In the Event of Death dives deep into characters who are resilient in spite of the ever-changing world around them.


The Description

Publication Date: February 14, 2023

When the Recession crushes their splashy event business in Silicon Valley, Liz Becker and Gabbi Rossi realize that parties are on hold—but funerals must go on.

Planning a memorial with flowers, music, and food isn’t that different from a wedding, right? But Liz has had a crippling fear of death since losing her younger sister in a childhood tragedy. Knowing her husband and twin sons depend on her income, she reluctantly agrees to produce end-of-life events. As Gabbi promised, the money starts rolling in. When an old real estate tycoon hires them to plan his “after party,” Liz finds an unlikely mentor. Just as things are looking up, she learns that someone she loves has a serious illness. Death planning gets personal.

The Review

As co-owner of an event planning company, Liz Becker knows better than to turn down an opportunity for desperately needed funds, even if the event is a funeral. She isn’t happy about it, though.

Author Kimberly Young delivers an interesting storyline with In the Event of Death. Liz’s partner, Gabbi, easily embraces the company’s shift, but Liz has a long-standing phobia relating to death. There’s also something to be said about how Liz (the details person) handles things out of her control.

With the economy tanking and dwindling finances, Liz is juggling her marriage, twin sons, and a mother recently diagnosed with cancer. If there is one constant, it is that sometimes things happen that are unpredictable. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, the storyline demonstrates how Liz faces her fears and learns how to let go.

As a debut title, the story provides a solid cast of characters who are relatable. Gabbi’s sense of humor meshes well with her personality. The troubled relationship between Liz and her mother lends an interesting twist.

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About The AuthorKimberly Young grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. After attending Dartmouth College, she received her MFA from Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellow. As an advertising copywriter and marketing consultant, she worked with clients ranging from startups to Apple. In the Event of Death is her debut novel, set in the suburbs of Silicon Valley.

Kim and her husband have three grown children and split their time between California and Idaho. When she isn’t reading, writing, or walking her dog, Kim loves to watch TV with her husband. Favorite productions include The Offer, The Queen’s Gambit, and Broadchurch. Among others, her vices are chilled Sauvignon Blanc and dark chocolate. She starts every morning with Peets Coffee and Wordle.




Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Hi Amy,

    Thank you for your wonderful review of my debut novel, In the Event of Death. Until my book launch, I didn’t realize there were so many fabulous (female) book bloggers in America. You offer such a vital service to both authors and readers. Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day and that chocolates and champagne are on the menu!


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In the Event of Death dives deep into characters who are resilient in spite of the ever-changing world around them.5-STAR REVIEW: IN THE EVENT OF DEATH by Kimberly Young