“Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” ~ Stephen King
Since my arrival in Dublin, I’ve had much time on my hands. I fill this time with sightseeing, writing, shopping, cooking, etc. One activity I’m grateful to have more time for is reading. There is nothing better than finding a really great page-turner, sitting down, and immersing yourself into an alternate world.
My book recommendation for the week is The Passage, by Justin Cronin. I was immediately sucked into this mesmerizing and suspenseful, multi-perspective, science fiction thriller. Cronin presents a recently popular vampire genre in a stimulating, and not so romantic way. He combines beautiful storytelling and character development, with bloodthirsty monsters that destroy a world and create a gory, new one. I can’t go into too much detail, because this intricate story is only best enjoyed page by page. I will, however, quote the description on the back of my copy; the very reason I initially bought the book:
“Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia, Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he’s been searching for – and wishes to God he hadn’t.
In Memphis, Tennessee, a six-year-old girl called Amy is left at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy and wonders why her mother has abandoned her.
In a maximum security jail in Nevada, a convicted murderer called Giles Babcock has the same strange nightmare, over and over again, while he waits for a lethal injection.
In a remote community in the California mountains, a young man called Peter waits for his beloved brother to return home – so he can kill him.
Bound together in ways they cannot comprehend, for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have imagined. And a journey is about to begin. An epic journey that will take them through a world transformed by man’s darkest dreams, to the very heart of what it means to be human.