reads almost like poetry. I absolutely adored Claire North’s debut novel “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” so I was keen to get cracking on this one.

A superb and surreal tale of the Harbinger of Death who, naturally, works out of Milton Keynes. Death, in this novel, is less ponderous than Terry Pratchett’s Death – but no less caring. We get to see the world through their eyes while, hopefully, beginning to understand what motivates us in the face of oblivion.

Grim and compelling. I found the ending shocking in its brutality. Hauntingly beautiful and moving.

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