The blurb reads,
“What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense—and powers—that almost no one else in the world did?
When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light—but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been.
But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them—some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows—and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.”
This was one book which I enjoyed reading while in transit. The book started off in an abrupt and surprising manner and I really wondered what I had gotten myself into. However, the book picked up and then started Amanda’s journey discovering her newly acquired sense.
The idea itself is not new, there have been films made and topics debated, about the sixth sense, whether people could sense auras and also if people could heal and kill using that energy. But I felt this was thoroughly explored by Peter in his book, Lightpoints.
Amanda finds herself acutely aware of everyone’s energy after a ghastly attempt on her life. She struggles to come to terms with this, when she finds that she is not alone. There are others who have had Near Death Experiences (NDE) who can feel people.
The book then outlines how she comes to terms with becoming sensitive to people’s energies and finds Lisa, another one with this special power, who brings such people together.
What Amanda cannot bear, however, is to hide this from her husband Chris. There is an intricate story around Amanda and Chris’s relationship and I wish the author would have deliberated more on that. I would have loved to know about how they met, those memories. But I realise it would not have been necessary for the plot.
On the other side, a mafia leader discovers a dark side of the power, and uses it to kill. He goes recruiting to find more with his power and to make an unbeatable side and uses the people to kill some people who refuse to join the mafia
Meanwhile, Amanda confides in Chris, whose immediate reaction is to become like her to share her experiences. Although this is a very risky proposition, Chris wants to go through and manages to convince Lisa and John, her partner, to preside the sessions. After a few stressful sessions, Chris becomes one of them.
Amanda’s life turns upside down when the mafia collide with her world and take from her what she loves the most. She decides to take revenge against them to avenge the tragedy. It is here that the book really let me down.
There could have been so much more done with the ending and an epilogue showing Amanda dealing with her life. I just felt the end was abrupt. After finding out a different way to use her powers to avenge the tragedy, the book simply concludes, as Amanda having done what she was supposed to do. But it left too many unanswered questions. In a way it made me think about how Amanda would live her life, but I would rather an epilogue to clarify the too many questions in my mind.
There were elements that really made me wonder what would happen if life would change this way. The characterisation is very good and there are very few parts which are not central to the story. The story made me think which is something I appreciate from an author.
This book should be enjoyed while travelling, because I used to read it during my hour long commute, and found that it kept me good company then.