The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes

Synopsis:
Lucy only wanted to save her sister after a accident, but a lifetime escorting souls to hell wasn’t quite the price she had in mind, and now she wants out.

Review:
The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns was a quick, breezy read. Elizabeth Leikness has imagination to spare when it comes to her plotting, and I never quite guessed what was coming next. She has a wonderfully satirical wit, but her book isn’t superficial at all.

Lucy’s job is to wrangle the truly wicked and send them to hell, and has been paid handsomely for it. In addition to her sister’s life being saved, Lucy has a perfect body and all the worldly goods she wants. However, she’s estranged from her family and prevented from falling in love. She wants a normal life desperately, but afraid she’ll end up transferred to the (very hot) Main Office.

The theological underpinnings of the book aren’t exactly orthodox–they’re more Gnostic than anything else–but that didn’t detract from the pleasures of the book. Sure, this Faustian tale won’t cut the Reformed or Catholic muster, but the voice that Leiknes creates for Lucy is a lot of fun to experience.

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