Book Review – The Life of the World to Come – Dan Cluchey…

Leo Brice is dead, in a sense (not the traditional one). When the neurotic law student meets his cosmic match in Fiona Haeberle, an impulsive spirit and burgeoning soap star, all seems well—the two fall fast in love, and spend three years navigating their twenties in wide-eyed wonder. But once the fantastical woman who had defined his future bolts to pursue a fantasy life of her own, Leo is forced to come to terms with a reality that more closely resembles an epilogue than the story he’d hoped it might be. Now a junior death row advocate, Leo immerses himself in the esoteric world of his condemned client, a born-again Georgia inmate named Michael Tiegs. As both men become consumed by the question of an afterlife—and as Leo becomes increasingly confused by his own future and past—Tiegs’ fate hangs in the balance. Leaning on his friends and grappling with his memories, Leo must try to save a client who may not want to be saved after all, even as he struggles to confront the prospect of his own mortality.I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book was very heavy going in the beginning. I thoroughly disliked Fiona’s character and Leo was wooden and not likeable either.
The book does deal with an issue that I feel very strongly about, which is the death penalty. The organisation which Leo works for, fights for people on death row. A worthy organisation in fact or fiction.
As Leo and his colleague work their way through that first case, they start to form a relationship which crumbles after a while.
The book clearly becomes a discussion and a deep one of the morality of the death sentence. At first I found this as wooden and boring as the characters at the beginning.
This is just not for me.
A two out of five star read 
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book.

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