Review – Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann

dying is my businessPrior to writing this review, I looking through my notes and status updates while reading. Pretty early on I made the note: “Needs to get moving.” Boy, did Nicholas Kaufmann do just that!

Dying is My Business starts out almost as a basic thriller with Trent being the muscle for his boss, Underwood. He’s bringing in someone who has information that Underwood needs. Pretty quickly we learn that Trent isn’t like other thugs. For one thing, he can’t be killed. If he is shot, stabbed or drowned, his body will come back by sucking out the life force of the person nearest him. Trent also seems to have a conscience. He works for Underwood simply because he doesn’t really know anyone else and he believes Underwood can help him find out about himself. Trent has no memory beyond a year ago and is desperate for answers.

When Trent is sent on the assignment to steal the antique box, everything changes. He meets a group of people that slowly become his friends. And, his eyes are opened to the supernatural elements in the world around him – witches, vampires, shapeshifters/wolves, gargoyles and more.

I really, really liked this story. The author did a good job of humanizing Trent and making us pull for him. I loved that we didn’t get all the answers but we learned a lot about this world and the creatures who inhabit it. For the most part, the good guys aren’t all good and the bad guys aren’t all bad. These shades of gray make the characters more interesting and believable. The budding friendship between Trent and the other members of the group was an important part of his growth and affected his decisions. The author did a nice job depicting the struggle between making the best decision for yourself and the best decision for someone else. And, I appreciated that there were feelings between Trent and Bethany but neither of them pushed it (which is how it should really happen when people are caught up in a life or death situation.)

4.5/5 stars and a must read!

Thank you to the publisher for providing an E-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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