The story of an odd young woman who believes she is Death trapped in human form. After trying to shed her vexing human body in a botched suicide, the girl unexpectedly finds herself forced to navigate the complexities of life from a new, and rather inconvenient, locale -- Lock-down detention in a mental ward. As she struggles to relate to the strange residents of the psych hospital, the girl who thinks she is Death slowly warms to the joys the world has to offer as she learns to appreciate the little things that make life worth living. Whether she is just a crazy girl, or truly is the Grim Reaper, her new friends find it a welcome change of heart
A dark romantic supernatural comedy, more or less.
Baron makes the personified Death an appealing hero, but this disjointed tale of Death’s escapades in the mortal realm lacks focus. When Death becomes distracted while taking a soul, she finds herself mortal and homeless. After attempts to return to her realm via suicide leave her hospitalized, she is identified as Dorothy Maitland, an escaped mental patient, and locked up in an institution with a sadistic director. Dorothy and a fellow inmate slip out for overnight jaunts, on which she continues her quest and falls in love with a grieving gallery curator. By the time Dorothy’s journey has ended, Baron (Daisy’s Run) has thrown a variety of cultural references at the reader, including the Three Fates, the Four Horsemen, the Wizard of Oz, and guardian angels, none of which contribute successfully to the overall effect. Some lovely prose and ultimately charming protagonists do not make up for the lack of thematic consistency, cartoonish characters at the mental institution, and lingering questions around the core worldbuilding. The result is an intriguing idea that is unfortunately let down by the execution. (BookLife)