Gabriel's Angel Paperback – 24 Jul 2010
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The setting for Gabriel’s Angel is interesting. The premise is a therapy group in a space just below heaven. This therapy group comprises of dead and nearly dead people who are there to talk about their lives and establish whether they go to heaven or back to their lives, or end up in the depths of hell. The plot looks at the lives of these people before and after their deaths.
The eponymous Gabriel is grieved to find himself in a coma and in therapy, stating more than once that he must have already gone to hell. With his partner Ellie, he was going through IVF before he was hit by a car. His plotline also follows Ellie’s attempts to finish the IVF process. Julie, the woman who ran Gabriel over, is also in the group. Her guilt rings through for doing this to Gabriel. Her love life pans out on Earth whilst she is unconscious and provides a lot of the humour within the novel. Yvonne was murdered by Kevin and both are unhappy to find the other is present in the therapy group. The interplay between these two is interesting and humorous but sometimes gets a little straining.
The two angels, Clemitius and Christopher are very different characters and play increasingly estranged roles in the plot. Their character development was one of the highlights of the book for me. I like that the book doesn’t necessarily prescribe to definite boundaries of good and bad and this is something that is particularly evident where the angels are concerned.
An engaging, emotional and thought-provoking read. I laughed at times, felt twisted knots of sorrow in my stomach and genuinely hoped that in the end these characters would find solace. This is the best book of my challenge so far and a book I will remember and think of for a long time yet.
Mark really brings his characters to life and a few times made me gasp out loud at the dark things that happen to them! (the barbed wire incident will stay with me)
I especially enjoyed (strangely)the failed eighties pop star character, so gruesome, so selfish... so funny.
I found it very interesting to read about IVF from a male perspective, moving too.
Gabriel's Angel is a must read for everyone!!
It's a cleverly written book and I enjoyed it greatly. I laughed out loud in places - and I love when a book can do that.
I don't usually go for this type of book, however I had just finished "Stranger than Kindness" and was keen to read another by this author.
I would highly recommend it.
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