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.
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I Admire Connie Willis' Courage
Usually I am not really thrilled by the subject of the book, I rather avoid novels about afterlife, near death experiences and similar. I read this book, because Connie Willis' "Doomsday Book" moved me deeply and is one of my favorite science fiction novels.
I am full of admiration for Connie Willis, she confronts us in this book with the fundamental question of our life "What happens, when we die?" . The serious approach to this subject is very unusual for a science fiction book. She does not hide behind religious dogmas, esoteric speech bubbles, myths and fuzzy nonsense, but sticks to the dry and hard facts.
The framework of the story is simply told. Two young scientists investigate near death experiences by interviewing patients recovering from traumas or by using drugs to send volunteers into a comatose condition. And of course, there is also the other side, the religious fanatic, who talks about angels and communicating with the dead. The research work leads to some quite dramatic developments, but Connie Willis does not offer any miracles or surprising answers to soften the hard blows of life and death. There is deep love and emotion in the story, but none of the teary eyed stuff of soap operas.
The characters are plausible and real and built with a lot of love to the detail.
The medical facts are well researched and some of the readers might feel overwhelmed by this amount of detail. I can imagine that especially for younger readers the story develops too slow and contains too much scientific facts and some readers might get impatient, but I believe that this is actually the strength of the story.
It is a great novel, but perhaps not for everybody.
3 Leute fanden das hilfreich
not easy reading but magnetic
I liked this book because it offered a lot of knowledge about historical events and about neurological findings about the brain. This book is difficult to place. It is not a criminal thriller but a thriller never the less.
3 Leute fanden das hilfreich