Reviewed by Melanie Kline

What if your family and friends, co-workers and boss first heard of your death, via Facebook?” This is the question posed on the back of the book and being a Facebook user myself, it definitely stirred my interest. Unfortunately, the subject was barely touched upon at all.

While in Hawaii, Private Jimmy Turner dies when he is pushed into a volcano in a restricted area. Worse yet, Janet, the love of his life, is the one who does it by luring him there to have sex. Janet then goes back to their cabin and makes a post on Jimmy’s Facebook page. The post reads: “I just wanted to let you all know that I am dead.” She then cuts off all of her hair, dons Jimmy’s clothes and proceeds to parade around Hawaii as if she is Private Turner and nothing is wrong. Eventually, when Jimmy doesn’t show up for his deployment, military police come looking for him and Janet flees.

After totaling the car, Janet meets Starshine Aloha, a hippie who lives off of the land along with a few of her friends. Janet introduces herself as Jimmie and is staying with the group when the volcano she pushed Jimmy into erupts and she winds up in a fight for her own life.

While I found the book interesting, I did not feel that Death by Facebook by Everett Peacock addressed the million dollar question at all. In fact, I thought that there were far too many unanswered questions. Janet killed Jimmy because she read a Facebook post on his account from his brother stating that she could be their long lost sister. And yet, she never questioned him about it – instead she opted to kill him rather than investigate the rumor. Later in the book, Janet found herself pregnant with Jimmy’s child and had a late term abortion, stating that “my brother did this to me”. Why did she feel the need to impersonate him after his death instead of just living her life?

Another issue I had with Death by Facebook was that it was barely proofread, if at all. There were misspellings throughout; on some pages and in the same paragraph, beer cans became beer bottles, etc. All in all, this was an intriguing read, but not at all what I had expected, way off from the subject matter and made even more irritating by the spelling and grammar mistakes.

Rating: 2.5/5

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Everett Peacock. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.