by James P. Kimmel, is about a lawyer who basically gets raptured to prosecute and defend souls in the Christian End-of Days Judgement. Based on the book blurb, she must then solve the mystery of her own death or something.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
I initially saw the title and liked the premise it implied.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I read to the end of the sample and would have kept reading. The main character starts in a train station, but has amnesia. It is a little trite, but the interest is kept up by the character’s step by step deduction of who she is. By the end of the sample, she’s naked and covered in blood, which is a great hook!
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
Kimmel could have chosen a more interesting place to represent purgatory; a train station is classic to the point of stagnation, and it gives the opening a Harry Potter feel, if you’ve ever read book seven. He gets the mood right, though. Bonus points as well for making a character naked in public; it may seem like a cheap trick, but it will get reader’s empathy by forcing them to think up what they’d do in such a situation.
I don’t plan to buy this book, but I might check it at a library some time. The sample was very short, but based on what I’ve seen so far it’s worth a read.