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The Exit Man (Book) Review

 
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A gripping story that keeps you guessing at every turn.

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The euthanasia subject matter may be difficult for some readers.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“Suicide should come with a warning label: Don’t try this alone.” Eli Edelmann is man without purpose. After a failed attempt at making a career of glass blowing, his father’s sudden illness forced him to return home and manage the family party supply store through the midst of cancer treatment. When his father sadly doesn’t […]

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“Suicide should come with a warning label: Don’t try this alone.”

Eli Edelmann is man without purpose. After a failed attempt at making a career of glass blowing, his father’s sudden illness forced him to return home and manage the family party supply store through the midst of cancer treatment. When his father sadly doesn’t make it, Eli naturally stays on and continues keeping things going – it’s not like he really had anything to go back to anyway. It’s a sad existence, and there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of a light at the end of the tunnel – until an old family friend sets him on the path that will become his true calling.

The plan involves something a party store owner has plenty of access to: helium. Of course, it also involves mercy killing – something that would make anyone think twice. So what is Eli to do? He can help a very ill friend finally find peace, freedom from pain, and a dignified exit, all with the very real possibility of Eli ending up in prison for murder. Or, he can look away, and watch a formerly dignified man die a decidedly undignified death, with months of suffering preceding it. It’s naturally a difficult decision, but there’s one thing Eli doesn’t count on – he’s finally found his purpose in life. But just when things start to find some semblance of normalcy (well, Eli’s brand of normalcy anyway), a new love interest could be the very thing that sends his elaborately constructed house of cards toppling down.

The Exit Man is one of those books that kind of catches you off guard. For one thing, there’s the quite unique angle to the story. Though mercy killing is often a topic of discussion, I’ve never seen it approached in anything near this manner. Beyond that though, this is a book that never lets the reader get complacent. Regardless of whether you think you know where the story is going to go, it surprises you at nearly every turn – and in a good way. The story is gripping, and much more believable than you’d think. From bipolar girlfriends to nosy employees to police investigations, there is always something going on in Eli’s formerly uneventful life, and every event brings with it more surprises. It’s a fabulous read, that easily gets you hooked and keeps you that way till the very last page.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)