I thought I'd be able to read it right away but life got in the way. It sat on my desk unabashedly, and quietly waited for me to pick it up and read just one page. So I finally got a chance on this stormy night and opened to the first page.
One sitting. That's all it took to read 134 pages of page-flipping anxiety and tension mounting to see what would happen next. It would have been criminal of me to take a break and deprive myself of reading it all at once. I could not put it down.
Val is a young black woman who has just entered into college, and Bud is an older white man in his seventies -- quite an odd friendship that they develop from one afternoon at a coffee shop because of unexpected events. Bud has an ability to know things, and Val has her own special abilities. A connection between the two is born and the ultimate inevitability of fate begins to play its incredibly twisted game. What choices would you make if you could see the future? What about the ability to move stuff physically without touching it? How would you use that power? Is it a gift?
I cannot in good conscience tell you any further details or events about this story because it would destroy the opportunity to experience this firsthand and to flip the pages as I did. Suffice it to say that there is the slight chance that there might be some readers that get a tad...uncomfortable in a few sections, but isn't that what happens when you mess with fate and then maybe have to do a little backpedaling to adjust?
The writing was absolutely fantastic, one chapter flowing to another with such an ease that is missing in most highly promoted and publicized books. The subject matter and events experienced by Val and Bud are astonishing, comforting, and extraordinary.
To be quite honest, I'm stunned that there isn't more of a scramble to read this incredibly creative book and discover the twisted little maze of life's game. This is a powerhouse story in a tiny little book that packs more jaw-dropping moments and speechless intensity than some overly promoted books from large publishing houses. I'm waiting for this little story to take the world by storm. R.J. Erbacher has created a calculated and gripping account of what happens when sometimes, you screw around with fate, and sometimes, when you can't.
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__________________________________________________________________________________FTC Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of his book.
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