This is one of those books that once you read it, you never can forget it. And it will change your life and your perception of the world around you.
This is a story of a criminal psychologist, Finlay Logan, who is struggling with mental issues of his own due to the death of his beloved daughter. The book is written slightly in the future at a time when religious fanaticism is close to being determined to be a form of mental illness. Finlay must decide whether April Smith, a young woman who blew up a bus load of young atheists, is insane. Helping in his endeavor is Gabrielle Salmon, a scientist who has discovered a “process” whereby a patient can have a direct experience with God, thereby eliminating all guilt, shame and sorrow. Ms. Salmon not only claims to be able to connect Finlay and his patient to God but she also tells Finlay that she is in contact with his dead daughter, Flora.
This book raises so many questions about life and death and I think it gives a fascinating view of both. Examined are theories of alternate universes and that words create our reality. While the book is scientifically based, it is very readable and pulls you right into the story. I loved these characters, yes, even Finlay although his history with women certainly wasn’t the best. You have to feel compassion for this very human man with all his faults. There are two alternate endings to this book, which is just perfection due to the book’s theme.
Even if you’re not on a quest for spiritual enlightenment, this book is a delight just from a literary standpoint. It’s so beautifully written and I personally found it to be very uplifting and encouraging. Highly recommended.
This book was given to me by the publisher through LibraryThing in return for an honest review.