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More About the Author
As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she's doing what she loves best - writing and storytelling.
Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season.
Top Customer Reviews
If any agent reads this review, you would do well to grab Michelle as your client, because you will only be kicking yourself if you don't! Michelle Muto is destined to become a giant in this industry, if you don't believe me, then read "Don't Fear The Reaper," and you will know exactly what I'm talking about!
5 stars is not enough for this beautifully executed and brilliant work of literature.
So I'm breaking the rules and giving it infinity plus 1!
I returned to "Don't Fear The Reaper" recently, having expunged the memories of that terrible news story from my stream of consciousness and what I found in Muto's novel was a compelling journey taken by the protagonist Keely Morrison on the other side of this mortal coil. I was reminded somewhat of the film "What Lies Beneath" only in the sense that I was drawn to the possibilities that story presented and again, here in Muto's novel I was similarly attracted to her take on the after life. And, once again, Muto bends a genre to her will giving it a resounding freshness. Her characters are very well drawn and convincing. There is a sense of dark adventure within these pages and the tome is tense, exciting and thought provoking. Muto does not shy away from the exploration of suicide and its consequences both for her protagonist and for the people she has left behind. It is a risky subject to approach and yet I felt Muto addressed it in such a way that wasn't glamorizing it.
Don't Fear The Reaper is a deftly handled adventure that has moments of real emotion that makes for a rich and enjoyable reading experience.
Part of the draw for me is this author's amazing writing style. It's dark and haunting, but beautiful and delicate even while dealing with a sensitive, ugly subject. It certainly grabs you by the front of the shirt from the very first page and doesn't let you go until you finish reading. It takes a skilled author to do that.
I'll tell you right now, the subject matter is a bit dark. Keely, the main character, commits suicide in the first chapter. She is tortured by her twin sister's murder and takes her own life. But this author doesn't glorify suicide or make it appear as a great `get out of jail free' card. Rather, she shows its ugliness, its hopelessness. Keely is forced to come to terms with her death- and there isn't a moment that she doesn't regret her actions.
Keely goes on to purgatory, where she works with her Reaper and a demon to find her sister in the afterlife and fulfill her purpose. Muto's take on the afterlife is fascinating and sucks you in with exquisite detail. Can there be a Happily Ever After when a book starts with the main character's suicide? The answer is yes, when the author is skilled enough to make you actually like a demon, she is skilled enough to make the ending satisfying.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished this book, loved it. It was moving and interesting.Published 5 months ago by N. Miller
This book is great. With reapers, demons, angels, and other such nonliving beings how could it not be? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shelly Hammond
One of the best fiction books I have ever read involving the afterlife. I couldn't put it down not even to go to bed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Melissa Knight-Fitzgerald
I liked this book a lot. I enjoyed The main characters story into the afterlife and how it's not what she expected. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bella
The first 20-30% was interesting but then started to lose my interest. It finally pulled me back towards the end, but I fell asleep a lot during the time spent between. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rita Book
Quick read. Loved the characters. It pushed you through the gamut of emotions.Published 13 months ago by zioreb
It's not a hard read. It's fast paced despite it mostly being talking heads. Sucked it down in a day. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jake
This book was very interesting-great beginning that grabbed me from the start. I think teenagers would find this book relatable in some ways. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anya
This was a great read. Wasn't sure what to expect when I started but could not put it down once I did!Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer