Hey lovely readers! Today’s post is a book review of What the Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste. She was kind enough to provide me an e-ARC for review. Check out her website here.
“Violet Holt has already met Death once.
After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate ocean side estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday.
No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.
Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable.
Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.”
Before I start my review of this amazing book I want to make something clear. This book features a main character who has attempted suicide and is planning to do so throughout the book. Now lets get started.
I’ve never been afraid to read books about the tough subjects. I love crime fiction, stories about serial killers, and I love Ellen Hopkins whose books contain everything from sexual abuse to drug use. I truly believe that these tough books need to be written and read. Because so many of us have experienced pain and heartache and it helps to know that we are not alone in the hardships we’ve faced. This is one of those books.
This is a story about a girl who learns how to live again after feeling like she has nothing to live for. It’s not about the boy or the romance. It’s about her figuring out who she is and where her place is in this world. This book will break your heart and yet when i ends it felt as if everything was going to turn out alright. Violet starts out so lonely and lost. But with Jack’s help she finds that life can be better when she learns to love herself and those around her. This isn’t an easy book. In fact it’s one of the most difficult books I’ve ever read. Because in the simplest terms, it’s honest and raw and real. You feel how Violet felt and it will destroy you. And as someone who in the past had considered taking my own life it forced me to face some very painful memories.
But I absolutely loved this book and I’m proud of Danielle for having the courage to write it. It’s a beautifully written work of art and it deserves only the highest of praise. This book was almost cathartic to read, it forces you to see the ugliness that exists in the world. But it also lets you know that you can always find the beauty again. ❤ A touching and hauntingly beautiful story about a girl coming alive again.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads