Tuesday, June 18, 2013



by Erin Healy
Thank you Litfuse for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

"Architect Vance Nolan has crafted a marvel—shining apartments floating in the peaceful cove of a winding river. When the project is partially occupied and about to make investors rich, a sinkhole gives way.

Then torrential rains quickly flood the cove, leaving a handful of builders, investors, and residents cut off from the rest of the world.

The motley group is bitterly divided over how to survive.

Vance insists they wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single-mom Danielle Clement, obligated to each man and desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, isn’t sure which one is wiser.

Power failure, an unnatural daytime darkness, explosions, and then a murder slowly expose hidden intentions and dark histories. But Simeon has spotted something bright underwater—beautiful, shifting lights in the dark depths.

In this watery world, everyone’s secrets will eventually come to light. And deliverance may mean more than just getting out alive."

Erin never ceases to amaze me; her flawless writing and intricate weaving of the physical with the spiritual always keeps me coming back for more. My brain gets a workout with every novel of hers that I read and there is always an application to my spiritual life as well. Afloat was no different. I enjoyed every page of it, but I do have to say that this novel was harder for me to find the meaning in. Perhaps I spent too much time trying to figure out what the lights were (I'm still iffy on that), or maybe there was just so much going on that I was just running from one event to the next, I don't know. It did make this book a little less amazing and a little more confusing for me, but do not let that dissuade you from this novel. Even IF you are completely confused and have to read the book a second time (which I'm considering) you will still enjoy the amazing story that Erin has written in Afloat!

In Afloat: I was fascinated by the floating apartments that were the setting for this newest novel, I can't even imagine how much research went into just this aspect of the book alone! Vance quickly became my favorite (as, it seems, he should) and there were plenty of times I wanted to yell at Danielle (possibly because I see myself in her). Besides the characters, who immediately won you over or left a bad taste in your mouth, the story kept me hooked. With every page there was a secret revealed, an escape attempt made or another little disaster happening. The action never stopped. Afloat quickly delved into the dark recesses of the human heart and explored the question: Who do you rely on? Who do you turn to in the deepest, darkest of times?

I loved watching each character develop and the further I read, the more secrets were revealed. Afloat is definitely a book that will hold your interest and keep your brain spinning!

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Erin Healy said...

Alexia, thank you for the kind review and for supporting all my work! You're invaluable.

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