Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden is more than a book, it is a piece of pure art. Godden has given us a story of grief, depression, and pain and she has presented it to us beautifully. Wolf is a writer who is haunted by their past and comforted by Mrs Death herself, or so we are told. The book is partially an interview between Wolf and Mrs Death, some short stories from Mrs Deaths past, poetry, and what you could call Wolf's diary. This broad combination of writing styles created something I have never come across before who made it even more compelling.
As you learn more about Wolf, you come to realise that they may not be the most trustworthy narrator. Am I reading something that happened or am I just being told it the way Wolf sees it or even the way Wolf wants it to be seen by others? When we are introduced to Wolf it’s clear that they aren’t the most put-together person, they’ve been pulled apart by a life full of death and it’s taken its toll on Wolf's mind. You can’t help but feel like you’re reading someone's train of thought exactly as they are thinking it. It doesn’t always make perfect sense straight away but when you understand it’s the same as a heavy fog being lifted.
Godden creates conversations in this novel that can so easily feel forced or difficult truths to swallow. The focus on mental health from depression, PTSD, alcoholism and more is so subtle you almost don’t realise that’s what’s happening. Not to mention the clearer conversations about racial, gender, and class inequality. These are all things we should be talking about and thinking about but when I’ve read a book in the past that tries to climb the mountains of all of these topics it can become overwhelming or even take focus over the narrative, making you feel lectured rather than making you want to keep reading. Mrs Death Misses Death tackles all of these enormous topics with artistry and ease.
I don’t like to use the five-star reviewing system because it’s so subjective and instead prefer to say what type of reader might be most interested in this novel. But for Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden I give this five stars and recommend it to everyone. This is, without a doubt, the best book I have come across this year. Thank you Salena for creating something that touched me and gave me an unforgettable experience.