Dying to Forget by Trish Marie Dawson
Trish Marie Dawson
Sometimes the day you die is only the beginning of a new job.
Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation and finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She’s given only two choices: Move on to the unknown where she’ll be forced to spend an eternity in her own personal hell or be trained as a Volunteer and return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of outside assistance.
Does Piper have what it takes to save a life, to be the nagging voice inside another person’s head? Or will she fail and end up lost and tormented…forever?
About Trish Marie Dawson:
When Trish isn’t writing or researching or editing or formatting, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun.
As a strict Vegetarian, she holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from the mini-lab/aussie shepherd/cocker spaniel mix – Zoey – and her little brother, the chow/retriever rescue from Mexico – Bear – both of whom are always getting into some sort of trouble. Especially now that they have a little sister – Kaylee – a rescue from the USA/Mexico border that will most likely grow to be the size of both her older siblings combined.
They all share the house with River, the cat. Who is part dog and part old man. Trish hates roaches, like, LOATHES COMPLETELY, though she often fantasizes about seeing one in Steampunk gear and she has an unhealthy obsession with a certain bow & arrow wielding zombie hunter. Don’t judge – every girl has dreams.
A Review from K.S. Haigwood –
“Truly one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. I can’t say enough about this book, but spoilers are not my thing, so I will just say as much as I can without over doing it. Don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I do want to encourage you to read it.
I can only imagine how many people think about committing suicide in this cruel world every day. Whether it’s work, family, lifestyle or something tragic that has happened that one believes they can’t possibly go on living with anymore, ‘The Station’ gives those that have given up another option besides Hell(although that is totally still an option). Being a volunteer is not an easy task, nor is it something that should be chosen lightly.
Ride with Piper on her journey in the after-life. I promise you will be picking up Dying To Remember as soon as you finish the last page. I highly recommend this novel to anyone between the ages of 14 – 100.”
Review by Roxanne Crouse:
Dying To Forget (The Station) by Trish Marie Dawson is a young adult urban fantasy novelette about a girl named Piper who experiences three tragedies she can’t deal with and unfortunately commits suicide. She ends up at the station, a place in-between living and heaven where people who commit suicide must make a choice.
I enjoyed this book. It’s written well, edited well, formatted perfectly for kindle, and the main character really has a distinct personality, but conflict rages in me because of the suicide subject matter and this book being aimed at the young adult age group. I’m always leery of YA books focusing on suicide. In this case, I feel the book isn’t glamorizing it in any way. The beginning shows it as a sad, heartbreaking choice. Once the reader passes the tragic beginning, a more positive message of finding purpose through helping others is presented.
The idea of the station afterlife for suicide victims is interesting, but not unique. I liked how it was handled, but similar ideas have been in books and movies like Beetlejuice before. The author is able to add her own flavor to the idea.
As soon as the main character Piper hops into her first assignment, I could see the ending coming. It wasn’t a surprise for me, but hopefully it will be for other readers. I’m a fellow writer so it’s easy for me to pick out a set up. For the age group this book is intended for it may be a surprising ending, less experience in life and all.
Even though I could predict what was coming, I still enjoyed reading the story. The writing was well done. The way the story ends, the author must be planning to write sequels. It leaves you on a cliffhanger of sorts. I’m looking forward to the next book coming out to see where it goes from the ending.
I do recommend this book despite its heartbreaking subject matter. It’s a great read if you are looking for a tearjerker in the beginning part of the book.