The Late, Lamented Molly Marx – Sally Koslow

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The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a light, but enjoyable chick lit novel, with a difference. The difference is that Molly is dead, and the book begins with her observing her own funeral.

Molly finds herself being able to watch her loved ones as they go about their lives without her and is also able to tune into their thoughts. We quickly realise that Molly’s life wasn’t straight forward and we are left trying to work out the cause of her death, which isn’t revealed until the end.

The book was too fluffy to be profound or thought provoking, so should be viewed as entertainment rather than giving any insight into the after-life or how to cope with the loss of a loved one.

I found the characters to be quite shallow and I didn’t like any of them, but strangely this didn’t really matter. I was pulled along by the mystery and found the ending to be both unpredictable and satisfying.

Overall, I found this to be a nice distraction from some of the deeper books I’ve been reading recently, but I don’t think I’ll remember much about it in a year’s time.

Recommended to chick lit fans who are looking for something slightly different.


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  1. Sandy says:

    You need something like this now and again! I like the perspective…I recently just finished a Connie May Fowler book (review upcoming) that was sort of similar. The protagonist dies, and is able to watch clips from her life so that she gets the bigger picture. She sees how her friends are handling her death. She describes what it is like to be a spirit. It is not a fluffy read, though, it is a tad deeper and leaves you feeling elated at the end. Sorry…didn’t mean to go into the review here and now. I know The Lovely Bones gave the perspective of the dead person too. It really allows for some creative observations!

    1. Jackie says:

      I have seen some people compare this book to the Lovely Bones too, but I don’t think they are similar at all. The Lovely Bones is quite dark and moving in places. This book is much lighter and doesn’t have any real depressing moments. I look forward to reading about another Connie May Fowler book – you are doing your best to spread the word!

  2. Beth F says:

    I’m not a big chick lit fan, but this one seems like a fun summer read.

    1. Jackie says:

      I’m not a big fan of chick lit either – I think fans of chick lit will love this one though. It would make the perfect beach read if you like this sort of thing.

    1. Jackie says:

      Yes – I’ve just seen it. Congratulations! It has made my day!

  3. Jackie, I just brought this one home from the library. I enjoyed your review; thanks

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