Not everyone’s adjustment to the afterlife is smooth. What happens to the people who refuse to walk into The Light?
Change is scary. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this novel was how it explored why people are so afraid of new things and what happens when someone is caught off guard by it. I was especially intrigued by how the different characters reacted to circumstances that were sometimes similar to one another. No two people will necessarily respond the same way to the same sequence of events. It was interesting to see how their personalities and past experiences influenced their reactions to these scenes.
This book had a tendency to tell the reader what was happening instead of showing it to us. The characters themselves were well done, but I never had the chance to figure out what it was that made them so fascinating for myself because the narrator told me just about everything there was to know about them as soon as they were introduced. This tendency also extended to the plot itself. The premise was great, but I wasn’t able to immerse myself in what was happening because so much of it was revealed upfront.
The plot twists were nicely done. While I saw some of them coming ahead of time, there were also a few surprises along the way that I never would have expected from this tale. The author seemed to have an intuitive understanding of what the audience was expecting from her, and she knew exactly when to give to those expectations as well as when she should ignore them. Her creativity in this area makes me curious to see what she will come up with next!
I’d recommend At the Corner of Magnetic and Main to anyone who is in the mood for a romantic ghost story that isn’t frightening at all.
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