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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Oct. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F8Z8NHE
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Hmmm - if I'd known this was about Christian redemption, complete with bleeding Christ pulling himself free from the cross to offer a chance of eternal salvation,I'd never, ever have selected this book for review. The blurb gave me the idea it was a whodunnit, a murder mystery, and as it's listed, on my Amazon at least, with other urban fantasy books, that's what I was expecting - a sort of ghostly Sam Spade. This is not, however, urban fantasy as I understand and read the genre. It's a Christian ghost story with a feel-good God-forgives-just-about-anything ending.
I thought the idea of someone solving their own murder had potential, but there's no real mystery here, the back story emerges with very little sleuthing, and the 'hero' takes only one truly decisive step that I can recall, otherwise others do the work for him, or just tell him the stuff he needs.
There's a red herring murder of sorts - although it was that murder that led to James and Jacob meeting, and ultimately climbing the crystal stairway to heaven (cue Led Zeppelin!) - so you might say she was sacrificed for their greater good, poor soul.
So I am, as is probably clear from the tone of this review, annoyed by this book. If feel-good christianity is for you, then you'll enjoy it. If it isn't, avoid this book. And if you're after an urban fantasy Sam Spade mystery, this isn't that either! In its defence it's tightly written, not too long and easy to read.
However this will not stop me trying new, at least to me, authors, as I see the opportunities to do so as presented by Amazon, as one of the biggest advantages of owning a Kindle.
The end was a little mushy with Jesus and Heaven mentioned, but not at all in a preachy way. It was all very open-minded about belief and spirituality and the reader can make up his own mind about the meaning. I really liked it, well worth a read.
With the help of a conveniently situated medium James begins to unravel what happened.
It's a mystery novel with a spiritual message. Well written but no Pulitzer prize winner, it is a tautly worded tale that is never boring.
It is ideal long journey material. The key is that it engages the reader, you want to find out what happens next.
The only disappointment is the lack of character depth which turns this from a great book into a good read.
I would bet that `The Body Departed' ends up a movie one day and that I am also looking forward to.
This is my first J.R. Rain novel but it won't be my last.
I'm off to listen to `Unchained Melody'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started off really well i thought the premise was quite interesting a ghost investigating his own murder but unfortunately it turned into religious/forgiveness twaddle but it was... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andrea Whitaker
A different plot from what I first thought :S Bit too religious for me.Published 15 months ago by FJS
A brilliant book, want more of this author. Will check out for new titles!Published 21 months ago by Tinks