A tunnel, a light, a door. And beyond it...the unimaginable.
Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.
A brilliant young neurologist, Dr. Richard Wright has come up with a way to manufacture the near-death experience using a psychoactive drug. Joanna’s first NDE is as fascinating as she imagined — so astounding that she knows she must go back, if only to find out why that place is so hauntingly familiar.
But each time Joanna goes under, her sense of dread begins to grow, because part of her already knows why the experience is so familiar, and why she has every reason to be afraid. Yet just when Joanna thinks she understands, she’s in for the biggest surprise of all — a shattering scenario that will keep you feverishly reading until the final climactic page.
“A true heir to John Donne, Kurt Gödel and Preston Sturges, a wit with a common touch who’s read more great books, and makes better use of them in her work, than two or three lit professors put together.” (
“Willis has developed an idea that bears all the authority of a genuine insight: disturbingly plausible, compelling, intensely moving, and ultimately uplifting.” ( Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)
“Thoughtful, often fascinating ... Willis makes Lander’s journeys into the afterworld increasingly frightening and compelling." ( Chicago Tribune)
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Absolutely gripping from start to end
The narrative - it's exciting, yet truly throws you half way through. I remember reading the book some several years ago, being really gripped, reading it through the night while on holiday. The book stayed in my mind, if not the details, finding it again, listening this time, not being able to stop, but not wanting it to end.
I think Kate Atkinson's Life after Life and A God in Ruins have some echoes.
This is a book I would highly recommend. Very few books reduce me to tears, make me emotional, but this one does.
- Val Durow
Good story but needs serious editing