Title: What The Flower Says Of Death
Author: Danielle Koste
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal
Release Date: September 25, 2018
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 oceanside 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.
Mental health, family drama and suicide were the strong themes in this book. Violet survived after a failed suicide attempt but still wants to try again and do it right this time. She created a bucket list and once everything’s ticked off, she’ll make another attempt to end her life.
While she’s recovering at her grandmother’s house, she met a mysterious boy named Jack. They slowly became friends and later became lovers. She feels that there was something different about Jack and she does her best to find out what he’s trying to hide. She eventually finds out everything about him and it made her confused but she couldn’t let go of her feelings for Jack. In fact, he’s the only reason why she feels more alive.
The cause of her suicide attempt was well explained in this book (it all started because of her mother’s negligence) and you could really feel for Violet. One thing that I really liked about this book is the pacing of how the family issues between the three generations of women (Violet, her mother and grandmother) were resolved and it gave you a glimpse of how the family feud actually started.
This book was beautifully written. I loved how Danielle Koste did an almost poetic style in writing this book. There was even a line in the first few chapters that reminded me of the song One More Light by Linkin Park and that resonated with me. She took such heavy themes and made it easy to connect and relate with the characters. The ending was bittersweet and I just wish that there’s a sequel for this book! This was truly a painfully beautiful read!
Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“You wouldn’t notice if a handful disappeared, or if hundreds or thousands disappeared, but suddenly the constellations are no longer complete, and there are blank spaces, and the masterpiece slowly becomes as dull as a light polluted city sky. Every single star is significant, because it’s each one that helps make the sky so overwhelmingly grand.”
“If I can’t change your mind, I’d at least like to know your last days, however many you have left, are all as beautiful as they deserve to be.”
“I was prepared for pain; I was always prepared for pain. It was happiness I never expected, and it was happiness that hurt the most sometimes.”
Soundtrack: Please Stay by Francois Klark
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About the Author:
Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden. While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she’s always had a passion for.
When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoy other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle. Movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.