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Our Frail Disordered Lives by Mary M. Schmidt

Paperback, 202 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.45

Published May 16th 2018 by Lulu

ISBN 1483485102 (ISBN13: 9781483485102)

My rating: 5

So let me start off by saying that I was a bit sceptical to read and review this book as it is not in my preferred genre, but I decided to give it a try. And I am so glad that I did! I really loved this book. The story is well written and has characters that you love and characters that you love to hate. Almost every chapter left me wanting more. It was a relatively short book which I appreciate, often books are long winded but Mary M. Schmidt got this one just right. Our frail disordered lives is a horror comedy with plenty of scandal.

The story follows a lower level demon named Roach and the Kavanaugh family. Roach has a grudge against Satan and sets out to prove himself while Larry Kavanaugh is just a selfish bastard. Larry does not do anything that does not benefit Larry even at the expense of his wife and children. This story unfolds into a funny and shocking tale.

I really enjoyed the atypical portrayal of Satan (dirty & nasty instead of pristine & beautiful) more of a mob boss than an ex-angel. The character growth throughout the novel is great and honestly the end of the novel had me tearing up a little. This book is a really good representation of what can happen when you mess around with the devil. Another thing I loved about this book was the cats, such an awesome an unusual addition to the story (cats rock).

Overall I loved the story and would recommend the book no matter your genre preferences. It’s just a really fun unputdownable read!

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

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Synopsis:

Larry Kavanaugh is an ordinary kind of guy. He’s got a nagging wife and two kids, both annoyingly gifted. No matter what he does, there is no end to what his family needs. What’s a regular, everyday guy to do? Well, he cuts a few corners, obviously – one very big corner. He sells his soul to the Devil.
Maybe it’s not the actual Devil, but Larry is ready to make a deal with one of the Devil’s minions. He meets some demon whose name he can’t remember. Funny, it was right on the tip of his tongue, a name of something you step on. Roach the Demon has sort of good intentions. He just wants a re-write of Dante’s Inferno with himself as the star.
Roach goes after Larry as a rogue operation. He needs to make a point to his boss, Satan, so he uses the body of a human to follow Larry around and stir up trouble. He offers Larry an airtight guarantee that nothing could possibly go wrong. After all, Larry does not feel like he has much to lose – or does he? Even Roach might be in over his head this time.

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