Eva’s contemplative journey, though painful at times, will resonate with readers wondering about their own purpose. As she struggles to make sense of her surroundings, Eva’s In-Between guide, Thomas, and new friend, Annabel, try to answer her questions without influencing her ultimate choice. In the process, Eva comes to grips with having spent her life avoiding uncomfortable emotions and working too hard to please others, learning from “The Master” of the In-Between that “When a challenge is great, we must look into our hearts. That is always where the answer lies.” But Eva is certain her heart lies with her son, and the overwhelming pull of motherhood beckons until the very end, when she makes an unexpected and somewhat shocking decision that results in unforeseen consequences for Eva and all she holds dear.
This is a weighty story, despite some welcome comic relief (Eva’s In-Between room comes packed with her favorite fashion accessories, and there’s even a bar in the sky with an endless drink selection). But Constantin’s message is one of uplifting hope: in the end, being true to yourself is what’s most important. Readers of inspirational metaphysical fiction will leave the story eager for the next installment.
Takeaway: Facing impossible choices in the afterlife, a mother discovers what’s most important.
Great for fans of: Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues, Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: B