Author: Lori Reisenbichler
Release Date: February 17th, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 304 (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction | Mystery| Paranormal
Read: from March 23 to 28, 2015
Source & Shelf: Sent by Author | Kobo
ISBN: 9781477821824 (Paperback)
On the night that Shelly Buckner finally became a mother, she very nearly became a widow. Her husband, Eric, seriously injured in a car accident on the way to the hospital, was dead for a full eight minutes before being revived all while Shelly was in labor. Those eight minutes changed everything Shelly thought was possible.
Three years later, their son, Toby, brings home an imaginary friend. But he s no ordinary playmate John Robberson is a fighter pilot and Vietnam vet. As Toby provides unlikely details about John s life and Toby s tantrums increase Shelly becomes convinced that John was real and now wants something from Toby. But her husband has his doubts, and as Shelly becomes involved, even obsessed, with finding out the truth, their marriage begins to disintegrate. Torn between protecting her child and keeping the peace with her husband, Shelly desperately searches for a way to finally put John Robberson out of their lives.”
Disclaimer: Thank you Kandy Alamenda and Lori Reisenbichler for providing me with a copy.
Eight Minutes is far more than what the synopsis gives you. I started reading this book with no idea what to expect from it and in the end I admit I was surprised.
When Shelly gives birth to her son Toby, her husband Erica has an accident and is dead for a total of eight minutes. She doesn’t know but those eight minutes will change her life in a way she isn’t expecting. Three after this wonderful and dreadful day, Toby begins talking about a man named John Robberson. When Shelly understands that Robberson isn’t Toby’s imaginary friend but something more, something that can actually change and harm her family, things begin to change.
Lori Reisencbichler‘s debut novel managed to hook me almost straight away. How she built up the pace without giving too much and without going to fast helped getting to know the characters and sympathise with them. Shelly’s thoughts, fears and her stress at having to deal with something she doesn’t understand really gets into your skin and you end up wishing you could comfort her. The way her character was portrayed, the writing and the plot itself helped keeping the interest up and wanting to continue reading. You would always want to know what was going on despite having theories of your own.
The plot of what was happening came to Shelly in a slow pace. Despite the fact that she was a very clever woman, I found it somewhat uncanny that she couldn’t understand what was going on. But that detail didn’t bothered me at all – if Shelly had immediately acted upon what was happening the book wouldn’t have any substance at all.
I have to be honest that the only reason I didn’t give this book a full cup and ended up rating it 3,5 cups has to do with Eric, Shelly’s husband. His character got on my nerves a few times since he was so hard to understand and to understand others. Of course that with the development of the book you get to know what’s actually going inside his mind, but there were a few chapters were I simply wished Shelly to slap him or to yell at him.
Other reason why I couldn’t give this book a four cups rating has to do with the ending. Somehow I found the ending lacking something. The whole book had this energy to it that grabbed you instantly but the end kind of ended abruptly. I guess I was hoping for a full disclosure. Maybe this is a way for Lori Reisenbichler to allow us to have our own personal ending or to continue the story. Either way, I felt that something was amiss and that maybe the author didn’t had enough time to come up with a proper ending.