Harmony Book Reviews

The Funeral Director’s Son by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

Posted on: November 30, 2008

The Funeral Director's Son

Title: The Funeral Director’s Son

Author: Coleen Murtagh Paratore

Rating: 7/10

Summary: (Taken from Amazon)

This family business is for life…

In the small town of Clover, when you die, you are put to rest by Campbell and Sons Funeral Home. Unfortunately twelve-year-old Kip Campbell happens to be the only “son” in that title. And that’s a problem for him since the funeral home business is the last thing he wants to inherit, even if he has a “gift” for it. See, it just so happens that Kip can talk to the dead. Well, they talk to him, really. They tell him what they need in order to move on to the great beyond. Kip wants to move too. Straight out of Clover. He’s about to give notice — he’s done helping the dead — when he’s offered a surprising deal: Find out the secret that is holding back old Billy Blye, and Kip will receive his weight in gold. That would be enough to take him far away from Clover, and Campbell and Sons Funeral Home.
My Thoughts: I absolutely adored The Wedding Planner’s Daughter and the following sequels so I was excited to hear about the release of her new series.

But, unlike the previous series, The Funeral Director’s Son did have me smiling and laughing constantly and the character’s did not feel all that relateable. However, that could also be blamed partly on the fact that the MC of this one is male and I am not.

The plot itself was quite entertaining, as predictable as it was. The characters, with the exception of Kip, weren’t too highly developed but for a barely 100 page novel, what can you expect?

The thing is, though, that I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the most original story, the writing wasn’t the best, and there definitely could have been more depth to it all but I wasn’t expecting any of that. For all that it is, The Funeral Director’s Son works for it’s intended age group.

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