The trend is girls on a train it seems. Katie has taken that concept, mixed it in with the opening shot of the movie Unbreakable and fleshed it out in an enjoyable manner.
There is an explosion on a train that kills everyone but one person. She, of course, is dealing with the whys and not wanting to have much to do with the collective "remembering" of the town around her.
But there are forces at work that prevent her from remaining a recluse.
Ganshert kept me interested in the story and the characters even while I freely admit this isn't the kind of book I'd typically pick up to read. She unfolded the reveals and the twists in a very smooth fashion. It almost felt like reading an episode of LOST and I genuinely wanted to find out what was going to happen with Autumn, Paul and his family, and their friends.
Her style of writing is fantastic. It didn't feel like an episode of any tv show on The CW nor a soap opera. While there is certainly drama and romantic "tints" to this story, it by no means felt forced or simply inserted to make the story. It felt real, in the midst of a horrific experience, the emotions and mental gymnastics felt true.
I enjoyed the story and the journey the characters traveled. I would recommend this to my friends to read as a way to help them exercise their deeper, spiritual questions about God, destiny, purpose, and life.
Great stuff by Katie Ganshert.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by WaterBrook Publishing