How Not to Die Alone (Book Review)

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

No, it’s not a bullet list of instructions to follow or “How-to” book! A cute and quirky story about a man named Andrew with a dismal job – working with the dead! Representing the city, the main character investigates homes of people who died alone to find family members to contact. Many people grow old and end up dying alone – cut off from family or friends that are unaware of their passing.

After being trapped in a huge lie for years at work, Andrew realizes how lonely and confined his life has become over the years. What if he ends up dying alone like the cases he works on?

Andrew learns to take risks getting to know the new co-worker he is surprisingly enjoying time with; yet will he decide to change his situation by making new friends with honest admissions about his life?

The book subtly points out how people sometimes tell white lies to fit in or feel accepted – and this story takes it to an extreme snowballing into a complex/delusional lie for him.

I appreciate the very unique and dark job the character has- different than the basic boring character development many dramatic novels seem to have now. He’s also funky and strange in his set ways – but he would have to be in such a strange job right?

You’ll be laughing at scenes but probably also identifying with some odd mannerisms of trying to fit in and appreciate other people in this relaxing tale.


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