Title- The End of the Day
Author- Claire North
Published- April 6th 2017
Genre- Contemporary, literary fiction
Length- 416 pages
Synopsis (Goodreads)- Charlie has a new job. He gets to travel, and he meets interesting people, some of whom are actually pleased to see him. It’s good to have a friendly face, you see. At the end. But the end of all things is coming. Charlie’s boss and his three associates are riding out, and it’s Charlie’s job to go before. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. He never knows which.
Review- I received an ARC of this from the publisher so thank you to them.
I have read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and really enjoyed it so was excited to read this. I have been hugely disappointed. Reading this was a waste of my life. It was a huge struggle to get through and I nearly DNF-ed it so many times. In fact I wrote an entire post about DNF-ing books, and it was inspired by this book.
The beginning of this book is very confusing. There are multiple parts where it seems like the author has started writing half way through a thought. It’s as though she doesn’t realise that we aren’t in her head and only have the information actually written down. Things just don’t make sense and it is incredibly annoying.
There are multiple parts throughout the book, often whole (short) chapters, that are nothing but random dialogue. Literally totally random sentences, spoken by random people. I guess it is meant to be people of the world talking but it adds nothing but confusion to the book.
At other times there is completely random inclusion of chat about the other Harbingers, Famine etc. This is often confusing as it really is totally random, and it adds nothing to the story.
There is very little actual story in this book. Charlie, the Harbinger of Death, visits some people that may or may not be dying. The accounts of these visits are all pretty boring. Some of them had potential but were dragged out so much that I lost interest.
You also find out very little about Charlie in the book, despite him being the main character. You just follow him around doing boring things that are usually totally pointless. No one being particularly surprised by his existence/job was also annoying. No this book clearly isn’t about what is realistic, but this just makes it ridiculous. It was a chance to add some realism, that would have been very welcome, but instead it’s just more nonsense.
This book tries to be “deep” and philosophical but it’s just not. I do not recommend it. It’s a shame because her first book was so good and the idea for this one was interesting, just badly executed.