Book Review – The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough

This review deviates from my usual go-to diet of thrillers, but yet their broad topics of relevance (death, dying, passing away) overlaps somewhat.

Admittedly, I chose to read this mostly in part due to the author (I was rather impressed by Behind Her Eyes). Whilst I wasn’t expecting an expertly executed thriller that would blow my mind, I was nevertheless looking forward to a healthy dose of well-written prose.

This book explores the process of death in a very real, close-to-heart, un-cheesy and yet not too morbid way though the eyes of a daughter looking after her father in his last few days. In between the process, we get to see flashbacks of her life – her relationship with her siblings, with her spouse (spoiler follows: ex-husband. Not REALLY a spoiler, but still… ), and her experiences with her father in her childhood. The relationship with her siblings is a multi-dimensional one; they are all different.

What I like about this book is the real and natural way death is presented. It is not patronizing, it is not spiritual, neither is it overtly sad. Just gives you a fresh perspective, doesn’t it? For those who have lost a loved one, or is about to, I recommend it as a good read, which may yet give you a fresh take on things. Peace.

Rating: 4/5

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