Book Review: The Grim Assistant by Jodi Hutchins

Crossing over.

Sam is a surfing mail carrier who has a crush on a customer on her route, Lauren. Lauren is a school teacher who is having some issues with her live-in girlfriend, Bethany. When Sam encounters rough waters while surfing alone one morning, her future is suddenly cast in doubt. 

Sure, you can say that this is reminiscent of shows like ‘Dead Like Me’ and ‘The Ghost Whisperer.’ But ultimately, I think this story stands on its own. With a unique paranormal world and very interesting characters. 

This was written very well. I felt as if I was watching a movie as each scene quickly played on. I know this will sound silly, but this may be the best paced book I’ve ever read. It doesn’t drag on day by day like most books I read do. This carefully fast forwarded days or weeks while only summarizing what happened in between. And it was perfect.

I already mentioned interesting characters but I think it needs to be addressed more thoroughly. I felt super connected to the main characters because of the side characters involved. Sam’s sister and nephew. Margo, the reaper. Lauren’s bestie, Jackie. They were all well fleshed out and SO unique (with the exception of Sam’s bestie, Josh – Hey! Nothing can be absolutely perfect). 

There is a romance here between Sam an Lauren. It was cute and sweet. There were a couple of explicit sex scenes that I could have done without. I don’t think it was needed in this story. But I know I am not the norm when it comes to this. Regardless, they were done well.

I feel like there is so much more of this world that I want to know about. Like we were just scratching the surface with this one. I’ll definitely read future books if this becomes a series.

I highly recommend this one. Romance, Infidelity, Death, Family, Afterlife, Grim Reapers, Vampires, Fae, and gruff chain smoker.

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