Book Review: Dire's Club

 

 
DIRE'S CLUB
by Kimberly Packard

Publisher: Abalos Publishing
Publication Date: March 23, 2021
Pages: 326 Pages
Categories: Action & Adventure / Contemporary / Women's Fiction

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Dying isn't just hard on the ones left behind, the regret of unfinished lives weighs heavily on the terminally ill. That's where Dire's Club steps in, a specialty travel agency that takes a small group of dying people on one final adventure-so they can be free of guilt, be more than a diagnosis, and find a way to confront life...and death.


Life Coach Charlotte Claybrooke built a successful second career guiding people out of grief, but the impending tenth anniversary of her own heart-wrenching tragedy sets her on a journey to find life among the dying.


Staring death in the face was Jimmy Dire's business. He met it with a warm hug, a kind word, and a smile. Dire's Club gave the terminally ill one final, bucket-list adventure before passing on, but dying was expensive. The bills, like Jimmy's lies, were piling up. It's only a matter of time before he's forced to face a different type of death.


A rock god, a telenovela star, a grandmother living her life-long dream, and a young tech genius round out this group of strangers facing death together. But when tragedy strikes, their bond is shattered. Lies and fraud surface, forcing the dying to come together to save someone's life.

Everybody dies. The lucky ones have fun doing it.

 

Death is something I don't really like talking about (maybe in my writing but not personally). Not about my own death or the ones close to me. Yet, I know it's inevitable either way. The book I'll review today is all about death. The highs, the lows, the happy and the sad. Even though I'm wary about death and all it's beauty, this was a read I won't forget.

 

I feel like the author does a great job talking about death overall. The use of death can be a hard subject to conquer and can be hard to think about for some of us. Our author writes in a way where we see the ups and downs of death, the joy and sorrow and everything in between. We see this theme through our diverse group of characters.


All of our characters are all experiencing death in their own way. We have one character, who is older, going through Alzheimer's. Then, we have a different character who is 23 and he is dealing with his life threatening tumor. The rest of the Dire's Club are all dealing with their own sickness, at different times, in different ages and we get a glimpse of a roundabout view. Then there's the people trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one.


A loved one's death is never easy and our author talks about this other side of the coin. We see two different perspectives on this, one from our main character and one from our side characters. Our main character is grieving the loss of a loved one, while the other is watching her mother pass away slowly in a nursing home. Both scenarios hurt, and the author is great at portraying this pain that we feel when we're losing people.


We also get to see how some of the Dire's family and friends have reacted to their inevitable death. It's always crazy to see, and read, how different people take death. They may be happy, they may be sad, and they may only care about where your funds are going after you're dead and gone.


Overall, this book covers all the bases of dying. I feel like the author does a great job talking about it and portrays it all in a beautiful and entertaining read. I highly recommend adding this to your shelves and to live a full and happy life the way you want to. 

 

Until next time, Happy Reading! 


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  1. I am with you that thinking about, talking about, exploring death is an uncomfortable thing I mostly avoid. But this book sounds like a great way to expand my thinking. Thanks for the post!

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