Review: How Not to Die Alone

How Not to Die Alone





A darkly funny and life-affirming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine the story of one man who is offered a second chance at life and love when he develops an unexpected friendship–if he can expose the white lie he told years ago that grew into so much more.

Andrew’s day-to-day is a little grim, searching for next of kin for those who die alone. Thankfully, he has a loving family waiting for him when he gets home, to help wash the day’s cares away. At least, that’s what his coworkers believe.

Andrew didn’t mean for the misunderstanding to happen, yet he’s become trapped in his own white lie. The fantasy of his wife and two kids has become a pleasant escape from his lonely one bedroom with only his Ella Fitzgerald records for company. But when new employee Peggy breezes into his life like a breath of fresh air, Andrew is shaken out of his routine. She doesn’t notice the wall he’s been safely hiding behind and their friendship promises to break it down.

Andrew must choose: Does he tell the truth and start really living his life, but risk losing his friendship with Peggy? Or will he stay safe and alone, behind the façade? How Not to Die Alone is about the importance of taking a chance in those moments when we have the most to lose. Sharp and funny, warm and real, it’s the kind of big-hearted story we all need.

Rating: 3.5-stars


There are not that many books that I can say, I didn’t like that well. But this one, How Not to Die Alone, is one of them. First, the story is about how Andrew works for a firm that finds the dead’s person next of kin. Sometimes, the dead are simply alone. That is where it becomes awkward for Andrew. But it is his job. Then, there’s this lie he told at work for his work. He apparently has a fake life where he is married and has kids. Andrew keeps up this lie until the meets a new woman at work. Peggy has a way of reforming Andrew. Although, she’s in a relationship yet her and Andrew are beginning to have a romantic relationship too. It’s quirky, dark, and it just didn’t hit the right spot for me. I was only enticed to find out what would happen to Andrew with his lie he told. Would it explode on him or would he face the consequences? What would happen either way? Otherwise, I had to force myself to read this book. It felt like Andrew’s dilemma was dragged out to a point, I didn’t really want to care but needed to know how it did end. Overall, it was just okay. Not something that I would highly recommend.

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