Review: On The Day I Died

Friday, 21 September 2012
Author: Candace Fleming
Edition: Corgi Books Paperback (early copy)
Release: 27 September 2012
Series: No, standalone
Pages: 191

You over there -
come a little closer.
Closer still; 

there's no need to be shy.

We have tales of terrors beyond your wildest nightmares; stories of monsters, madness, the dark and the dangerous. The dead have voices, and we need to be heard.

Settle down, sit tight.
We're going to be here all night.


Before I start my proper review, I need to point out a little something about this book. On The Day I Died is a collection of short stories within one story. Now, I know that barely makes any sense so I'll try to make what I'm saying a tad clearer. The book starts off with Mike, a teenage boy rushing home late one night as it's past his curfew. After a series of 'events' leads him to a graveyard, he meets a group of ghosts who, one at a time, go on to narrate the story (in first person) behind each of their deaths.

One thing I pride myself on is that, given the chance and if the book appeals to me, I will read a horror/paranormal/ghost book. I love scaring myself silly with horror movies so I suppose that's why I don't mind so much with those types of books. However, I will warn you in advance; do not read this book after your family has gone to bed! It's not terrifying as such - it is recommended for eleven year olds and up after all - but if you have an overactive imagination (like myself) then every creak upstairs turns into the boogeyman coming after you! ;3 

Each of the stories were unique and likeable, but if I were to pick a favourite, it would probably be either Gina's or Evelyn's. Admittedly, those aren't the creepiest stories (Johnnie's probably wins that round) but, for some reason, I really enjoyed them. The ending to Evelyn's story, although sad, was a little touching too. As was Lily's. But I'd be here all day if I were to go into detail about each one. Instead I'll just tell you that each narrator has an individual voice and an unusual story to tell. You'll want to read this book first-hand to know where I'm coming from though! ;) And just to intrigue you even more... I hope you get your happy ending, Lily!

Oh yes, another thing that might interest you. Each of these ghost stories contains a little truth. At the end - in 'A Note from the Author' - Fleming goes on to tell us facts about the parts of each story that were based on the truth. It's actually really interesting as where this book is set, Chicago, is where Fleming lives. For instance, White Cemetery (the graveyard this book's set in), is just outside of her city! But enough of my rambling.

So with Halloween just around the corner, On The Day I Died is the perfect read for after your trick-or-treating. ;) With unique, unusual stories and a bunch of individual, different voices, this book would be perfect if you're stuck in the house bored. Even though it's not made it into my favourites, it's still a likeable read. If this appeals to you, go for it - it'll only take a few hours out of your time anyway! :)

A big thank you to Random House for sending me out this book to review!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo


  1. This looks like such a run book and I look forward to reading it when it starts getting a little darker and colder, so that I can read it curled up in bed :)

  2. Thanks for the awesome review! I haven't read many horror books, but the ones I have I have really enjoyed! This book sounds brilliant, thanks for the fantastic review! :)
    Beth xx

  3. I know what you mean about the story within a story - I read another book like that once, it's called A tale Dark and Grimm- it's horror-y too and I know you'd love it if you loved this book! Great review - it's convinced me to read it :D

  4. Short stories made up of one story sounds interesting. I love horror movies too, but I am too much of a wimp to watch anything rated over 15.. lol! ;) This sounds perfect for Halloween. Glad you enjoyed, even though it didn't make your favourites. Great review, Rachel :) x

  5. I'm a chicken when it comes to books like this, but I always like to read them. I will keep in mind that I will read this book in daylight, otherwise I'm going to get little sleep :p

    Great review! I haven't heard of this book before, so I'm going to check it out :)


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