Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Death and I is the sequel to Saving Honor written by Melissa C Water. After becoming a supernatural celebrity in her town, Honor returns home from a secret driving lesson with Caden to pick up her brother Matt for a late movie. When Matt doesn’t come outside, Honor goes into the house and discovers the dead bodies of both her brother and mom. Emergency services arrive, confirming that Honor’s entire family is dead after finding her father’s body upstairs. Covered in their blood, Honor makes the rash decision to reverse time to one hour earlier. With knowledge of her family’s impending death, Honor cuts the driving lesson short and runs into her house, demanding that her family pack the essentials as they are leaving immediately. Without protest, Honor’s family complies and is soon safe. The next day, Caden reveals to Honor that he’d had a nightmare of the original events, where he’d seen two men running from her house after they’d arrived home from the driving lesson, but he woke before the part where Honor had discovered her family’s dead bodies. With Caden’s help, a sketch artist recreates the faces of the two men. Now Honor is in a race against time to discover the identities of the two men before they are successful in tracking down and killing her family ... again.
Melissa C Water has an amazing talent of telling an unbelievable tale in a way that makes you believe it. In the opening chapters of the book, I fully empathized with Honor, crying as she discovered her family’s bloodied, lifeless bodies. From the very first page, adrenaline took over and frustration kicked in as Honor distanced herself more and more from her family and the boy she loves. In some parts, Death and I mimicked real life, with bullies from her school telling the media how much they love Honor and how close they are once she became a celebrity. Death and I deals with a teenage girl’s ability to throw Death a curve-ball in the desperate attempt to keep her family safe and bring the killers to justice. I recommend this book to teens and adults who enjoy a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping, action-packed supernatural thriller.