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The Grief Nurse by Angie Spoto

georginadaw's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

lilaudio's review against another edition

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dark mysterious reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

faesissa's review

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sad slow-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No

2.0

Was not a fan unfortunately. I did not connect with any of the characters. I understood their motivations (most of the time) but I think, for me, the main character is too naïve or something.

niki_swack's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I was a bit disappointed by this book. The premise and the world building were there, but the the book tended to be confusing when the story would jump between present day and memory without clear distinction. Additionally, the story itself felt rushed and the ending left more questions than answers. I'm not sure if this was planned to be a duology, trilogy, or series, but if not, I'd be even more dissatisfied with the ending than I already am. I think a bit more time in development would have helped this book,

A major highlight of the book is the author's ability to right about the different stages and ways people go through grief. Grief fits everyone so differently, and this book does such a wonderful job of showing it.

snuzzbobble's review

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dark reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

lesbianvulpix's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

m21phillips's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

stellarreads's review

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

jo_kingston's review against another edition

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challenging emotional hopeful inspiring slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

This had an interesting premise, a world (which was frustratingly difficult to place, it’s written like a period drama but the names are unusual and there’s gay marriage, so written about an affluent family in some sort of alternative future?) where the rich have grief nurses so that they don’t have to experience grief or other negative emotions such as dread. The grief nurses can take their employers grief. The affluent family, the Asters, live on an island and the book opens with them hoisting a party after the death of one of their sons, then other people start dying. It had an incredibly slow start but was rather beautifully poignant by the end.

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books_brownies_etc's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 ⭐️

A beautifully told and hauntingly lyrical tale - the story of Lynx, a grief nurse, and the family she works for as they grieve the death of their eldest son, Sculptor Aster. Magical realism is not a genre I’ve read much of and I did find that I had to remind myself that it didn’t need to make sense or feel like a world that is fair, a few times at the start of the book but once I’d really let it take me I had a great time - if anything I wish it was a little longer, I can definitely see there being room for a sequel!

The theme is dark, enchanting and mysterious - the scene setting is stunning, the aesthetic of this book really did make it. Think of a large opulent house - filled with secret passageways for whispered conversations, sumptuous rooms fit for hosting the grandest of balls and the most debauched after parties - a house that is surrounded by dramatic moody seas and home to a family of beautiful but emotionally tortured people.

The Grief Nurse takes a very intimate look at our emotions - those of grief, despair, sorrow but not so much joy - and the way we are governed by them. Our characters are embroiled in many complicated relationships - familial and romantic - with lots of lust, love, power battles and a healthy dose of hatred too. I enjoyed the LGBTQ rep in this book and liked the way it shone an empathetic light on the unfair treatment of people that don’t conform to societal norms.