Sunday, May 22, 2011
by Kristen Heitzmann
I've heard some really great things about this author so I wanted to read one of her books. Let me start out by saying I couldn't put this book down. It was gripping and entertaining. I'm not one for posting spoilers so I won't go into too many details, but the book starts off with an injured Olympic medal skier and a girl with a unique gift. They connect because he saves her nephew's life and their lives become more and more connected. During this time someone targets the male character and weird things begin happening.
The only reason I would give this book less than a 5 star is because through the first half of the book I remained confused about some of the characters. I felt like I'd jumped into the middle of their story and was playing catch up. I realize that some things can't be reveled until just the right moment in the story, but some of these things didn't seem to go with the story at all. They were additional characters that might have had their story told in a previous book and were just here because they lived in the same town as the main characters. Very confusing.
This in no way made me put the book down, but it did leave me wondering why there was no mention of a prequel on the book anywhere so I could have read it first.
The book deals with loss, grief, love and eidetic memory. Not your typical book.
But with each (good) book that I read I become involved in the characters lives and feel their joy, pain, etc.
There were two main things that I learned from this book -
1. Every moment counts. Don't be sorry later because your child (or loved one) is no longer with you and you were too busy to pay attention and spend time with them.
2. Someone may appear strange, weird or different, but that doesn't mean that they can't add something to my life. There is always something to learn from someone else. Try to see past the exterior to the wonderful inside that God created.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.