A Christmas present from Carrie. Thank you, Carrie! Connie Willis
takes on the subject of death, more specifically near-death
experiences (NDEs). Joanna Lander works at Mercy General Hospital
researching NDEs in the hope of finding a scientific explanation for
the visions her patients experience in those fateful moments between
life and death. It's
when she teams up with fellow researcher Richard Wright that things
really start to get interesting. This was quite a page-turner, and
Willis brings up a lot of good questions about death and the
afterlife that most people would probably rather not think about. My
only complaint is that some parts seemed overwritten, as if she was
trying to make some rather obvious points over and over again. The
length of the book helps to build the suspense, however. I didn't
want to put it down.
I will remember it forever,
the darkness and the cold.
Edith Harman, a Titanic survivor
"What is it like down there, Charides?"
"And what of return?"