Beverly Bonnefinche Is Dead, a review by Shelley

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Kristen Seeley

Rising Action Publishing Co.
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
350 Pages
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Don’t let the cartoony cover fool you, this book is dark and I loved it so much! It’s a terribly sad story that focuses on the issue of mental health. It is told in a very realistic and sensitive manner and with a light touch of humour. There are many other heavy topics through these pages and reading the author’s trigger warnings before forging ahead is a good idea. There is suicide, loss of a child and mental illness throughout.

Beverly isn’t your typical quirky female character but she does learn what having friends can do to your psyche. Beverly has a job, makes some friends, gets married and even becomes pregnant, but when all the walls come tumbling down in Beverly’s life she is faced with the truth and has to decide what to do about it. I felt so bad for Henry tried, he really did but it was all for naught. As sad as this book was I was compelled to keep reading. Even though she is not very likeable I kept hoping for the best for Beverly and cheered her on while reading the book.

I liked how the book showed how mental illness affects those around the sufferer and I enjoyed being on Beverly’s journey to better health. Beautifully told and poignant in all aspects Kristen Seeley will draw you in and won’t let you go until the last page is turned. All. The. Stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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