Book Review- The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

Note: First of all, I’m so sorry for going missing for the whole week. I was overwhelmed with work, and my cousin brother who got into accident last Monday is finally pulling through. He might be discharged today. So much work, so little time.  But thank you for staying with me, today I will be reviewing the latest Mitch Albom book- The First Phone Call From Heaven. It took me 10 days to finish this book, because I didn’t want it to end so soon.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief–and a page-turner that will touch your soul–Albom’s masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom’s writing, and those who haven’t yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

My Ratings: 5/5

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You have lost your loved ones recently. All you wanted was to hear their voice one last time. One fine day, you received a phone call and you answered. Your wish has come true, it’s your loved ones at the end of the line. What would you do?

I felt that the beginning of the book was really powerful, it was written in such way that evokes your emotion and messes with your senses. Your brain is arguing the logic whereas your heart is contradicting your brain. You want to believe it, because deep inside, you want that to happen. The protagonist is Sully who lost his wife in a horrible accident, and with all the rumours emerging in all corners of Coldwater, his little boy aged 7 also hop into the bandwagon, praying hard that his mother will give him a call as well. Sully didn’t like the idea and is determined to find out.

To me, this was a really good book. I’ve experienced the same warmth that I felt when I read “For One More Day” not too long ago. However, I am not used to too many characters in the book, and have problems remembering them. Sometimes I mistake Kathreen for Tess, and need some time in adjusting my thoughts again.

Amy Penn- the reporter who took extra effort to stay in the story. I felt that her character could be the game-changer. For some reason, I’ve thought that there’s some real great potential there however Albom didn’t work on her character further, which is tad bit disappointing. Amy Penn stayed as Amy Penn till the end.

This book is definitely an eye-opener. You will take a harder look at life and start to appreciate every moment with your loved ones. You will sob hard in the middle of the book, and will pause to take deep breath. The moment I turned to the last page, I remember feeling a sense of lost and taking few minutes off to reflect and reminisce. I have big emotions for this book that is impossible to contain in this review alone. Go ahead and get the book, it’s worth it!

 

 

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