Saturday, October 8, 2011

Book Review: Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand by Deanne Blackhurst
Book Review by DeDe Smith

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Sleight of Hand is the story of Daniel a con man who dies and goes to hell. But unlike his expectation of a barren world with fire and brimstone, he is taken by his spirit guide Jonah to a beautiful cabin located in the mountains.

Is it possible to con your way out of hell? Fifty-two year old Daniel Cabrero thinks so and why wouldn’t he? That’s how he spent his entire life. But Jonah his spirit guide has reasons of his own for making sure Daniel pays for all the suffering and misery he’s caused others. Still sometimes people can change, even in hell. And maybe Daniel can keep his son from following the same path.

What an interesting read! I don't think I have ever read a book like this one, but I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the creative approach to the afterworld and I liked the very descriptive way that the author created every scene. I loved that the Wasteland was a lot like earth, except for no people and how lonely and miserable it can be even though it was beautiful. I especially enjoyed the concept that the things we do on earth affects others and that you will have to pay for your mistakes; but that you can find redemption if you truly want to. I also like that no matter what faith you are, you can find something you can relate to and it gives you a lot to consider. Daniel was a very believable character and although I don't agree with what he did, I came to like him as he truly repented of his mistakes.

I do wish we could have delved more into Jonah's character. I came away not really sure what was going on with him and I would have liked to understand him more.

It's not exactly an upbeat book, but I enjoyed it and I feel like it has me thinking about a few things differently than before. I encourage you to pick up this book with an open mind and you just might find some redeeming qualities!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher for review, but this did not influence my opinion.

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