The first time Lizzie dies is a learning experience. Then again, anyone new to an ancient Egyptian reincarnation cult would have no idea what to expect once they’ve made it past the Hall of Judgment.
Now that she’s been sent back to find out why her husband from her past life is missing, the last thing Lizzie expects is to wake up in the wrong body, stuck with the mess its previous tenant left behind. In fact, she’s in agreement that whoever ran Ashton Kennedy over with a big shiny SUV did the world a massive favor.
Some secrets, as she soon discovers, are better left buried, especially in a world where enemies are eternal, and death does not offer a final solution.
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- Joni J Mielke
Intriguing story, deep characters, good narration
Saying that this is a book about the concept of reincarnation from the perspective of Egyptian history and mythology is both an accurate and rather inadequate; this story is about so much more. Without wishing to give away any spoilers, it's safe to say that the concept of a spirit's transition from one human host to another is not a simple or effortless exercise. Nerine Dorman illustrates this point with aplomb through her deliciously complex main character. Rough around the edges, with the perfectly fitting vocals provided by narrator Kevin E Green, Ashton is also sensitive and shows depths of character in (almost) every conscious thought, action and word. The setting of the novel - Cape Town - is likewise beautifully transcribed with attention to detail and nuance that brings the city, and its people, alive to strangers and passers by alike. This is a story of struggle, redemption, renewal, grief and love. It's all there alongside action which holds the reader in its grips. My only bugbear is a slight one, which don't affect the enjoyment of non-South African listeners. At times, the narrator accidentally mispronounces South African words and the accent/dialect of one minor character did not seem to fit well, considering her racial and cultural background. However, for a non-South African narrator (I'm guessing) and English speaker, Kevin did a commendable job with some challenging material, and I commend him for that. At the end of the day, this is a great audiobook, near perfect, and I'm very glad I listened to it.