REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead by Patricia Eimer
Faith Bettincourt is a demon, and also a nurse, who works hard to save lives as often as possible, sometimes even intervening against the Angel of Death, Archangel Michael, himself. Michael is not pleased that a low-level demon can beat him in the soul game. He is power hungry, and yearns for a way to become the top Angel of Death, with all the power it entails. He’s been denied the job over and over again, because he’s been deemed unsuitable for the job.
Faith was recruited to take her crazy mother shopping. About five minutes prior to leaving, she and her boyfriend reconciled. They didn’t even have time to seal their reconciliation with a kiss because she had to hurry. She took her brother’s armored car for added protection and rushed away to take her mother to meet her personal shopper. In a moment of personal distraction, Faith hit someone. When she and her body guard got out of the car to help the person, they discovered Faith had managed to hit the head Angel of Death who took the opportunity to pass his powers to Faith. From that moment forward, any living thing she touched died.
How was she supposed to be the Lamaze coach for her sister-in-law? How could she have a relationship with Matt and never touch him again? They were immortal. That was a long, long time to go without touching each other. She really liked touching Matt. Also, she was a nurse; destined to SAVE lives, not take them. How could she possibly align herself with this new job of hers? Question upon question flew threw Faith’s mind. Of course, this was only the beginning of her problems. Archangel Michael discovered that she had managed to snag the job he’d wanted for thousands of years. He was not amused. Let the fun begin.
Patricia Eimer has written an amusing and fast-paced novel filled with twists and turns, and intriguing problems. The book keeps the reader engaged from its beginning until the very end. The characters are interesting, though the reader gets the impression this is not the first book, but perhaps the second in a series, so some character details may be lacking. In spite of this, it is a great book. The interactions between Jesus, his father, and the demons are hysterical. The characters themselves are interesting, the reader wants to keep reading in hopes of learning more about the characters.
Eimer has done a great job of creating interesting dialogue; this is something often lacking in novels. She has the ability to craft such great conversations the reader can envision the characters exactly as described. This is a rare and wonderful art form.
I rate this book four glittering stars.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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About the Book
Title: BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
Author: Patricia Eimer
EBook: 368 pages
Release Date: February 24, 2014
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Not Even Death Keeps a Good Demoness Down
There’s never an end to the crazy when you’re demon spawn. Not that Faith Bettincourt’s complaining. She’s been patching things up with her angelic on-again off-again boyfriend, Matt, and her best-friend-turned-sister-in-law is soon giving birth to the Anti-Christ Part Deux. Oh, and Faith is saving kids from Death in her pediatric unit one soul at a time. Life is good.
Until Faith accidentally runs over the Angel of Death and is forced to take his place. Now she’s taking lives instead of saving them. Which is kind of a problem when you’re a nurse. As if that weren’t bad enough, she is suddenly thrust into the worst scenario of them all—Matt’s ex Brenda is back, and she’s brought the Apocalypse with her.
Faith’s not about to give up the world…or her man. But when the chips are down, what’s a demoness supposed to do? Besides take matters into her own hands, of course.
Patricia Eimer is a small-town girl fated to be a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically,” she earned degrees in Business and Economics, but her passion has always been a good book. She lives in Pittsburgh with her two kids and a husband who learned the art of frozen pizza to give her more time to write. When she’s not writing she can be found fencing or arguing with her dogs about plot points. Most days the beagle wins, but the dalmatian is a close second. She’s a distant third.
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